Dance and the arts in psychotherapy: what is their contribution for wellbeing? Dance, and the arts in general, are increasingly being used as means of improving psychological wellbeing. A rising popularity of music, art, drama and dance movement psychotherapies raises interesting questions around their value, impact and effectiveness in supporting people who are faced with psychological struggles. Professor Vicky Karkou’s inaugural lecture seeks to explore this topic, drawing upon diverse perspectives and research methodologies to discuss the ways in which arts psychotherapy interventions are used. During her lecture she will reflect on the range of evidence that supports arts psychotherapies, identify gaps in the literature and suggest future directions in research and practice. Professor Karkou has spent over 20 years studying the area of arts psychotherapies and related fields, with focus on dance for wellbeing and movement psychotherapy. During her diverse career she has used her expertise to work with vulnerable children and adults in schools, voluntary organisations and the NHS, and has supported the development of the arts in psychotherapy in a number of different countries around the world. Her international career has recently led to her being offered the prestigious award of Honorary Doctorate at Riga Stradiņš University, one of Latvia’s top medical higher institutions. Professor Karkou is well published in national and international journals, she is one of the co-editors of the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, and is currently co-editing her third book.