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Beleura Private Hospital, Mornington
Art Therapist

Job Description and Criteria
Beleura Private Hospital is part of RHC group of hospitals. Ramsay Health Care is a leading provider of mental health services in Australia. Eliza ward is a 16 bed unit providing general / adult psychiatric services. We are seeking an Art Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team. The succesful candidate will be a motivated therapist who enjoys working as part of a team. You will have experience working with individual patients and group work.

Essential Criteria
Successful applicants must possess:
• Experience and qualification in Art Therapy
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Experience in group therapy

Hours by negotiation.

Benefits of joining the Beleura team:
We value our staff and provide a wide range of attractive local and national employee benefits including: • Staff recognition and reward programs
• Employee Benefit club offering discounted health and leisure choices
• Access to Ramsay corporate discounts including discounted private health insurance choices, discounted IT hardware & software & travel/holiday discounts
• Free carparking and pay rates comparable with the public health sector.

This organisation promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children in line with our Child Safety Commitment Statement.

Enquiries to: Karen Leigh –

Applications close: Sunday 30 April 2017

SA Health – Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Glenside Campus
Art Therapist, Inpatient Rehabilitation Service

Indicative Total Remuneration:
$86,052 – $99,495 – Temp F/T (up to 14/7/2018) – AHP2

You will be responsible for providing art therapy services to mental health consumers of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at Glenside Campus. These services aim to minimise the effects of mental health disabilities and maximise consumers’ potential for healthy and independent living. Engaging mental health consumers in art therapy using a range of mediums, you will design, implement and evaluate programmes to meet the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of consumers.

Managing equipment and supplies in the department, you will maintain an effective and confidential record system of interactions with clients. Upholding vigilance to the safety and security of consumers is paramount in working consumers of both an open and closed ward environment. Maintaining a strong consumer focus, you will actively promote the Art Therapy discipline and its associated activities and programmes.

By joining our team you will get to be part of our ongoing approach to transforming mental healthcare. Applying your unique skills, you can offer holistic, balanced care that focuses on patient recovery. Developing long-term relationships you will be able to use your therapeutic skills in a challenging and rewarding area.

Having completed a Masters of Art Therapy from an accredited University, you will be a professional member registered with the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA). With demonstrated technical skills and application in art therapy, you will be skilled in working with a range of people at different levels and in various environments. Innovative, self-motivated, flexible and creative, you will be capable of working within limited supervision. You must be committed to maintaining a high level of customer(s) service and bring the ability to support and work with people with diverse value systems, cultural differences and special needs.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

Applications close: 5 May 2017

CLICK HERE (search for Job Ref: 619196) for further information and to apply
Fiona de Verney-Hammond –

Jarrah House, Sydney

Art Therapist – 12 hours per week

Jarrah House is a residential drug and alcohol facility for women with substance use issues and their children. We are currently seeking an Art Therapist with experience working with women and children:
• Provision of Art Therapy services for individuals and groups
• Promotion of Art Therapy program development
• Liaising with the multidisciplinary team

Essential criteria:
• Accredited Master’s Degree in Art Therapy
• Eligibility for Professional Membership with the Australian & New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA)
• Minimum 3 years post-qualification experience working within a psychodynamic and DBT framework.

Enquiries to Alice Hanna: 02 9661 6555

Applications to Alice Hanna at email:
or PO Box 6026, Malabar 2036 by 14 April 2017.


14th Annual IARPP Conference: Sydney, Australia

25-28 May 2017
From the margins to the centre: Contemporary relational perspectives Co-hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Chapters of IARPP

Progress and creativity thrive when familiar concepts and ideas are seen from new angles. Those who live, work and think at the margins, at the edges, away from the centre, necessarily have perspectives that differ from those who look from the centre, or from the mainstream. In this conference, in acknowledgement of the fact that Australia and New Zealand are geographically very far away from the centre – down-under – we would like to encourage presentations that offer new and creative ways of looking at, thinking about, and practising psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

The conference venue is the SMC Conference Centre, located in Sydney’s city centre, with easy access to accommodation and transport. The conference website (now live) contains preliminary information and will regularly be updated with accommodation options, flight information, travel suggestions within Australia and New Zealand, visa requirements, dining options and more. The call for papers will go out soon, but in the meantime, please: SAVE THE DATES: 25 – 28 May 2017
For further enquiries – contact us on


College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT)
2017 Art Therapy Courses

INTRODUCTORY COURSE DESCRIPTION This introduction is an enriching experience for people who work or would like to work with children, adolescents or adults and who wish to enhance their practice through art.

CERTIFICATE and DIPLOMA TRAINING PROGRAMS These courses offers students an extensive opportunity to experience and learn a range of verbal and non-verbal art therapy approaches and therapeutic interventions used in different educational and clinical settings. The focus will be to work with unconscious processes and how they can be utilised in combination with widely used evidence-based practices. Note: This course does not offer personal therapy and is not a formal degree.

For more information and registrations:
Contact: Robert Gray
Registered Art Therapist | Psychologist | Theologian
MA A. Th., AThR; B. Soc. Sc. (Psych.) (Hons.), MAPS; BA. Theol., MA Theol.
Director | College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy
2 Palmtops Ave, Elizabeth Beach, NSW 2428

Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy at IKON

IKON’s Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy can lead to some truly rewarding careers. Available in Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth & Brisbane. Enquire now to commence in June or discover more at our Complimentary Webinar on 3 May.

For more info: or CLICK HERE 

Embodied Imagination® Australian Training

Embodied Imagination®(EI) is a creative and therapeutic way of working with dreams, memories, physical symptoms and creative ideas. This three-year course offers comprehensive training in Embodied Imagination, developed by Robert Bosnak, Jungian analyst and practised for more than 30 years in eight countries of the world. It is practised individually and in groups in psychotherapy, medicine, theatre, art and creative research.
For more information:

Interactive Drawing Therapy
More than words… 
A page-based way of working with words, images and feelings to access different parts of the psyche. The page becomes a mirror for your client, helping them see themselves more objectively from new perspectives, and facilitating insight, inner resourcefulness, and profound change. A unique map of the stages of the therapeutic journey guides you through the tasks, challenges, risks and interventions of each stage, dramatically increasing your effectiveness and ability to work safely. 

Creative, Inspiring and Respectful
A client-centred process of disclosure and discovery in which you actively partner the client in the process of deepening their work, often through the development of visual metaphors. The counsellor does not interpret the client’s imagery. 

A practical and versatile modality that you can use across a wide range of situations, client groups and presenting problems and with other therapies. IDT can be used for self, individual, couple or group therapy, with all ages (including young children), with less verbally or conceptually fluent clients, cross culturally, and for short-term crisis to long-term developmental work. 

Well-established (and growing) with over 8,000 Australasian course registrations over the last 10 years, published in several peer reviewed journals, and presented at national and international conferences. 

Widely-used by a diverse range of helping professionals
Including counsellors and psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists, doctors and nurses, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, guidance counsellors, teachers, youth workers, career practitioners, spiritual directors, staff from Aboriginal and Maori service agencies, alcohol and drug services, sexual abuse and refuge centres, immigrant services, hospices and stopping violence agencies. 

What people say about IDT
“It’s the best psychological tool I’ve found and I’ve been working in the social welfare industry for 30 years.” “We continue to be delighted, excited and amazed at the wide uses of IDT in the mental health setting.” “Creative and empowering for the client, enlightening for the therapist.” “… a universal therapy … engages with ease and safety.” 

To register or for more information visit
IDT – Powerful Tools for Counsellors and Therapists

Graduate Diploma of Dramatherapy

Are you looking to gain higher level skills to advance your career?

Gain new specialised skills in Dramatherapy and help others build strength & capacity to make changes in their life.

Dramatherapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating psychological, emotional and social change and makes use of role play, voice work, myth, ritual and storytelling to provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals, solve problems or express feelings.

It can help increase clients’ self awareness and offer a creative way for an individual or group to explore and solve personal and social problems.

Qualification: Graduate Diploma of Dramatherapy (10572NAT)
Duration: 14 months, plus 220 hour field placement
Accreditation: Nationally Accredited with the AQTF.
Students will be required to attend 2 x 4 day intensives (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) and 4 online tutorials of 2 hour duration per module.

For more information, including the Entry Requirements, visit


Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy Certificate in Clay Field Therapy

The Clay Field is a flat wooden box that holds 10-15kg clay. A bowl of water is supplied. This simple setting offers a symbolic world for the hands to explore. This unique art therapy approach is widely used in Europe within the fields of disability and disadvantaged youth. It is also used within women's shelters to facilitate trauma and healing.

For further information please visit:


Expressive Therapy Clinic Art Therapy Introductory Course –
Introduction to Art Therapy

This is a Weekend Course (also delivered as an 8 week day or evening program at Tweed Heads NSW). This program covers the history and understanding of art therapy and how it can be used for people of all ages to assist in improving personal growth and insight, processing of traumatic experiences and resolving of inner conflicts. Case Studies and client’s images will be presented in art therapy sessions conducted in many varied client groups. An experiential component for all participants is included in each session. (No creative talent required). This course is suitable for Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Teachers, School Counsellors and anyone interested in Art Therapy.

Session 1: Where did Art Therapy come from? What is Art Therapy?
Session 2: Guided Imagery techniques
Session 3: Art Therapy with Children
Session 4: Art Therapy the Aged and Disability sector
Session 5: Group Work – Art Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Session 6: Group Work – Art Therapy and Positive Psychology
Session 7: 'The Revealing Image' and Family Dynamics
Session 8: Looking after yourself in the Work – Supervision

Facilitator: Megan Shiell (Grad Dip. ExTh. MA ATh. (AThr)DBT Therapist, Level 4 Counsellor)
When: Weekend courses are held every month.
Cost: $350 for weekend courses ($320 early bird rate due 1 month prior to workshops or $50 per weekly session)
Where: Expressive Therapy Clinic, Unit 7/133 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485 Ph: (07) 5536 5553 or 0417 084 846
For more info:
Look under 'PD Training Programs and Courses'
All Expressive Therapy Clinic programs are now listed for CPD/OPD Points with:


Workshops and Seminars

Melbourne Art Therapy Studio


Professional Development Series open to all
At Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton Vic

Tuesday 4th April 7-9pm
Camille McDonald – The Art of Reflection

Tuesday 6th June 7-9pm
Celia Adams – Art Therapy and Disability

Tuesday 5th Sept 7-9pm
Dr Emma O'Brien and Stephan Skov – Royal Melbourne Hospital – Music Therapy

Tuesday 21st Nov 7-9pm
Dr Graham Jones - Art and Phenomenology

CLICK HERE for more information and to book

New Art Therapy Events in Canberra

Ink Brush Art Therapy is offering individual, family and group Art Therapy sessions at Capital Clinical Psychology and Playing Field Studios in Canberra.

What’s on:

Art Journaling for Health & Wellbeing
A weekly group that uses art journaling to examine current issues, set goals and explore expressive forms of stencilling, making and printing with rubber stamps, collage, creative writing, poetry, watercolours and ‘mail art’. The focus is on recovery, strength building and creative expression.
Sunday Afternoon ‘embracing our imperfections knitting & textiles' group
A group for anyone with a half finished sewing or knitting project and/or an interest in learning some textile based self care skills. Participants can bring ‘failed’ projects (or start one) and work on them in a supportive dynamic environment, within an art therapy framework. The focus is on sharing and learning techniques including felting, patchwork, sewing, knitting, beading, needlework, puppet making and more.

CLICK HERE to register your interest or find out more.
No previous experience or skills are necessary!
Bookings are essential
Please call +61 450 070 240 or email for more info.


ATHP is an online interactive workshop that combines the principles of positive psychology and the creative process. We focus around the four positive forces of wellbeing, Connection, Compassion, Contribution and Courage.

Art journaling, mixed media creations, mindful photography and yoga will all be part of the mix! We will be experimenting with new materials and techniques that you can then continue to use to increase creativity in your life.

New workshop content that is all linked to research that has been shown to increase wellbeing will be added as the year progresses, keeping the site alive and full of fresh inspiration to fulfill your creative needs throughout the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

Art swaps were very popular in past projects and new swaps are part of ATHP2015. These enable the chance to deeply connect with other creative friends from around the world. Some material from 2013 and 2014 projects is archived within the 2015 Project so will be available for all participants to access and download. These are valuable resources for personal and professional use. One day we may put them all into a book but for now they are freely available for participants to download and use.

Click here to read more about the project or register 
You can also email Janet McLeod at


Expressive Therapy Clinic – Workshops and Training

Expressive Therapy Clinic in Tweed Heads offers the opportunity for participants interested in Mindfulness Meditation, Art Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Positive Psychology to attend courses, weekend workshops and specific trainings.

The training programs are especially helpful for Health Care Professionals, Teachers, School Counsellors, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Art therapists and people interested in gaining more skills to increase general wellness for themselves and for others they work with. Training in Art Psychotherapy in combination with learning the skills of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Positive Psychology.

Weekend Workshops Program Outline
• Saturday – Managing Emotions using DBT
Wise Mind and Mindfulness; Distress Tolerance and Self-Soothe; Emotional Regulation Strategies; Reality Acceptance skill.
• Sunday – Finding Wellness using Positive Psychology
Introduction to Positive Psychology; Savouring and remembering; Expressing Gratitude and Finding Meaning; Learning Optimism; Acting from your strengths; Conclusion; Questions and observations.

Facilitator: Megan Shiell Grad Dip Ex.Th, M.A AThr – Dialectical Behaviour Therapist
When: Monthly
Where: Expressive Therapy Clinic – Unit 7/133 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads (07) 5536 5553 or 0417 084 846
Cost: $350 (early-bird rate of $320 if paid one month in advance)
For more information:
Email: or go to 
Look under “ PD and Training Opportunities and PD New Training Programs

All Expressive Therapy Clinic programs are now listed for CPD/OPD Points with:

Study and Support Groups


CLICK HERE to go to the Campaign webpage

About the Campaign
UnitingCare Australia, which represents one of Australia’s largest Not-For-Profit providers of aged care, is seeking your support in halting the Federal Government’s funding cuts to aged care which will reduce the level of care available to frail older people, put more pressure on the public health system and threaten jobs in the aged care sector.

In December 2015 and the 2016-17 Budget, the Federal Government announced funding changes that will remove $2 billion from the Complex Health Care element of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). This will significantly reduce the funds available for services such as wound and skin care, arthritis treatment, mobility support and end-of-life care for frail older people with conditions such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, arthritis and bone fractures. This care is mostly delivered by registered nurses, general practitioners and a range of allied health professionals.

UnitingCare Australia, together with Aged and Community Services Association and Catholic Health Australia, commissioned Ansell Strategic to conduct independent modelling of the impact of the funding cuts. The modelling, covering more than 500 aged care providers, showed that the cuts will reduce the funding to meet the care needs of older people by an average of 11 per cent or $6,655 per resident per year.

The cuts will be far greater for residents with very high care needs, significantly reducing the level of services and thus their quality of life. As the cuts are phased in for new residents and for those whose needs are reassessed, we believe they will introduce an unacceptable level of inequity within aged care services, with residents with similar health care needs receiving vastly different levels of service.

In responding to the modelling tool, many service providers indicated the cuts would force them to consider reducing staffing numbers or reviewing admission policies for consumers with high needs.

Clearly funding cuts of this magnitude will have a significant flow-on impact on the broader health care system and most particularly on already stretched public hospitals. In particular, we believe the cuts may result in frail older people remaining in hospital longer than medically necessary as the availability of suitable aged care places is reduced and that end-of-life care may be limited to hospitals and hospices.

We are also deeply concerned at the potentially negative impact on the aged care workforce, particularly in the face of growing demand for care.

Art Therapy Peer Group, Melbourne

Art Therapy Peer Group is an evolving group of people practicing or studying arts therapy who meet every third Tuesday of the month. It’s an informal group exploring ideas and issues relating to professional practice through discussion, presentations and occasional events. The group usually meets at Pink William –  Artslab – at 26 William Street, Balaclava, VIC from 7pm to 9pm ($5 contribution towards venue).

For more information contact: Jackie

Exhibitions and Events
The 41 Art Journals Exchange

Australia wide

The "41 Art Journals Exchange" is an art based community project that encourages story telling, social connection & creativity as a means of self-care. There are currently 41, A4 sized, art journals being shared among willing participants across the ACT and beyond. Recipients are encouraged to write, share memories, draw, print or collage a few pages over a 2-week period, then send it on the the next collaborator. The project is inclusive (anyone can participate and it's free aside from postage) and evolving. Full journals will be returned to Canberra for exhibition within the intimate space of the artist’s lounge at Belconnen Art Centre in mid 2017. The idea is based on the 1000 journals project by “Someguy” where art journaling exchanges enhanced the generation of ideas and shared narratives across geographical boundaries.

To get involved email us or find the project on Facebook:

Space for Hire

Art Making Studio

Sydenham Rd, Marrickville

Large space to share with two other art therapists (possible use of clinical space with negotiation). Kitchen and bathroom facilities. Light streams in on 3 sides, 2nd floor.

$150pw + bond
Available From: 6 March 2017
Contact: Julia Sideris –

Infinity Health & Wellbeing Practitioner/user Packages

Working together to create a space of healing for ALL!

Casual Rates
This package is suited to a practitioner or teacher who is looking to rent casually. Hourly, half day & full day options available. Includes listing on the practitioner directory on our website.

Min. 3 Month Investment
With up to 10hrs Avail/week
As schedule allows limited spaces available.  Bookings essential
This package suits those starting out or looking to expand from a home based or small business and are looking for a more professional front without the massive overheads. Includes: mini bio & profile on our  website & facebook, direct booking link to your email & inclusion in directory list on monthly newsletter.

Min. 6 Month Investment
With up to 10hrs Avail/week
As schedule allows – booking essential
This package is great value! Offering you a min. 10hrs at the centre. As schedule allows limited spaces available.  Bookings essential – Conditions Apply. Includes: A full page of services & bio on our website & facebook, direct booking link to your email through website, inclusion in Monthly Newsletter with own ad/bio, inclusion on class timetable (if applicable), priority scheduling.

For any questions or to book a tour, call Naomi today on: +61 405 570 017,

ANZATA is relaunching the Volunteers' Noticeboard. If you would like to volunteer please click here. Or if you would like offer opportunities for volunteers please click here to go to the Volunteer online forms.


Name: Shallal Bader
Location: Sydney
About Shallal
I recently moved to Australia. In Italy I worked in an art therapy centre that cooperates with the Niguarda Hospital, Milan. We worked with groups of adults and children, who suffered from depression, post-traumatic disorders, stress and anxiety. The treatment of the rehabilitation was based on psychotherapy and expressive therpies (art, music, theater and dance). I recently finished a 3 year training programme in a private art therapy school and I have a fine art background. I’m looking for a place to volunteer for art workshops – it will be a very important experience for me. I hope to have an opportunity in Australia to do what I love most – sharing creativity and helping people.
Available until: 24 November 2016

Name: Jessie Cunningham-Reid
Location: Melbourne
About Jessie:
I am an art therapist, graduated from La Trobe at the end of 2014. I would like some experience working with children and art therapy.
Available: 1 November 2015 to 1 November 2016

Name: Linda Davidson
About Linda:
I am a clinical and counselling psychologist working in private practice and registered with AHPRA. I am interested in finding out more about art therapy before potentially enrolling in a training programme. Other than an interest in art/arts I have no formal training.
Available: October 2015 onwards.

Name: Milagros Dotras
Location: Sydney, Australia
About Milagros:
I am a Psychologist and I am currently studying Art Therapy at CETAC with Rob Gray. I am working at an Early Learning Centre in Sydney and I have been working with children for the past six years. I can provide WWCC and an updated police check. Please email me with any volunteer opportunities that may come up in Sydney area.
Available: 4 July 2016

Contact: Brianna Hudson
Location: Melbourne
About Brianna
I am a practicing visual artist and soon to be Master of Arts Therapy student. I’ve worked as carer for the Department of Health and Human services with at risk children and youth and have my approved working with children check from working in education. Looking for any kind of arts therapy volunteer work.
Available until: 17 September 2020

Name: Karen Hvidding
Location: Blue Mts, Sydney-Western Suburbs
About Karen:
I have an interest in trauma, PTSD, in relation to arttherapy. In 2016, I would like to develop my therapeutic skills through volunteer work with any organisation that has capacity to work with clients who have been through trauma. I have eight years experience (as a therapist and aid worker) working in former USSR and Romania with children and adults who have experienced complex trauma. Now I am looking to develop my skills while taking a break from international work.
Available: 18 January until 1 November 2016.

Name: Ann Lawrence
Location: Brunswick, Melbourne
About Ann:
I am a social worker of twenty five years experience and worked in a number of fields and most recently, in adolescent mental health with teenagers and their families experiencing severe mental health issues. Since moving to Melbourne, I have done a lot of volunteer work in local Brunswick at a community level and I am on the Moreland Council Human Rights Advisory Committee. I am now studying an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities to enhance my study and learning and to contribute in this field.
Available: 2017

Name: Shu Yin Chan
Location: Singapore
About Shu Yin
I am looking to volunteer in any Art Therapy related activities. I have taught polymer clay classes to kids part-time and love creating Art in my free time. My current day job is in an administrative function in the disabilities field, and I previously worked as a visual effects artist on films. I hope to study to become an Art Therapist in the near future, and look forward to any exposure in the field of Art Therapy.
Available: After office hours on weekdays (7pm onwards) and weekends

Name: Antje Meyer
Location: Brisbane
About Antje:
I am a fully qualified Art Therapist from Europe with a background in Mental Health Nursing. I recently became a member of ANZATA and I am very keen on getting some insides about how Art Therapy is used in Australia. I am looking for a placement/ voluntary work to exchange expertise. I predominantly worked with groups of adults in a center for mental rehabilitation who were suffering from depression, anxiety, burn-out and bereavement. The treatment was based on behavioral therapy. I am looking for therapists who work with Arts Therapies or include creative techniques in their work. I have a special interest in focusing therapy. If you are interested in international exchange or need support in your practice, please message me. I am based in the greater Brisbane area.
Available From: 10 November 2015

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