The conference is now booked out.

There are still places in the Robert Landy masterclass on Monday 11 December and you can still book for the Opening Celebration and Poetry Jam.


The Conference Programme

Please click on the icon below to download the Conference programme. You will need to do this before you book so that you can select the sessions you would like to attend.

Event Information

“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves”. (Dan Siegel)

ACATA and ANZATA are once again collaborating to design an event to bring together the diverse community of people who are inhabiting the broad landscape of the arts and well-being. The creative arts therapies are becoming more visible and are increasingly seen as an innovative treatment of choice by other clinicians. The intention of the conference is to explore how to strengthen our coherence as a profession. It is hoped that this conference will provide an infusion of vitality so that we as creative arts therapy practitioners can collectively flourish and embrace change and evolution.

The Conference will be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December at CATRU, VCA, University of Melbourne,
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank.

Our Keynotes

This year we are lucky enough to be hosting three important figures in the arts therapies world. Our keynotes will present addresses at the conference on Saturday 9 December and hold masterclasses on 8 and 11 December at Abbotsford Convent. They are:

  Robert Landy is a ground-breaker in the field of Dramatherapy. He is a Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at New York University whose recent work includes developing programs to treat offenders with mental illness in prisons. With more than 35 years of clinical experience, he has an international reputation lecturing and training in therapeutic arts and psychology.
  Ellen Levine is an internationally renowned expressive arts therapist and psychoanalyst, and the co-founder with Steven Levine of ISIS-CANADA, a three-year training program at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children’s Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is also the author and co-author of a number of significant publications on expressive arts therapy, and is widely known and respected for her work with children.
  Steven Levine is Paul Celan Chair of Philosophy and Poietics in the Arts, Health and Society Division of the European Graduate School and Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts. He works to bring together philosophical theory, Expressive Arts practice and poetic inquiry within a teaching framework to help students find creative approaches to their professional work and of being in the world. A rigorous education in Western philosophy studying with former students of Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl, founders of phenomenological philosophy, followed early training in Buddhism and Taoism. He later founded the International School for Interdisciplinary Studies Canada with Ellen G Levine.

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