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There are no current postings for arts therapy or related conferences in New Zealand at the moment. Please check again soon as information is posted regularly.

Creative and Action-based Supervision Skills

Victoria University of Wellington, Continuing Education, Course to be held in Auckland

This workshop is aimed at therapists engaged in delivering supervision, including music and arts therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists and others with an interest in using creative and action-based methods. Enhance your current supervisory practice through the exploration of creative and music therapy specific techniques. Look at ways to use improvisation and role-play in supervision, and gain confidence in moving from words to action in the supervisory space.

Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
Phone +644 463 6556
Click here for the website


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

Training in Sandtray and Sandplay Therapy with Sandplay Aotearoa

For the past nine years Jean Parkinson has offered four-level basic sandplay training in Auckland. These experiential workshops, differentiating Sandtray from Sandplay Therapy, are intended to promote awareness of the modality as a serious psychotherapy with strong psychological and developmental frameworks. They are not intended to take the place of training offered by ISST accredited teachers. Their value is in raising awareness, promoting professional reflection and interest in the responsible practice of Sandtray and Sandplay in Aotearoa. (Please note these are neither NZQA nor ISST)

Level One: 18, 19, 20 April
Level Two: 25, 26, 27 April

For more info:

Workshops and Seminars

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


Exhibitions and Events

Creative Therapists’ Bi-monthly Hui

Youthline House, 13 Maidstone St, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Next event:  Thursday 11 May 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Dates forward:

For creative therapists at all levels (from pre-study to senior practitioners) to connect with each other face-to-face and to share their journeys in study and practice.

10 minutes each to present and gain feedback on:
· An article
· A challenge
· A celebration
· An artwork/ performance/experiential

An event for CTAA Members. You can join up on the night: $15 for ANZATA members, $40 waged/ $25 unwaged and students

For further information contact coordinator:  Marion Gordon-Flower, AThR, Phone 021 0314957, email

Plinth-like Pliability Exhibition

Arts Centre Helensville, Basement War Memorial Hall, 49 Commercial Road, Helensville, Auckland

An artist-quad of painters in a ground breaking exhibition. Artists united within the abstract expressionist genre and through the challenges of having disabilities. Meet the artist on 17 March 1.30-3.30 pm and celebrate with them.

4 March to 25 March 2017 Contact: Marion Gordon-Flower, AThR –

For more info: or click here for the article

Space for Hire

Expressive Arts Therapy Room
Mt Eden, Auckland

This arts therapy room is in my home in central Auckland, near to St Lukes and the motorway. There is plenty of street parking and a driveway that can be used. Currently it is available every Tuesday for a full day. The room has lovely bare floor boards with a big colourful rug. The french doors open out onto a covered deck area which can also be used. There is a huge array of art therapy materials available including a sand tray with symbols and drama/movement props if required. The room looks very professional and would do well with one or two clients or a small group if doing visual art around a table.

Available from: 6 September 2016
Contact: Angie Richardson –
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: Esther Yau
About Esther:

I am currently studying Master of Expressive Arts Therapy in Hong Kong University. I love Chinese calligraphy, painting, movements and filming. It would be great if I could volunteer in New Zealand during my vacation. Hope to know more about Arts Therapy and the people in New Zealand.
20 December 2015 to 1 December 2016

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