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Totara Hospice South Auckland (THSA)
Counsellor – Palliative Care

Excellent opportunity for an experienced Counsellor
Unique Palliative Care position
28 hours per week – flexibly designed to optimise patient and family care delivery

Totara Hospice South Auckland (THSA) is a supportive and caring organisation, providing palliative care services to patients and their families/whanau living in the South Auckland area. This is an exciting opportunity to join the THSA team and make a difference in people’s lives by supporting them through what can be a challenging time.  

We are currently searching for an experienced Counsellor, who will be responsible for providing a counselling service to Palliative Care patients and their families, primarily in our In Patient Unit, Day Hospice and Out Patient services. This role directly facilitates people and their families to live with life-limiting health diagnoses.

Reporting to the Head of Allied Health and Social Support, the Counsellor will work in a multidisciplinary team, and be responsible for providing individual, group and family therapy to a best practice standard. The Counsellor will use therapeutic approaches appropriate to the client’s needs, culture and issues to assist clients to develop their own strengths and solutions in order to manage change and loss. 

The ideal candidate will have:
· Tertiary Qualification that provides eligibility for Registration with a NZ National Governing body for Counselling and/or Psychotherapy 
· Minimum of two years recent experience working as a counsellor
· Therapeutic practice experience in grief and loss with a preference to palliative care
· Full membership of a governing body i.e. NZCCA or NZAC
· Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
· Knowledge of the palliative care environment
· Commitment to working cooperatively in a multidisciplinary environment
· Demonstrated use of best practice methods of accountability and professional standards

This role offers the opportunity to work within a supportive multi-disciplinary team in a professional service that continues to develop, and the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients and their whanau and families.

CLICK HERE to apply for this job and enter ref code: 3441718.

Applications close 3 May 2017

Music and Drama Therapist / Arts Therapist
Geneva Healthcare, Auckland City, Auckland

About the Company
Geneva Healthcare is a specialist healthcare services and staffing company, a well-established, respected brand having been operational for over 16 years. Our Vision is to be recognised as the highest value provider of healthcare services and solutions across New Zealand, allowing us to directly influence and improve the quality and level of care clients receive.

Geneva Elevator is part of the Geneva group, providing specialised services for people with disabilities who are live in our residential services and also to those in the community who have very high needs. The challenges of the role have high rewards in job satisfaction with this inspiring client group.

About the Role
We are seeking an innovative, inspiring and imaginative Art's therapist in our Disability Support Service. You will be based in Central Auckland and will need to travel to South Auckland at various times.

You will be working in partnership with our Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to assist in creating an innovative and stimulating programme that empowers our clients to work toward independence.

You will be inspiring and motivating everyone to participate in their activities and will be flexible and mindful of their needs and ideas. Previous skills with group work and individuals are crucial as you will be required to use a multimodal approach to assist in the learning and care of our clients.

Key Responsibilities
• Plan and design an engaging programme for our clients
• Motivate everyone to become involved, including our support staff
• Contribute to improve processes and systems continually
• Build strong relationships with managers, team members, staff from the houses and families

We can offer you
• An exciting opportunity to use your excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
• The chance to join a supportive and dedicated team, passionate about their service
• A satisfying role that really does make a difference in peoples lives

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following
• Proven and outstanding organisation and planning skills, including attention to detail, follow through and completion
• Demonstrated ability and confidence to work collaboratively with external stakeholders
• Knowledge of the healthcare sector would be advantageous, particularly disability, rehabilitation and or aged care
• A commitment to quality services and a desire to be part of an organisation that is an industry leader
• Confidence in managing IT applications and the ability to report regularly on services provided and outcomes achieved

This role reports to the Deaf and Support Services Manager and initially 20 hours per week, days to be discussed. For further information please contact Merilyn Madurai – 09 355 4167. Alternatively apply with your CV online. Please ensure your CV includes your phone, email, address, immigration and driver license details.

To apply: CLICK HERE

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

Sing Your Heart Out Auckland!

A vocal psychotherapy workshop with Dr Diane Austin

Sing Your Heart Out Auckland! is an in-depth experience of Vocal Psychotherapy, in a two-day workshop facilitated by Dr Diane Austin, DA, CMT, LCAT, a New York based Vocal Psychotherapist and Music Therapist.

Through over twenty years’ experience, Diane has researched the power of music to help people move beyond emotional and psychological challenges, to connect with their inner most feelings. Diane particularly noticed the key role of the voice in this process, and established ‘voicework’ as an integral part of the psychological process.

We bring you Sing Your Heart Out, Auckland! for the first time in New Zealand! This is a rare opportunity to explore and experience Vocal Psychotherapy with Diane Austin for yourself!

Dr Diane Austin DA, ACMT, LCAT is the Director of the Music Psychotherapy Centre in New York City where she offers a two-year post-graduate certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy. Dr Austin has maintained a private practice in music psychotherapy for over 25 years, and teaches in the graduate music therapy department at New York University. She has lectured and taught internationally on the use of the voice in in-depth music psychotherapy and her work has been published in numerous journals and books.

There are an extremely limited number of specially priced early-bird registrations at $375 available, but only until 11pm on May 20. After this, full registration will be $425.

10am – 4pm, 19 – 20 August, 2017
Where: Backbeat Bar, 100 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD 1010
Registrations and more information here:

While in New Zealand, Diane Austin will also be presenting talks at Victoria University and the Music Therapy New Zealand Symposium. Her trip to New Zealand has been made possible through a Lindgren Grant from Music Therapy New Zealand. We also thank Rockshop and KBB Music for the donation of the Backbeat Bar as venue for the workshop.

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

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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