Who Are Creative Arts Therapists?
Creative Arts Therapists are university trained health professionals. They use creative processes to help clients explore feelings that may be hard to put into words. Creative Arts Therapists help clients to reduce anxiety, improve self-awareness and find new pathways to healing.
Who is ANZACATA
ANZACATA is the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
Creative Arts Therapy is an experiential psychotherapeutic approach offered by qualified practitioners utilising a range of creative modalities. It is holistic – attending to emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well-being and aligns well with indigenous and non-indigenous models of health and well-being.
The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us
We are pleased to announce that ANZACATA has produced a substantial publication that will be for sale. Members will have FREE access to the document, and those outside ANZACATA membership can buy the report. A download of the report will cost $20 (plus GST if in AUS) and a hard copy of the report, posted to you will cost $40 (plus GST if you are in Australia).
Why you should buy this report: This document provides the reader with a comprehensive review of up-to-date findings on the efficacy of creative art therapies. It outlines the most recent research which collectively demonstrates the effectiveness of creative arts therapies for the treatment of many physical and mental health concerns. It cites over 40 studies at Level I, II and III evidence: from systematic reviews of relevant randomized controlled trials, evidence from meta-analysis of relevant randomized controlled trials and evidence developed from systematic reviews.
To cite the report: Gray, D (2022) ‘The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us’ ANZACATA. Melbourne, Australia. anzacata.org
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What might happen in a Creative Arts Therapy session?
Three ANZACATA Creative Arts Therapists talk about what happens in a creative arts therapy session. People often ask: what happens in a therapy session and do I need to have artistic skills to participate in creative arts therapy? These professional ANZACATA therapists show that while no particular skill in creating art is needed, clients can gain insights into their emotional lives by engaging in the creative process with the support of a university trained creative arts therapist.
Find a registered creative arts therapist at anzacata.org/find-a-therapist.
ANZACATA Professional Member Corinne Allan gives us an example of how to reduce your stress using the neurographic art technique.
New NDIS Pricing Guide Clarifications
The new NDIS Pricing Guide (for July 1st 2022), has come out and had several changes which were confusing. Following advocacy by ANZACATA, these have been clarified.
The new Guide while defining 'Creative Arts Therapy' for therapeutic support, seemed to exclude our Tier level members from working with NDIS participants. The ANZACATA Executive Officer has followed up directly with the Chief Economist of the NDIA. In a phone call and later an email, it was confirmed that Tier level members (and those who employ them) simply use the "other therapy" category when claiming under therapeutic supports.
If participants are using a Tier level member of ANZACATA, and their provider considers them to be an appropriate professional to deliver therapeutic supports in line with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission's requirements for the Therapeutic Supports Registration Group, they may use "other".
You can find the updated Pricing Guide here.
Latest COVID updates in your State or Country
Allied Health professionals including Arts Therapists, as authorised workers, may be asked to provide evidence of their vaccinations in Australia. Please head over to the Services Australia website for more information. In New Zealand, head over to this website covid19.govt.nz. In Singapore, this website details mandatory vaccination mom.gov.sg and in Hong Kong, look at this website coronavirus.gov.hk for information on vaccine passes
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Find a Creative Arts Therapist
Search our member directory to find a therapist in your local area (Australia, New Zealand, Asia).
Want to know where to study?
Search training programmes accredited by the Qualifications Authority in their respective country.
Categories and requirements
Learn about pathways to professional registration as a creative arts therapist with ANZACATA.
Want to become a member?
Information about benefits and requirements of becoming a member of ANZACATA.
Members can easily search for ANZACATA approved supervisors to facilitate supervision requirements.
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The Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (JoCAT)
The Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (JoCAT) is the home of the creative arts therapies research community. JoCAT is the open access peer-reviewed publication of ANZACATA in association with the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. There are two issues of JoCAT each year, with content pre-published every three to four weeks on an attractive easy-to-use website.
Articles; podcasts and interviews; creative pieces; reviews of books, exhibitions, performances and more; as well as themed 'explore' pages and back issues of JoCAT and ANZJAT.
Submission deadline for the next issue is 3 February 2023. Read more.
ANZACATA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia and we pay our respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.
ANZACATA acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand and embraces the three guiding principles of the Treaty – Partnership, Participation and Protection. We extend our respect to other indigenous peoples on all the lands in which we work.
ANZACATA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Last updated: 16 February 2023