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Career Development Fellowship in Art Therapy, or Psychotherapy and Counselling
Western Sydney University – Parramatta South Campus, NSW, Australia

Job Description and Criteria
Ref 1311/17 Career Development Fellow – Art Therapy or Psychotherapy and Counselling, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Parramatta (South) Campus
Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position for 3 years

Western Sydney University is a major urban university spread over six campuses in Greater Western Sydney, a region of great opportunity, diversity, challenge and growth. The University has a strong connection to Greater Western Sydney, working with its communities and businesses to contribute to the region's growth. The University is culturally diverse, with 2,500 staff and 40,000 students drawn from Australia and around the world.

Western Sydney University is seeking an early career researcher to join our vibrant and inclusive Therapy Studies team, as a Career Development Fellow. The successful applicant will be a qualified counselling or art therapy practitioner who holds a recent PhD (last 5 years) in an area related to art therapy, psychotherapy and/or counselling. She or he will have a demonstrated record of and commitment to research that builds the evidence base for the psychotherapies and/or creative arts therapies while expanding notions of what counts as evidence in these areas of practice. Contributing to research-led teaching, and engaging community and professional partners in research that translates into policy and practice that promotes social justice, will be key responsibilities of this position.

The University is committed to improving and strengthening its organisational capability and the competencies of its staff. In particular, initiatives to create, establish and enhance academic staff careers form a major part of the University's strategic goals. Consequently, this position is offered as a Career Development Fellowship in accordance with the University's Academic Staff Agreement 2014 for recent PhD graduates (last five years).

Salary: Academic Level B: $97,723 to $115,393 p.a. (Plus superannuation as applicable, plus leave loading)
Position Enquiries: Associate Professor Sheridan Linnell, Director of Academic Programs, Clinical Psychology and Therapy Studies on: 02 9685 9441 or email:
Closing Date: 31 August 2017

Please CLICK HERE go to the university webpage for instructions on how to apply and to download the full Position Description.



27- 29 November 2017

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, will hold its 2017 IAHA National Conference at the Rendezvous Scarborough Perth in Western Australia.

CLICK HERE to download more information


Art Therapy Short Courses and Professional Development

2017 to early 2018

Introduction to Art Therapy – 1 Day Workshop – Zeb Brierley
Saturday 22 July 2017

Fundamental Supervision Skills for Health Professionals – Vicky Nicholls
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017

Advanced Art Therapy Supervision Skills for Health Professionals – Vicky Nicholls
Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017

Introduction to Art Therapy – 2 Day Workshop – Zeb Brierley
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017

Introduction to Counselling Skills – Jenny Hill
Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February 2018
Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February 2018

CLICK HERE to download more information about these courses.

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.
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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

Supervision II: Art Therapy based Supervision

There is not much information around concerning art therapy based supervision for art therapists. How can we use our own tools to reflect on client's needs, the supervise's concerns and issues arising at the workplace. Exercises will include in-depth understanding of the therapeutic use of art materials, art based reflection of the client-therapist relationship, problem solving through visual media, and exercises to manage overwhelm and vicarious trauma.

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht
Cost: $600 for the entire weekend excluding accommodation
When: Friday 28 July @ 8pm to Sunday 30 July @ 5pm
Venue: Claerwen Retreat, 480 Tuxion Road, Apollo Bay 3233 VIC
More info:

Melbourne Art Therapy Studio


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

Tuesday 5 Sept 7-9pm

Dr Emma O'Brien and Stephan Skov – Royal Melbourne Hospital – Music Therapy

Tuesday 21 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 and 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

Art Therapy Peer Group

Art Therapy Peer Group is a grassroots gathering of practising and studying Arts Therapists. We share insight from diverse backgrounds, methodologies, and practice environments. We come together for professional growth, networking, and to refresh energies. Members alternate facilitation on subjects we love. $5 donation.

When: Monday Evening, 7pm-9pm.
24 July; 21 August; 25 September; 23 October; 27 November

Location: 22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, VIC
(Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy)

Sandra Schilling:
Sue Guzick: 0439413858,
Caroline Williams, 0407275327
Please RSVP to help the facilitator prepare for you.


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.

Exhibitions and Events

One Step at a Time

Location Burrinja Gallery, Upwey, Victoria
24 June to 23 July 2017

Sometimes we know where we would ultimately like to go and head in the general direction. However we meander a little which may be necessary for what ever reason. For example, we might need to experience something or to learn that this is not what we want. When recovering from an illness we may take one step forward and two steps back.

In Susie's exhibition, using gouache and watercolour and in a photo realistic style the artistic representation of ground reaches to the literal and to the symbolic - the interplay of time and space in human development is represented by the shoe.

For more info contact:
Susie Parry at or

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 Therapy Consulting Room

406 Humffray St South, Golden Point (Ballarat) VIC 3350

Art materials, sand tray and symbols available to use. Suitable for working with small family groups, couples or individuals. Price and availability on request.

Contact: Monica Finch –

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: 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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