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Employment Opportunities

Group Facilitator at Raeburn House
Northcote, Orewa and Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand

Job Description and Criteria
We run groups for mild to moderate mental health concerns. We are currently looking for an art therapist to deliver a group in Orewa (and in the future also in Northcote and possibly Henderson). This group would include a blend of art therapy, CBT and mindfullness (8 sessions over 8 weeks). The first group starts on 10 August 10.30 to 12.30 (5 weeks) but further groups will be scheduled.

Applications close: 15 August 2017
Julie Walker –

Support Coordinator at Sweet Louise, Auckland

20 hours per week

Sweet Louise is the only charity in New Zealand solely dedicated to supporting those with incurable breast cancer. This devastating diagnosis affects hundreds of people every year and we work all over New Zealand to provide help and information. The culture at Sweet Louise is supportive, positive and caring. We are deeply committed to providing excellent support and service to our amazing Members, and to our generous donors, who make this work possible.

Job tasks and responsibilities
• Provide support and information to women and men living with incurable breast cancer
• Build solid relationships with health care professionals, support organisations and service providers

Skills and experience
• Self-motivated and have the ability to manage own workload and to prioritise tasks.
• Experience and knowledge of breast cancer, treatments, side effects and impacts on families.
• A health background with palliative care/oncology experience
• Clear communication skills and ability to quickly build rapport with Members, their families and supporters of Sweet Louise.
• Ability to work with a team which includes paid staff and volunteers, and Sweet Louise Service Providers.
• Desire to support the philosophies and aims of Sweet Louise

Based from our Auckland office, this role is 20 hours per week. Full driver’s license and access to own transport is essential. Professional supervision is provided as part of the role. The successful applicant must reside in New Zealand and have Permanent Residency.

Click here for more information about Sweet Louise
Click here to apply through Seek

Applications close on Friday 25th August 2017.

Email your CV and Cover letter to Joanna Harris, Team Leader Support Coordinators –

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

Coming Home to Yourself: Mindfulness, Movement and Creativity at Daku Resort, Fiji

With Kovido Maddick and Suraya Langston
10-16 September 2017

Get away from the Winter in New Zealand and enjoy a mindful and creative retreat in beautiful Daku resort – Savusavu’s top rated choice on Trip Advisor with a rating of 4.5!

During this retreat, we will be with reconnecting with ourselves through a mixture of mindfulness, movement and creativity, accepting the totality of who we are.

What’s In For You?
• Take time out for yourself: Treat yourself to 7 days of luxury, relaxation and playful creativity in a tropical paradise
• Enjoy a profoundly beautiful environment
• Relax and soften into a simple daily routine guided by your facilitators Kovido and Suraya
• Calm and center yourself through meditation and movement
• Enhance your natural creativity and energy flow
• Enjoy delicious meals and excursions: Have all your meals provided for with gorgeous, fresh island food, so you can truly enjoy your setting.
• Play and take time out for group or solo excursions

Suraya Langston is an Art Therapist, counsellor and artist, who has been practicing for 25 years. Kovido Maddick was a Buddhist monk for 10 years and has been teaching mindfulness for 25 years.

Price Packages:
• NZ$1700 (AUS$1590) if you make an early bird booking by 10 June 2017
• NZ $1530 (AUS $1430) for a budget booking
• NZ $1850 (AUS $1700) for a normal booking

All booking prices include:
• 6 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
• Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
• Workshop fees.
• Lectures and excursions as indicated.

CLICK HERE for more info.

CTAA (Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa) presents

The Elixir Process

We will offer an overview of the Hero/ine's Journey and proceed through the ELIXIR steps of Exit, Look, Inside, eXamine, Integrate, and Return. Modalities used will be Journaling, Mandala Drawing, Guided Imagery and Music, Free Movement, Ritual and Ceremony. The day will primarily emphasise creative expression. Participants will increase their self-care repertoire and be better prepared to serve their clients from "a full well". Certificates of Attendance will be offered along with descriptive handouts.

Misha Crosbie, M.A. Counselling, and Jessica Fleming, M.M.H. (Masters of Mental Health).
Misha and Jessica have over 70 years combined experience in the Counselling field. Misha is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Counselling Department at MIT and Jessica has maintained a private practice specialising in creative therapies for 40 years. They have been offering workshops and trainings together in NZ, Australia, and the USA for the last 23 years under the auspices of their organisation, Their book, ELIXIR: Women's Quest For Wholeness, is available through Jessica at 021 167 9557. It is written primarily from their extensive experience with women but the teachings are equally applicable across genders.

When: Saturday 12 August 2017 9:30-5pm
Venue: Mercy Centre 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland
Shared Lunch (bring a plate), Morning and aſternoon tea provided
Cost: ANZATA/CTAA members $80; Students/ Unwaged: $60; Non-Members Welcome: $100 (Register early Maximum 17 participants). CTAA Westpac Account 030195 0348778 00

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

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 –

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Simona Capuano
About Simona:
I'm a dance/movement therapist, language teacher, translator, international cooperation and intercultural projects operator. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, English and a little bit of Japanese and French.  I'm mother of 3 small toddlers. I'd like to join art therapies projects in NZ to experience life with my family in your country.
7 June 2017 to 7 June 2020

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