The following are non-degree arts therapy courses on offer in Australia and New Zealand.

Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy

2014 Art Therapy Courses


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.

This course offers students, in a group of about 8-16 people, 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. Participants can expect to be exposed to experiences that may stimulate their emotions and offer opportunities for self-disclosure

Note: This course does not offer personal therapy and is not a formal degree.

Art Therapy and Anger Management (please contact Rob for further details)

Two Day Introductions:
9am to 4pm, 1-2 March 3-4 May and 1-2 November 2014
• Master Class for Graduate Art Therapists:
9am to 4pm, 30-31 August 2014 (‘Art Therapy and Anger Management’)
• Ten Weekends of the next One Year Course 2014-2015:
9am to 4pm, 4-5 June, 26-27 July, 16-17 August, 13-14 September, 11-12 October and 15-16 November 2014
• Further dates in 2015: to be advised

Newcastle/ Heatherbrae –
Sir Francis Drake, Comfort Inn, 2259 Pacific Highway

For FURTHER INFORMATION and REGISTRATION, please visit our webpage:

Centre for Art Psychotherapy

Foundation Studies in Art Psychotherapy

PO Box 74, Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782

February – November 2014
One weekend per month

Offers a One Year Course (160 hours)
Suitable for therapists, counsellors, artists, educators and others wishing to enhance skills and extend knowledge in therapeutic art practice.

Further information:
Annette Coulter
02 4757 2728 or 0408 822 080

The Dramatherapy Centre

We offer training, courses and individual therapy

Introductory Dramatherapy Course 2014
6 weekends March- November 2014

This course is intended to familiarise participants with the rudiments of dramatherapy.
People working in teaching, health and counselling may be interested in adding to their therapeutic toolset!
There will be experiential and theoretical work in the following areas: Symbol & Metaphor, Improvisation, Client safety, Role Theory, Dramatherapy for various client groups, Psychodramatic techniques, storymaking and puppetry and mask work.
We will explain how the following modalities fit in with Dramatherapy: Art therapy, voice-movement therapy, somatic therapy, dance-movement therapy, narrative therapy and biographical medicine (by a GP).

For more information visit:
T: (02) 9518 6519

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: AASW • ACA • ANZATA • APS  and ACMHN

Training in Sandtray and Sandplay Therapy

Open to: Counselors, psychologists, psychotherapists, play & arts therapists

Sandplay is a creative way of expressing or exploring issues that are difficult to put into words. Sandplay provides the client, child or adult, access to his/her innermost feelings, core beliefs and psyche. In Sandplay Therapy, the client explores through symbols, sand and water what is happening in his/her inner or outer world. Through this process, understanding, resolution and growth can be achieved. Sandplay Therapy is based on Jungian principles and the work of Dora Kalff.

By arrangement: Monthly Peer supervision groups: 2nd Monday & Tuesday of month. Day & evening groups can be negotiated
2014 courses: Levels 1, 2, 3 School holiday dates to be confirmed.

Jean ParkinsonMAAT; B.Soc Sci, Reg Art Therapist (ANZATA) has been counselling children for 15 years and trained as an Art Psychotherapist in Sydney. Currently working with children, teens and their families in her private practice. Recent experience as senior Therapist in a multidisciplinary child protection team.  Jean is a Clinical Supervisor for Whitecliffe’s MAAT and full Professional Member of ANZATA,  Working member of STANZA and continues to study with the International Society for Sandplay Therapists (ISST).           

Lisabeth ToomeyBS FAMI; Dip Couns; Reg Music Therapist, has extensive experience in counselling & psychotherapy with adults and child clients across a variety of settings. Lis is in private practice and is an experienced supervisor.

Both facilitators have completed all levels of training in Sandplay Therapy with Maureen Woodcock, pioneer NZ trainer and Mark Pearson, EITA (Australia).

Dates for all Levels are confirmed when 6 participants are confirmed.  
Where: Meadowbank, Auckland (Map provided on registration)
Cost: $150 per day (includes Morning & afternoon tea). Earlybird rates for early registration and payment.                          
Course notes: available on the day $10. Statement of Attendance issued.
Other areas or agency contracts: Courses and costs can be negotiated. Travel, transporting equipment and accommodation costs will be charged.
For more info and registration:
Mail: Jean Parkinson.  PO Box 87220, Meadowbank, AUCKLAND 1072

Expressive Play with Collage

Expressive Play with Collage is a weekly workshop where you can gather with others to create your own personal deck of soul tending cards using magazine pictures. Based on Sena Frost’s,, this process works with and exercises your intuition. It strengthens and deepens trust in yourself and is an opportunity to make sense of life’s challenges and changes.

This workshop can ‘Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit’  – Sean Frost

No artistic experience needed and all materials are provided.

When: Every Friday, 1-3 pm (Casual or regular attendance is optional, however I request that you please confirm your attendance by 9am Friday morning.)
Where: 21 Koornong Crest, Warrandyte North
Cost: $10
Contact: Tania Virgona,, 0421 808 401

GATE-ways to Recovery

What is GATE-ways?

GATE-ways to Recovery© is an efficient non-pharmacological program based on Person Centred Care, Five Stage Trauma Recovery and Gestalt Art Therapy. The therapy uses a structured combination of activities in various art mediums. It has clinically and statistically proven application in dementia care, and transfers readily to disability services.

Developing skills to assist your clients to:
     I.        Decrease their anxiety
    II.        Decrease their depression
   III.        Improve their skills, including cognition and motor
    IV.        Have a stronger sense of self, and self esteem
     V.        Reconnect and/or expand their social interaction and networks

This 3 day training workshop for health service personnel will develop participants’ knowledge and skills to enable them to conduct the GATE-ways to Recovery® therapy program with their clients in their respective facilities or communities. GATE-ways will be a valuable and high impact addition to the repertoire of available activity therapies.

Enrol now to enhance the skills of your staff and enrich the lives of your clients!

Course facilitators:

Margaret MUIR is a psychologist, Gestalt and Art Therapist with over 30 years experience in private practice following 15 years work in health and education. GATE-ways was developed by Margaret as a result of her personal and professional experiences.

Ron SAMS has over 30 years experience in health and aged care as a registered nurse, clinical nurse consultant, educator and facility manager. Ron has seen the significant positive impact that the GATE-ways program can have on the wellbeing of residents, staff and families, and the enhancement of organisational culture
Program Details:

In 2014 the 3 day program will run on the 24th, 25th, and 26th February and 24th, 25th, and 26th March

Course fee includes manuals, meals and refreshments.
The cost $990 per participant (GST inclusive) for two people
Price of $880 (GST inclusive) each for 2 participants, from the same organisation.
Early bird discount = $880 (GST inclusive)
Venue: Mayfield Diggers Club 58 Hanbury Street, MAYFIELD  NSW

A half day follow-up session after practical application of GATE-ways in your service this is two 10 hr courses with 6 participants. The follow up training session can be by attendance or by SKYPE.

We also provide a Data Master Excel program for you to monitor the changes in the participants over the implementation of the 10 hour program. In addition these results to provide GATE-ways to Recovery Pty. Ltd with your evidence to obtain you Facilitators Certificate.

With additional experience, and some additional studies, you are eligible to become a GATE-ways to Recovery Trainer.

For registration forms, please contact:

Spark Centre of creative development
Creative Communications – 2014 Programme for Deaf and Hearing Artists

When                        Term 2 – Monday afternoons
                                 May 5, 12, 19, 26 & June 9, 16, 23, 30
Time                         1.00pm to 3.00pm
Venue                       Spark Centre, Rocky Nook Bowls Club, Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Avenue, St Lukes,
Cost                          $120.00 (please note this is a subsidised fee)
                                 Art materials provided.

Pilot Description

Creative Communications is a pilot programme in visual arts for a mixed group of Deaf and hearing artists who come together once a week for eight art-making sessions in a safe and supportive environment.  Delivered by a team that has both Deaf and hearing facilitators and a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter, the programme is offered to artists who wish to develop their art making abilities and increase self-confidence as practising artists – and to artists who are interested in self-development through creativity.

A diversity of communication and cross-cultural methods will be explored within an integrated and inclusive environment. There will be opportunities for group discussion and personal reflections about understanding art as a language