Art Therapy Courses and Distance Education/Online

Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy



We offer you a world of possibilities:
Study on Campus – Face-to-face art therapy courses in Newcastle and Sydney (Australia)
Study by Distance Education/Online – Online art therapy courses available worldwide

Only three universities offer an extensive Art Therapy program in Australia: Sydney NSW; Melbourne VIC; and Brisbane QLD. In many other countries the program isn’t offered at all. The Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) is committed to the training and development of art therapy around Australia and worldwide. Our Newcastle and Distance Education Art Therapy Courses presents a solid foundation for those people who may not be able to study at a University.

With a flexible and engaging style, CECAT’s art therapy training courses and workshops provide explanations of theory; demonstrations of techniques; and practical experiences. The use of experiential methods support an in depth learning process.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is an evidence-based intervention developed in the mid 1940s for the management of mental health disorders in both adults and children. It is widely used in Europe and the United States, but in Australia the practice of art therapy is still in its early stages.

Art therapy encourages self-discovery and emotional growth. Evolving from Freud and Jung’s theories of the unconscious, art therapy is based on the belief that visual symbols and images (as in dreams), are the most accessible and natural form of communicating to the human experience. Clients are encouraged to visualise, and create, a representation of thoughts and emotions that they may not otherwise be able to articulate.

Art therapists assist people to access their own image-making abilities. They do this by jointly exploring the meaning of their images in light of the relationships and personal experiences they have encountered which may be distressing or nurturing. The art therapist’s great advantage is being able to facilitate the client’s expression of their inner world that they may find difficult to verbalise.

The art therapist supports the processes of emotional integration and growth by providing a safe, reliable and therapeutic environment within which the client can create and use images to develop insight and achieve personal change.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which CECAT is situated, and pays respect to elders both past and present of the Worimi Peoples. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within CECAT may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

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