Art Therapy Courses

Online Certificate & Diploma Courses

The College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) is committed to the training and development of art therapy around Australia and worldwide. Our distance education Art Therapy Courses provide a solid foundation for those unable to study at a University for financial reasons, time restraints or just living too far away.

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

While students can complete the entire course online (including Skype meetings), we highly recommend taking advantage of our on-campus Intensives (after completing the online modules in your own time) in an Australian city of your choice.

Why study art therapy with CECAT?

Only four universities in Australia offer an art therapy program: Sydney NSW, Perth WA, Melbourne VIC and Brisbane QLD. In many countries, University art therapy programs are not available at all. For those abroad and those who can’t study with one of the Universities, CECAT offers Australian and International Courses for students seeking to enrich their therapy skills or work professionally as art therapists.

Meet your host, director and senior lecturer at CECAT

Robert P. Gray

Registered Art Therapist and Psychologist

A highly regarded art therapy lecturer, Robert leads the field in art therapy… [read more]

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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 courses encourage 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 forms of communication for 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 encounter, which may be nurturing or distressing. 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.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • Life changing...

    Studying with CECAT has given me the skills and confidence to get out there and start my own practice. I knew the moment I began the art therapy course that it would be life changing. The skills I gained have given me the confidence to quit my job as a teacher and become an art therapist full-time!”

    Julie Nicholson
    Teacher
  • Exciting and engaging...

    The course was exciting and engaging throughout. It would be great to see Art Therapy in every day practice.”

    Cynthia Parker
    Psychiatrist
  • Rob is dynamic and passionate...

    Rob is dynamic and passionate about Art Therapy and he teaches in this manner. I have loved every minute of this course.”

    Jo Yates
    Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Eye opening, challenging...

    Eye opening, challenging, hopeful – Re-united me with my creative self in a very safe way.”

    Ruth Kreamer
    Social Worker
  • Touched on a very deep level...

    This course has reminded me of the joy in my life. It has touched me on a very deep level. I did not expect this outcome. I feel more in tune with the real me.”

    Allison Pennings
    Registered Nurse (Acute Mental Health)
  • I was painting...

    At the time of starting this art therapy course, I had for a long time found it difficult to paint, draw or do any creative endeavour. By the end of the training, I was painting and planning to give painting more space in my life.”

    Sheila Smith
    Aboriginal Artist
  • Enabled me to understand...

    This course has enabled me to much more fully understand the profound impact that art therapy can offer in the therapeutic process, particularly how the visual image can assist children to tell their story, and how exploration of the picture can reflect inner meaning.”

    Jane Mosco
    School Counsellor
  • Amazing journey of discovery...

    Art therapy is an amazing journey of discovery, creativity and growth. As an occupational therapist, I am energised by a therapeutic tool that is fun, versatile and meaningful, that can be used in a variety of settings with clients of all ages, life experiences and needs.”

    Jess Westcott
    Occupational Therapist
  • Professionally organised and delivered...

    Most enjoyable, empowering, confronting and challenging at times; professionally organised and delivered.”

    Lynn Banna
    Paediatrician
  • One of my best teachers...

    Rob has designed an amazing course that provides opportunity for students to “experience” art therapy whilst they learn the skills and tools required to “practice” as an Art Therapist. Thank you for being one of my best teachers.”

    Jillian De Souza
    Buddhist Psychologist
  • Enjoyed this course very much...

    I enjoyed this course very much and was delighted to discover your talent, intuition and expertise as an art therapist.”

    Elise Wynyard
    Artist
  • Safe and supportive environment...

    I loved Rob’s course. The Intensive is great because I was able to practice the skills in a safe and supportive environment. I learned more in this course than in all my counselling training. I feel that I’m a better therapist because of it.”

    Colleen Nicholas
    Counsellor
  • Fantastic opportunity to grow...

    The experience is life changing and it has been a fantastic opportunity to grow personally and professionally. It has been my dream to be able to call myself an Art Therapist. The process with the group and online is easy and affordable. I am on my way to fulfil my dream ambition. Thank you Rob.”

    Sheree Audet
    Artist and Mental Health Support Worker
  • Changed the way I view myself and others...

    This art therapy course has been an experience that has changed the way I view myself and others. I have rediscovered the connection between the sacred and secular in everyday life and uncovered strengths that are helping me to move forward.”

    Kate Andrew
    Anglican Priest

Acknowledgement of Country

The College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy (CECAT) respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within CECAT, we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

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Get in Touch Today!

We have provided online education to art therapy students from over 30 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and China in Asia, India and Pakistan in South East Asia, Great Britain, Germany and Italy in Europe, USA and Canada in North America, Brazil and Chile in South America, South Africa and Zimbabwe in Africa, and many more!

Join others from different walks of life and fields of expertise in discovering the power of art therapy.  Start anytime, from anywhere in the world and at your own pace.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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