What is ACATA?
The Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA) is the peak body for the Creative Arts Therapies in Australia. ACATA is dedicated to best serving the Creative Arts Therapies community in Australia and provides a range of services for members including: professional networking, peer support, communication through our website and publications, professional representation, professional standards, promotion and advocacy, professional directory and referral service and professional development opportunities.
A Brief History of ACATA
The network association for Arts Therapists was established in 1998. The first wave of students nearing completion of the RMIT Master of Creative Arts Therapy (Melbourne) were eager to promote recognition of the creative therapies, and to form an “association of practitioners” aimed at developing the practice. ACATA was incorporated on the 28th of September 2000.
In 2009, ACATA made an inclusive shift from supporting only those qualified in the creative arts therapy disipline to all qualified therapists working with the arts. ACATA’s name also changed to the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association. These changes aim to celebrate and embrace the diversity within our growing profession.
A world of opportunity in research, practice and networking for the creative arts therapies community.
- To be visionary in our approach
- Promote the diverse principles and practice of the Creative Arts Therapies
- Build and disseminate knowledge
- Provide leadership
- Promote training and development
- Work with the community to expand understandings of Creative Arts Therapies
ACATA’s goals are underpinned by the following values:
- Respect, dignity and responsibility
- Honesty and integrity
- Community, a sense of belonging
- Professional diversity
- The encouragement of creativity, ideas and innovation
- Holistic health