All current financial members of ACATA can attend a committee meeting. If you are an interstate member please contact Anna the ACATA Administrative Assistant to see if online meeting facilities are available in your state. Here is the new ACATA Committee line-up for 2018 as voted in at the AGM in December 2017!
ACATA COMMITTEE FOR 2017
Nyrelle Bade – President
Nyrelle has over a decade of experience as an Arts Therapist. She specialises in working with clients who have multiple and complex needs, women with complex trauma, and children who present with behavioural issues. She originally studied transpersonal counselling at the Phoenix Institute, but after a dream her therapeutic focus changed to Arts Therapy. She is currently completing her MA by Research at the MIECAT Institute. Nyrelle runs a full time private practice based in East Melbourne and Point Cook. Nyrelle has a special interest in intergenerational neglect and trauma and its effect on attachment, intimate relationships, and wellbeing. She loves to support newly graduated Arts Therapists build a private practice, through mentorship/supervision. Nyrelle has been an active member of the ACATA committee since 2009 and has held the office as the President of ACATA for the last 3 years.
Sometimes I wonder why I became a member of the ACATA Committee in the first place… I think someone asked me…. but the reason I have remained active on the Committee for the last 7 years is that I have a lot of energy, and I have a vision for Arts Therapies and ACATA. My vision, which has become a shared vision amongst the current committee of ACATA, is for a strong, vibrant and relevant professional Arts Therapy association that provides an inclusive place for us to belong, to collaborate with others, and well as professional recognition for our contribution through the arts to education, therapy, community and education.
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Glenda Needs – Vice President
Glenda Needs has been using the arts therapeutically for almost 15 years and completed her Post Graduate Arts Therapy training at RMIT. She has an extensive background in multimodal Arts Therapy, both with diverse client populations and in an educational role. Glenda has an academic and practical background in drama, art, neuroscience, disability, counselling, clinical supervision, paediatric psycho-social palliative care and art therapy. She worked for many years in her own busy Art Therapy practice, providing both private and organization funded consultations. Glenda also established the Art Therapy program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia and worked as the head art therapist in Paediatric Palliative Care.
Glenda currently serves as Head of Creative Therapies at the IKON Institute of Australia, and regularly teaches and provides Professional Supervision for Counsellors and Art Therapists.
Glenda believes passionately in the power of numbers. She has embraced her role on the ACATA committee as an opportunity to work at giving Arts Therapies a voice, and a place in wellbeing and mental health services across Australia.
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Amy McKay – Secretary
Hi fellow ACATA members,
My name is Amy McKay and I live in the North East of Melbourne with my husband and baby boy. I am currently on maternity leave from my role as an Arts Therapist in the Children’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital where I work three days a week. Although the work can be challenging at times, I adore the children/young people and families that I’m privileged to work with, who allow me to create and laugh alongside them through a difficult time in their lives. I joined the committee because I want to be more involved in our profession, connecting with ACATA members.
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Lisa Duggan – Treasurer
Lisa is an arts therapist, counsellor, yoga teacher and educator working in clinical practice for over 10 years with individuals and couples in the ares of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and life transitions. Lisa combines her clinical experience as a lecturer at Ikon Institute delivering training in its transpersonal art therapy and counselling programs since 2010.
Lisa joined the ACATA committee in 2013 to become actively involved in collaboratively promoting and improving the quality of professional support for all members and to promote professional unification of creative and arts therapists.
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Angela Ray – Committee Member
Angela has a background of working with families and children for 16 years in the Community Health Sector. She graduated from Monash Bachelor of Social Welfare in 1999 and RMIT Masters of Creative Arts Therapy in 2008. Angela became a member of the Committee in 2015 as she wanted to be a part of the dynamic changes that are occurring within the ACATA and Arts Therapy sector.
Through her work she supports families, both adults and children at the coal face of family work; including Child Protection System, Family Violence, Trauma, Family Disruption, Mental Health, Poverty and Substance Abuse. Angela is passionate about CAT being a catalyst for the change process in families.
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Chris Storm – Committee Member
After discovering that much of the work Chris had been involved in over the years using creative arts in her counselling and group work practices she decided to formalize her training and undertook a transformation journey both personally and professionally. Her skill based is now grounded in Initiatic Art Therapy practices and she specializes in a sensorimotor modality, Work at the Clay Field. Furthering her studies in this modality and a lifelong commitment to learning has resulted in membership with the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy as a trainer assistant and supervisor. Currently Chris is in private practice.
Chris joined the ACATA Committee to support the Creative Arts Therapies community and work collaboratively in gaining recognition for the field.
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Monica Wong – Committee Member
Dr. Monica Wong, PsyD. is an author, clinical psychologist, registered art therapist, and the first trauma specialist and trainer in Asia certified by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (USA). She is a professional trainer of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the academic director of the Hong Kong Institute for Counselling Professionals. She hopes to contribute herself in promoting ACATA in the region of Asia.
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Liz Antcliff – Committee Member
Founder and principle therapist of Heartspace Artspace & Counselling, a private art psychotherapy practice in Queensland. Heartspace Artspace emerged from my own lived experiences of the healing therapeutic attributes of creative expression. Adding to a B. Psychology and Ma. Counselling I studied arts therapy with MIECAT and with the Institute of Sensorimotor Art Therapy. In 2006 arts therapy became my principle practice. Over the past years I have added to my practice with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. So my arts therapy practice has an emphasis on the wisdom of the body in art therapy known as sensorimotor art therapy. I am privileged to work with adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma as a particular focus of Heartspace Artspace. In addition I teach in Queensland and the ACT with the Institute of Sensorimotor Art Therapy.
I hold a strong interest in research and in providing support for Arts Therapists through supervision. Joining the ACATA Committee is an act of putting my energy as my mouth speaks: to support arts therapy in Australia and to increase awareness of the benefits of creative arts therapy.
Amanda Lines – Committee Member
Amanda is a visual artist and Arts Therapist, and has worked professionally for ten years, both in private practice and for a range of community development organisations. During this time, she has worked with visual art, drama, creative movement, and performance. She has worked with adults and children with disability for almost 30 years, and throughout her entire working life has striven to both engage and recover her clients’ creativity to enhance quality of life. Amanda believes that a creative life is a healthy one, a self-directed, full, connected life.
Her practice is arts-based. Amanda specialises in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity/self – esteem.
Amanda is passionate about community and social inclusion, and embraces “difference”. She currently runs a private therapeutic art studio in Warrnambool, in south-west Victoria, under her business name, “Third Thing First”, and puts all of her working energy into nourishing and enhancing a safe and optimal creative space for a number of artists with disability, and private clients. The space functions both as an artist’s studio and a therapeutic hub.
Amanda has joined the committee because she wants to support the field of Arts Therapies, and connect with her peers. The world needs us! And we need each other. As Muhammed Ali put it in his famous and concise poem: “Me………..We”.
Belinda V Cody – Committee Member
Belinda has returned to the Committee, having served for several years previously, feeling inspired to foster and support the imminent possibility of integration and internationalization for the organisation, with flow-on benefits for all ACATA members and the field of Creative Arts Therapies.
Belinda has previously worked as an educator/manager/promoter/performer and more recently as creative arts therapist in diverse areas such as: with returned veterans with PTSD; men’s and women’s community groups; with disadvantaged young men in youth detention; and, for a period of four and a half years, as a music therapist in aged and palliative care. Belinda has worked as facilitator, with a focus on music improvisation, and as a supervisor, on arts therapy programs such as the RMIT University Master in Creative Arts Therapy course. In her most recent position, engaging with clients with torture and trauma backgrounds, and working towards post-traumatic growth, she served as Counsellor Advocate with asylum seekers in state and community detention, and was especially privileged to work as Counsellor (Families and Youth) in outreach with refugee families with complex needs, in Darwin NT.
Belinda is currently engaged in completing her Professional Doctorate in Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT Institute. She continues to be passionate about highlighting the potent role of creative arts therapies, alongside established modalities, in bringing well-being and flourishing to individual clients, families and communities.
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