CATs in Conversation is an open and informal get-together for anyone interested in the arts, in health, wellbeing, community or education. This diverse group meets regularly to share information, discuss pressing topics, provide mentorship for trainee arts therapists, and provide social and professional support for trainee, graduate and professional arts therapists or anyone interested in the arts.

CATs in Conversation dates 2018

Adelaide

AATISN is a means for people with a strong interest in the field of arts therapies to share information and support one another. It is a warm and welcoming environment, with lots of friendly people. The presenters are therapist in various domains, who incorporate Arts Therapies into their professional practices. More information is available via the AATISN Facebook group.

DATE AND TIME LOCATION TOPIC CONTACT
Friday 23 February 2018, 7-9pm Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Merel Purmer – Counsellor and Art Therapist, “The Art of Expression” RSVP to Truly-Belle here or text 0449 225 468
Friday 16 March 2018, 7-9pm Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Art Therapist Angela Kirby – Art | Intuition | Healing
RSVP to Truly-Belle here or text 0449 225 468
Friday 27 April 2018, 7-9pm Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Art Therapist Bel Ryan – Ignite Art Therapies 225 468
Friday 25 May 2018, 7-9pm Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Bec Secombe – SMART Occupational Therapy RSVP to Truly-Belle here or text 0449 225 468

Brisbane

BrizCATs is a network of Creative Arts Therapists and Practitioners in the Brisbane and surrounding districts. We are creative arts therapists and practitioners who use multi-modal, experiential arts approaches to the exploration of meanings and the choices for action. This voluntary network offers spaces for collaborative professional reflection and support through open dialogue and sharing. Contact Gayle here to join the BrizCATs mailing list and receive updates and info regarding gatherings.

Please RSVP if you intend to come through the event page as they go live or brizcats@bigpond.com  (include ‘your name’ in msg and something like ‘Yes to BrizCATs on  in March.

BrizCATs also we would like to say a big thank you and acknowledge the generosity of IKON Institute in making their space available for BrizCATs in 2018 to gather.

Date/ Time Venue Topic  and Facilitator BYO and Resources
Saturday
3 March 2018,
9.30am -12.30
IKON Institute
16 Brookes Street
Bowen Hills
CATs in Conversation
Grounding into 2018
A creative inquiry: More info soon.
  • Snack to share
Sunday
10 June 2018,
9.30am-12.30
IKON Institute
16 Brookes Street
Bowen Hills
CATs in Conversation
CAT’s Swap Shop
This is one of our most favourite activities. It’s a bit like speed dating where we get to share briefly (depending on numbers about 5-10 minutes each) a favourite activity, book, link, resource.
  • BYO a book
  • Resource
  • Link
  • Activity
  • Project
  • Idea
Sunday
26 August 2o18,
9.30am -12.30
IKON Institute
16 Brookes Street
Bowen Hills
CATs in Conversation
Peer Supervision
We are going to try something new in this gathering by taking some time to practice peer supervision. A brief into to some guidelines and then we can break out into groups and do some peer supervising. Then come together at the end for a brief reflecting on peer supervision practice
  • Curiousity, compassiona and a willingness to  companion others as they explore their work.
25 November 2018,
2pm-5
IKON Institute
16 Brookes Street
Bowen Hills
CATs in Conversation
Celebrating stepping Stones
A creative reflection and celebration on the year
  •  Objects or images that reflect key moment of your journey this year.

Northern NSW

We are creative arts therapists, practitioners and trainees who use multi-modal, experiential arts approaches to the exploration of meanings and the choices for action. This voluntary network offers spaces for collaborative professional reflection and support through open dialogue and sharing.   The group aims to draw together and provide a nexus for creative art therapists.  There is a small $5 donation to cover room hire and refreshments, and art supplies.  

Date and Time Location Topic Contact
TBA Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC
TBA Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC
TBA Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore

TBC

TBA Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC

Melbourne

There are several groups running in Melbourne’s Northern, South Eastern, and Western suburbs. The groups are open to each of the members having a chance to facilitate different processes for one another as a way to gain experience and share knowledge.

Abbotsford (CAT Chat)

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 18 March 2018, 11-12.30pm Abbotsford Convent Who has influenced your practice? (Bring a reading/quote/example) Book Here
Sunday 20 May 2018, 11-12.30pm Abbotsford Convent What is your current learning edge?  Book Here

Sunday 29 July 2018, 1-4pm

Abbotsford Convent Self Care for practitioners  Book Here

Sunday 14 October 2018, 11-12:30pm

Abbotsford Convent What have you come to know so far in 2018?  Book Here


Bayside
 (CAT Chat) The Bayside CAT Chat group meets on the first Saturday of every month.

Date Location Topic Contact
Saturday 3 March 2018, 2-4pm Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here
Saturday 8 April 2018, 1-4pm Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here

Saturday 5 May 2018, 1-4pm

Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here

Saturday 2 June 2018, 1-4pm

Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here


Burwood (Art Therapy Peer Group) Art Therapy Peer Group is a grass roots gathering of practicing and studying Arts Therapists. We share insight from diverse backgrounds, methodologies, and practice environments. We come together for professional growth, networking, and to refresh energies. Members alternate facilitation on subjects we love. $5 donation.

Date Location Topic Contact
Monday 24 July 0218,
7-9pm
22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy
TBC RSVP Sandra Schilling email,
Sue Guzic email or 0439 413 858
Carolyn Williams (venue) 0407 275 327
Monday 21 August 2018,
7-9pm
22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy
TBC RSVP Sandra Schilling email,
Sue Guzic email or 0439 413 858
Carolyn Williams (venue) 0407 275 327

Monday 25 September 2018, 7-9pm

22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy
TBC RSVP Sandra Schilling email,
Sue Guzic email or 0439 413 858
Carolyn Williams (venue) 0407 275 327

Monday 23 October 2018,
7-9pm

22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy
TBC RSVP Sandra Schilling email,
Sue Guzic email or 0439 413 858
Carolyn Williams (venue) 0407 275 327

Monday 27 November 2018, 7-9pm

22 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Enter shopfront near the corner of Warrigal Rd and Burwood Hwy

TBC

RSVP Sandra Schilling email,
Sue Guzic email or 0439 413 858
Carolyn Williams (venue) 0407 275 327

Footscray (CATs Out West) A self-directed peer support group, open for sharing. Engaging with a variety of creative processes and inclusive range of modalities and paradigms.  $5 to cover costs. The Body Voice Centre is a great space, generously made available by John Howard and Michelle Fox. 

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 30 July 2018, 7-9pm Body Voice Centre,
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray
TBC RSVP by Friday before to Cath 0421 850 297 or
Michelle at Body Voice 0409 510 244
Sunday 27 August 2018, 7-9pm Body Voice Centre,
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray
TBC RSVP by Friday before to Cath 0421 850 297 or
Michelle at Body Voice 0409 510 244

Sunday 24 September 2018, 7-9pm

Body Voice Centre,
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray
TBC RSVP by Friday before to Cath 0421 850 297 or
Michelle at Body Voice 0409 510 244

Sunday 29 October 2018, 7-9pm

Body Voice Centre,
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray
TBC RSVP by Friday before to Cath 0421 850 297 or
Michelle at Body Voice 0409 510 244

Sunday 26 November 2018, 7-9pm

Body Voice Centre,
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray

TBC

RSVP by Friday before to Cath 0421 850 297 or
Michelle at Body Voice 0409 510 244

Regional Victoria

Central Victoria – Creative Bush CATs meets bimonthly on the 4th Sunday of the month in Bendigo.

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 25 February 2018, 1pm Spring Gully Corner Store, Spring Gully, Bendigo Catch up and planning for the year RSVP & enquiries to Angela here or
on 0435 534 458
Sunday 22 April 2018, 1pm TBC  TBC RSVP & enquiries to Angela here  or
on 0435 534 458
Sunday 24 June 2018, 1pm TBC  TBC  RSVP & enquiries to Angela here  or
on 0435 534 458

Geelong CATs

The Geelong CATs is a network of Creative Arts Therapists in the Geelong, Greater Geelong, Bellarine, and Surfcoast area.  We are practitioners and trainees who are interested in utilising various creative arts techniques in our practice.  The group encourages members to facilitate a topic, activity or discussion to both broaden our working knowledge of various techniques and to provide a sounding board and reflective peer supervision process. There is a small cost to cover materials etc of $10.
Date Location Topic Contact
Monday 19 February 2018, 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC To RSVP to Chris Storm email storminsightcounselling@gmail.com
Monday 23 April 2018, 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton (venue may change & will be updated if necessary) TBC  To RSVP to Chris Storm email storminsightcounselling@gmail.com
Monday 18 June 2018, 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton (venue may change & will be updated if necessary) TBC  To RSVP to Chris Storm email storminsightcounselling@gmail.com
Monday 20 August 2018, 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton (venue may change & will be updated if necessary) TBC  To RSVP to Chris Storm email storminsightcounselling@gmail.com
Monday 22 October 2018, 6.30-9.30pm
47 Barrabool Road, Highton (venue may change & will be updated if necessary) TBC  To RSVP to Chris Storm email storminsightcounselling@gmail.com
grat

GRAT Group of Regional Arts Therapists

GRAT (Group of Registered Regional Arts Therapists) is a support group for Arts Therapists Registered as professional members with ANZATA/ACATA or Arts Therapists who are in the process of becoming registering (eligibility criteria please see ANZATA/ACATA websites).

At every GRAT meeting a member or guest speaker presents a topic/discussion on Arts Therapy. GRAT focuses on the theoretical side of Arts Therapy and further professional development for Arts Therapists. GRAT strives to create more public awareness around Arts Therapy. We meet four times a year. Meetings are usually held on a Sunday afternoon in Central Victoria. GRAT participation assists in meeting CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirements necessary to continue registration with ANZATA, and also provides a solid support network for Arts Therapists.

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 11 March 2018, 1-4pm

Uniting Church Hall, 8-12 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

MIECAT/GRAT Practicum Project Group Presentation by Kay Salehi, Katie Vallaro, Janice Mandara & Natalya Garden-Thompson RSVP Natalya here
Sunday 13 May 2018,
1-4pm
Uniting Church Hall, 8-12 Lyttleton StreetCastlemaine Experiential Workshop with Monica Finch RSVP Natalya here

Sunday 29 July 2018,
1-4pm

182 Hallets Way, Bacchus Marsh Van Go (Mobile Arts Therapy Van) RSVP Natalya here

Sunday 9 September 2018,
1-4pm

Uniting Church Hall, 8-12 Lyttleton StreetCastlemaine Open Meeting (non-GRAT members invited to attend) Presenter & topic to be confirmed RSVP Natalya here

CATs in Ballarat “Ballarat Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) Network”
This is a brand new group! To find out more you can request to join their Facebook Group

Date Location Topic Contact
Saturday 14 October 2017, 11am-1pm

Address provided upon RSVP

  TBC

RSVP Essential to Monica Finch
0437 236 411 or email
Tuesday 28 November, 6-8pm Address provided upon RSVP   TBC RSVP Essential to Monica Finch
0437 236 411 or email

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 6-8pm

Address provided upon RSVP   TBC RSVP Essential to Monica Finch
0437 236 411 or email

Tuesday Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am-1pm

Address provided upon RSVP   TBC RSVP Essential to Monica Finch
0437 236 411 or email

Cairns CATs in Northern Queensland

A self-directed peer’s support group for Creative Art Therapist residing in and around Cairns. The group may share ideas in working with clients, share training opportunities and a space to rejuvenate your passion for the work you do. Click here to go to their Facebook Group

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday

25th February 2018

10-12pm

Innate Therapies
9 Barlow Street. Manunda
Exploring Self-care through Art Therapy RSVP Donna Mahoney
Sunday

11th March 2018

10-12pm

Innate Therapies
9 Barlow Street. Manunda
TBC RSVP Donna Mahoney
Wednesday

18th April 2018

5.30-7.30pm

Innate Therapies
9 Barlow Street. Manunda
TBC RSVP Donna Mahoney
Tuesday

8th May 2018

5.30-7.30pm

Innate Therapies
9 Barlow Street. Manunda
TBC RSVP Donna Mahoney