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 2017

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 Location Topic Contact
Friday 29 September, 7-9pm Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Art Therapist Angela Kirby on “De-Script Your Now” RSVP to Truly-Belle here or text 0449 225 468
Friday 27 October,
7-9pm
Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Presenter: Floortime Therapist Kate Viiamene on “Autism and Relationship: The juxtaposition of intellectual and emotional IQ” RSVP to Truly-Belle here or text 0449 225 468
Friday 24 November,
7-9pm
Ikon Institute, Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall
Presenter: Metaphysical Art Therapist Shamarie Flavel, Title TBC
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.

Date and Time Location Topic Contact
Sunday 26 February, 9.30am-12pm TBC (within 10km of the city) TBC RSVP Gayle Crisp here
Sunday 28 May, 9.30-12pm Alexandra Hills Trauma Informed Practice in Arts Therapy RSVP Gayle Crisp here
Sunday 23 July, 2.30-4.30pm TBC

TBC

RSVP Gayle Crisp here
Sunday 29 October, 2.30-4.30pm TBC TBC RSVP Gayle Crisp here

Contact Gayle here to join the BrizCATs mailing list and receive updates and info regarding gatherings.

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
Saturday 27 May, 1.30pm-3.30pm Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC RSVP Derek Tys

0429 191 656
Saturday 1 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC RSVP Derek Tys

0429 191 656
Saturday 29 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore

TBC

RSVP Derek Tys

0429 191 656
Saturday 26 August, 1.30pm-3.30pm Inner Sanctvm, 68 Magellan Street, Lismore TBC RSVP Derek Tys

0429 191 656

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 26 March 11-12.30pm Melbourne Art Therapy Studio (Room C1.01) Abbotsford Convent TBC RSVP Amanda Scott here
Sunday 21 May 11-12.30pm Melbourne Art Therapy Studio (Room C1.01) Abbotsford Convent TBC RSVPAmanda Scott here

Sunday 23 July 1-4pm

Melbourne Art Therapy Studio (Room C1.01) Abbotsford Convent TBC RSVPAmanda Scott here

Further dates to be announced

Melbourne Art Therapy Studio (Room C1.01) Abbotsford Convent TBC RSVPAmanda Scott here


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

Date Location Topic Contact
Saturday 1 April 2-4pm Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here
Saturday 6 May 1-4pm  Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here

Saturday 3 June 1-4pm

Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here

Saturday 1 July 1-4pm

Cheltenham (TBC) TBC RSVP Meike Zielinksi here

Saturday 5 August 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
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
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 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
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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 (Name TBC) This new CATs in Conversation group will meet bimonthly on the 4th Sunday of the month.

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 23 July, 1pm Spring Gully Corner Store, Spring Gully, Bendigo  TBC RSVP & enquiries to Angela here or
on 0435 534 458 by 19 July
Sunday 24 September, 1pm TBC  TBC RSVP & enquiries to Angela here  or
on 0435 534 458 by 20 Sept
Sunday 26 November, 1pm TBC  TBC  RSVP & enquiries to Angela here  or
on 0435 534 458 by 22 Nov

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 3 April 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC RSVP Chris Storm here
Monday 29 May 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC RSVP Chris Storm here
Monday 7 August 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC RSVP Chris Storm here
Monday 9 October 6.30-9.30pm 47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC RSVP Chris Storm here
Monday 11 December 6.30-9.30pm
47 Barrabool Road, Highton TBC RSVP Chris Storm here
grat

GRAT Group of Regional Arts Therapists GRAT is a support group for Professional Arts Therapists Registered with ANZATA/ACATA, or Arts Therapists who are in the process of registering. GRAT pro-vides a way for Arts Therapists to exchange professional knowledge and share expertise. GRAT focusses on the theoretical side of Arts Therapy and further professional development for Arts Therapists. There is a $5.00 fee for members.

Date Location Topic Contact
Sunday 12 February, 1.30-3.30pm

Jubilee Lake,
Daylesford

GRAT Social Gathering (casual opportunity to meet and connect) 

RSVP Karen Biggs here
Sunday 30 April
1-4pm
Uniting Church Hall, Castlemaine The NDIS and Arts Therapy
Presented by Nyrelle Bade
RSVP Natalya here

Sunday 25 June
1-4pm

Wesley Hill Hall, Castlemaine Presented by Dr Patricia Fenner, La Trobe University
Topic to be confirmed
RSVP Natalya here

Sunday 27 August
1-4pm

Uniting Church Hall, Castlemaine Presented by Kim Dunphy, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow
Topic to be confirmed
RSVP Natalya here

Sunday 22 October
1-4pm

Uniting Church Hall,
Castlemaine

“Fitting the Form: exploring ourselves as Arts Therapists”
Experiential workshop using clay, facilitated by Chris Storm

RSVP Natalya here