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January 2017

  • Student Break

February 2017

  • Graduate Diploma 2017 Intake commences

March 2017

  • Info session for new elective units including Licenced Programs (for Graduate Diploma students, graduates + Registered Art & Play Clinicians)

April 2017

  • Complex Trauma Assessment Reports elective unit commences

  • Master Class series commences (for Registered Art & Play Clinicians)

May 2017

  • 1 day prep workshop + info session (for 2018 Graduate Diploma course) - Sydney

June 2017

  • Art & Play Therapy Week - Open Days, Meet & Greets + more

July 2017

  • Student Mid-Year Break

August 2017

  • Semester 2 Graduate Diploma commences
  • Filial Art & Play Therapy elective unit commences

September 2017

  • Course Information documents for Graduate Diploma 2018 Intake available

October 2017

  • Academy’s Annual Conference
    (for Registered Art & Play Clinicians & Graduate Diploma students)
  • 1 day prep workshop + info session (for 2018 Graduate Diploma course) - Sydney 

November 2017

  • Applications close for Graduate Diploma 2018 intake

December 2017

  • Interviews for Graduate Diploma 2018 intake

January 2018

  • Student Break

February 2018

  • Graduate Diploma 2018 Intake commences
  • Advanced Jungian art and play therapy elective unit commences

 

Contact the Academy for further information about the above events/dates.


 
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REGISTERED ART & PLAY CLINICIANS™

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In this section:

Registered Art & Play Clinicians

1. What is a Registered Art & Play Clinician?

2. What is their training?

3. Who are they registered with?

4. What is required to maintain their registration?

5. Where do they work?

6. What is the difference between a Registered Art and Play Clinician and an “art therapist” or “play therapist”?

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REGISTERED ART & PLAY CLINICIANS

1. What is a Registered Art & Play Clinician?

In addition to provided nationally accredited training in art and play therapy, the Academy also maintains and regulates the Australian Register of Art & Play Clinicians™.

A Registered Art and Play Clinician is a counselling clinician who has gained specialist skills and knowledge in applying and evaluating a variety of art and play techniques and models in therapy. Registered Art and Play Clinicians use the art and play therapy techniques and approaches to achieve specific therapeutic goals outlined in the client’s counselling or treatment plan. Counselling plan goals are evaluated on a regular basis (approximately every 6- 10 sessions) and clients and/or relevant parties are actively involved in the review process.

2. What is their training?

The counselling industry in Australia is made up of 7 main professional groups – psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, and psychiatrists. As such, all Registered Art and Play Clinicians are required to hold registration or membership with one of the following Australian professional clinical counselling boards or associations, all of which require adherence to a professional code of ethical practice:

  • Registration with with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) or
  • Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or
  • Listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) or
  • Accreditation with the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist or
  • Member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses or
  • Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

In addition to their general clinical registration/membership with at least one of the above boards/associations, Registered Art and Play Clinicians have also completed a Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy.  The Graduate Diploma is a nationally accredited qualification developed and run by the Academy of Art & Play Therapy (see Nationally Accredited Training).

3. Who are they registered with?

All registrations are processed and regulated by the Academy of Art & Play Therapy and annual registration applications are overseen and reviewed by the Academy’s Advisory Committee.

4. What is required for an Art and Play Clinician to maintain their registration?

In order to maintain best practice standards, Registered Art and Play Clinicians are required to participate in regular professional supervision and professional development activities.  The Academy requires that Registered Art & Play Clinicians engage in a minimum number of hours of supervision and professional development per year as outlined in the Academy’s Professional Code of Conduct for Registered Art & Play Clinicians.  Clinicians are required to submit their professional supervision and professional development logs on an annual basis which are subsequently reviewed by the Academy’s Advisory Committee for approval.

5. Where do Registered Art and Play Clinicians work?

Registered Art and Play Clinicians work in any number of counselling settings in Australia including government departments, non-government agencies and private practice.  For details of Registered Clinicians in your area, please contact the Academy.

6. What is the difference between a Registered Art and Play Clinician and an “art therapist” or “play therapist”?

i) The main difference is that Registered Art and Play Clinicians are required to hold registration or membership with an Australian clinical counselling board or association (see section 2 above) and are required to work in a confidential counselling setting.

ii) Registered Art and Play Clinicians have all completed Australian Nationally Recognised Training which is delivered in the Australian Vocational Education & Training sector to meet Australian clinical standards (see Nationally Accredited Training).

iii) Registered Art and Play Clinicians are trained in combining both art therapy and play therapy mediums and modalities with a specific emphasis in using the techniques and approaches to address issues outlined in the client’s counselling or treatment plan.  The client counselling plan goals are reviewed and evaluated on a regular basis (approximately every 6- 10 sessions) and clients and/or relevant parties are actively involved in the review process.

iv) Registered Art and Play Clinicians are trained to use a diverse array of art and play applications with a variety of theoretical models and approaches. A need-focused approach is adopted which focuses on matching and tailoring art and play techniques and models of practice to individual client needs rather than using one dominant model or approach with all clients.

v) Registered Art and Play Clinicians are trained to work with clients of all ages - preschool and primary school aged children, adolescents and adults.

vi) Registered Art and Play Clinicians who are also registered with Medicare Australia have been trained in applying art and play interventions in conjunction with approved Medicare models of intervention such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psycho-Education, Interpersonal Therapy, Skills Training and Narrative Therapy.

vii) Registered Art and Play Clinicians are trained to respond to Australian legal proceedings such as subpoenas for production of client files and subpoenas to give evidence in court.

viii) Registered Art and Play Clinicians are trained to appraise and conduct evidence based qualitative and quantitative research in both art therapy and play therapy interventions. As part of completing the Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy, all graduates are required to conduct and present a research project which is peer reviewed and may be submitted for publication in the Academy's Australian Journal of Art & Play Therapy™.

 

ACADEMY BOOKSHOP

The Academy stocks a range of books and texts on art therapy and play therapy as well as books on other related disciplines. The Academy is also able to obtain books that are not listed on the Order Form (as long as they are still in print). The Academy Bookshop Order Form outlines a list of the most popular titles.  To down load the Order Form please click on the following:bookshop%20order%20form  To complete the form, simply save the pdf to your computer first.