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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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COURSES

In this section:

1. NATIONALLY ACCREDITED TRAINING

i)  What is Nationally Accredited training?

ii) Advantages of VET Sector Training & Qualifications

iii) Course Quality

2. GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ART & PLAY APPLICATIONS IN THERAPY

i) Key Definitions

ii) Target Audience

3. ENTRY CRITERIA

i) Membership or Registration with Relevant Clinical Board/Association

ii) Counselling Employment

iii) Professional Supervisor Reference

iv) Attendance at Compulsory Prep Workshop + Information Session

4. DELIVERY & SCHEDULE

5. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

6. AUSTRALIAN REGISTER OF ART & PLAY CLINICIANS™


1. NATIONALLY ACCREDITED TRAINING

The Academy's Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy (10393NAT) is an officially accredited course and listed as a nationally recognised qualification. The course is the first and only qualification of its kind in Australia.  It is the only accredited course utilising both art therapy and play therapy modalities and the only course of its kind specifically tailored for clinicians working in a counselling setting. The course sits at the highest qualification level in the Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector.

               


i) What is Nationally Accredited Training?

Accreditation shows that a course meets national Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) standards and leads to a nationally recognised Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification. The AQF defines all nationally recognised qualifications and provides a single framework for all qualifications from Senior Secondary Certification to Doctoral Degree.



Training organisations must meet AQTF standards in order to become registered. Only registered training organisations (RTOs) can issue AQF qualifications and deliver accredited training and assessment. For more information about the AQF Register, please visit their website page on the AQF Register of AQF Qualifications and Authorised Issuing Organisations.

ii) Advantages of VET Sector Training & Qualifications

Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector training is industry-focused in that it focuses specifically on developing skills for the workplace -  essentially, it is where "theory meets practice." As such, the Academy's Graduate Diploma course has been developed and designed to meet the specific and changing needs of the Australian counselling industry. This includes recent changes to Commonwealth government legislation and policies (eg: Medicare, Child-inclusive Practice policies, the Australian Family Law Reform Act); changes to state government service provision (eg: DoCS' Brighter Futures Early Intervention Programs); and changes to the client demographic (eg: refugee and asylum seekers).  

iii) Course Quality

Registered training organisations (RTOs) are recognised as providers of quality assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications. Only RTOs can:

  • Deliver nationally recognised courses and qualifications
  • Apply for Australian, state and territory government funding
  • Create new accredited courses in response to specific demands

All RTOs must operate in accordance with the AQTF Essential Standards for Registration. As an RTO, the Academy is required to comply with AQFT standards by regularly reviewing key practices and components of its course such as supervision, course work and assessment tasks.  This is done via regular consultation with industry stakeholders in the form of focus groups, Advisory Committees, student evaluations, and internal and external audits.  Also, as an RTO, all the Academy's training and assessment staff are required to be Qualified Trainers & Assessors (ie: hold a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment).

Please Note: A training organisation that is not registered with the AQF may offer training but cannot issue nationally recognised qualifications. Non-registered training organisations do however frequently advertise that they offer "Certificate", “Diploma” or “Advanced Diploma” courses and/or describe their courses are "post-graduate" courses. Some training organisations also use the word “accredited” to imply accreditation with an association. This is not the same as being accredited with the AQF. Use of many of these terms can be misleading if the courses advertised are not accredited in Australia with the AQF, if the organisation is a not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, and if the course is not nationally recognised by the AQF. Unfortunately, there is currently no legislation that prevents the use of this type of misleading advertising of courses. For more information about quality training see the Office of Fair Trading’s Education and Training  page or The Australian Skills Quality Authority.

2. GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ART & PLAY APPLICATIONS IN THERAPY

i) Key Definitions

The terms “art therapy” and “play therapy” are used by different professions to mean different things. The Academy’s defines “art and play therapy” as the systematic use of any art or play medium by a qualified counselling clinician to achieve specific client treatment and/or assessment goals.

In relation to “art therapy”, the Academy does not place an emphasis on being skilled in fine arts.  As outlined in the above definition, the Academy’s emphasis is on being a counselling clinician rather than being an artist.  The course does involve some technical training in the use of various art mediums and some of the training is conducted by experienced fine artist however the training is tailored especially for “non-artists” and conducted in non-threatening, relaxed atmosphere.

In relation to “play therapy”, both directive and non-directive (child-centred) play therapy modalities are included in the definition.  The Academy places techniques such as sand play therapy, image cards, symbols and transient object work under the broad definition of “directive play therapy.”

ii) Target Audience

The target audience for the Academy's nationally accredited Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in  Therapy is clinicians (either psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, mental health occupational therapists or psychiatrists) who are in full or part-time employment in Australia and have an active counselling case load. The course aims to provide students with specialist skills in using art and play therapy techniques in a counselling setting.

3. ENTRY CRITERIA

Entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy involve the applicant meeting 4 main entry criteria.

i) Membership or Registration with Relevant Clinical Board/Association

Evidence of registration or membership with of one of the following professional boards/associations:

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

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ii) Counselling Employment

To enable development of skills in a range of contexts, and to allow professional supervision to take place, each student is required to be in part-time or full-time employment as a counsellor/therapist which enables them to conduct a minimum of 10 hours of art and play applications in therapy each week.

The application of art and play mediums and techniques must be practised in the context of a counselling relationship in an appropriate counselling setting.

and

iii) Professional Supervisor Reference

A written professional reference from a professional supervisor (internal or external supervisor) confirming the applicant’s weekly client counselling contact hours, supervision hours and their suitability for admission into the course. “Professional supervisor” is defined as a qualified clinician who provides managerial and/or professional consultation regarding the counsellor’s work with clients in a counselling setting.

and

iv) Attendance at Compulsory Prep Workshop + Information Session

It is compulsory for prospective students to attend the prep workshop and information session on the course. These are held before each course intake.

For further information about the Graduate Diploma (including course units, course structure and cost) please contact the Academy.

4. DELIVERY & SCHEDULE

The course is delivered over 3 semesters (60 weeks). The 4 main components of the Graduate Diploma are:


1. Course work (face-to-face and distance education)
2. Workplace hours
3. Supervision (individual & group)
4. Assessment Tasks

The course work component is delivered at the Academyʼs venue in Strathfield (Sydney) with the exception of a few of the course work days which take place at art studios or guest speaker's work place located in the Sydney metro area. The group supervision component is delivered at the Academyʼs venue in Sydney on the day before the course work block commences. The individual supervision component is delivered at the studentʼs work place, Academyʼs venue, or via skype.

The course work training blocks take place every few months and are delivered via a combination of face-to-face training in a workshop-style format (comprising of small groups) as well as via distance education. For students travelling from interstate, there is a range of accommodation options within walking distance of the training venue.

For more details about the course delivery & schedule please contact the Academy.

5. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Attendance in the course may be used to meet continuing professional development criteria/requirements for membership with the above boards and associations as well as clinical bodies such as The Australian Psychological Society (APS). The supervision component of the course also meets the requirements of professional supervision required to maintain membership with professional bodies such as the APS, AASW, ACA and PACFA.

6. AUSTRALIAN REGISTER OF ART & PLAY CLINICIANS™

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy will be eligible to apply to be placed on the Academy's Register of Art and Play Clinicians (for more information see services).