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ANZACATA Conference 2024

Our conference will be held at the Ibis Hotel, Melbourne, on the 15th and 16th November. Dr Dave Gussak (Florida State University) and Prof Rainbow Tin Hung Ho (University of Hong Kong) are confirmed as our special guest presenters.

Registrations open in August and more information will be available shortly.

Call for Abstracts close 31 July 2024


Ibis Hotel, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne Australia


Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2024

Optional workshops: These will run on Friday 15 November and include a 3-hour workshop on the application of Dadirri to arts therapy, a full day on Mandala making, and a 3-hour workshop on integrating neurodiversity practice. More workshops still to come!

Special Guest Presenters

Dr. Dave Gussak, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM

(Florida State University)

Dr Gussak is Professor for the Florida State University's Art Therapy Program and Project Coordinator for the FSU/FDC Art Therapy in Prisons program. He has presented and published extensively on forensic art therapy and art therapy in forensic settings, including Art on Trial: Art Therapy for Capital Murder Cases (2013), Art and Art Therapy with the Imprisoned: Re-Creating Identity (2019) and most recently, The Frenzied Dance of Art and Violence (2022). He is also the co-editor [with Dr. Marcia Rosal] of The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy (2016). He remains active in the American Art Therapy Association, and currently serves on the editorial board for Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and Arts In Psychotherapy along with other professional journals. Dr. Gussak has served the art therapy field and community in many capacities serving as chairperson, board or committee member for numerous professional and community organizations over the years.

Professor Ho T.H. Rainbow

(University of Hong Kong)

"Working on interdisciplinary research across the fields of arts, humanities, biomedical and social sciences is always my passion. My current research works focus on understanding the psychophysiological mechanisms and effects of psychosocial interventions for improving people's health and well-being. I am also interested in the social, humanistic and spiritual impacts of creative and expressive arts, physical activity, and traditional mind-body exercises in therapeutic and educational context for the betterment of human lives as well as serving as preventive strategy for mental and physical illnesses. My research works on developing biomarkers (salivary cortisol, telomerase, HRV etc.), and integrating expressive arts therapy and social work practices for diverse populations are recognized as highly original and cutting-edge in the areas of healthcare, psychology, social work and behavioural sciences.  My teaching and knowledge exchanges activities also build around the topics related to the sciences and arts of human services."

Call for Abstracts

All members of ANZACATA (including students) are invited to put forward proposals to speak at our conference on the afternoon of Saturday 15th November in Melbourne. Do you have an innovative idea to share? We invite presentations and contributions that mirror the vibrant tapestry of contemporary Creative Arts Therapy. Whether it's practice- based insights or ground breaking research, your voice matters.

  • Practice-based Presentations: Dive deep into real-world applications, sharing your innovative approaches and success stories based on best-practice techniques.
  • Research Papers: Present your findings, contributing to the expanding knowledge base of Creative Arts Therapy.

The deadline is July 31st. Please download the Call for Submissions which outlines the requirements and includes the link to where you will upload your abstract. No pdf attachments, just fill in the online form.

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