categories and requirements

A tiered structure of membership is available and all categories and their requirements are listed here. The tiered structure is based on Qualifications Authority levels. There are several pathways to professional registration as a creative arts therapist (this includes art therapy and other modalities such as dance/movement therapy and dramatherapy) with ANZACATA and these are detailed here. 

Note: A fee of $90 is payable before an application for Professional, Tier 4 – Provisional or Tiers 1–3 membership can be approved. This is a non-refundable processing fee only, and does not form part of the annual membership subscription, which is payable only after the application is approved. Trainee members (those graduating from an ANZACATA approved course and applying for Professional membership) are exempt from this application fee.

Professional

This category applies to individuals who are –

Professional Option A – Australian, New Zealand, Singaporean and Hong Kong Masters Graduates in Art or Arts Therapy from the following Universities: Edith Cowan University WA; La Trobe University VIC; Western Sydney University NSW; University of Queensland; Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand; LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore; The MIECAT Institute (MIECAT) VIC, and The University of Hong Kong. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.

OR

Professional Option B – Graduates from a course that is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) or the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) that reflects the ANZACATA training standards. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.

OR

Professional Option C – Those who hold an overseas equivalent qualification recognised by the Art Therapy Association in that country, who are active members of BAAT, CATA, AATA, are granted membership. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.

Professional members are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT). They are entitled to use the ANZACATA logo and post nominal, to vote, to be listed on the Find a Therapist directory on the website, and to have access to advertising and marketing opportunities. Professional members also must agree to be a guarantor (fixed at $10) of the company limited by guarantee. The guarantee amount is the total amount that each member may be required to contribute if the company is wound up and has insufficient assets to cover its debts.

PhD or Professional Doctorate students are expected to maintain their professional membership if they are researching in their field of practice ie, arts therapy. If their research is of a theoretical nature with no practice, they are still expected to maintain professional membership.

Tier 4 – Provisional

This category applies to individuals who are –

Provisional Option A – Graduates of art(s) therapy programmes at Masters level that ANZACATA has not previously approved for entry into professional level membership. These applicants need to demonstrate that they have worked in the field for a minimum of five years under supervision and are supported by two ANZACATA professional members as referees. Please see details below of the additional requirements which need to be fulfilled and which must strictly and solely be within the field of arts therapy. Documented evidence is essential for each additional requirement. Qualifications Authority Level 9.

OR

Provisional Option B – For graduates of specialised modality arts therapy training courses where there is NO Masters qualification available in Australia, Asia or New Zealand. Please see details below of the additional requirements which need to be fulfilled and which must strictly and solely be within the field of arts therapy. Documented evidence is essential for each additional requirement. Qualifications Authority Level 8.

OR

Provisional Option C – For Trainee members (enrolled in an ANZACATA approved masters level training programme) who have not been able to complete the full requirements for application to Professional level membership in the allocated one year of Trainee membership. The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation by the training institution. Qualifications Authority Level 9.

Option A – Application requirements (please attend to each criteria).

Demonstrated knowledge and experience over a minimum five-year practice period of:

  • Applied Clinical Theory Trainings/papers/degrees that provide exposure of practice with different populations and case material (reports/assessments/case notes/goals/evaluations).
  • Professional Practice Trainings/papers/degrees that address ethics, standards of practice, formulating job descriptions etc.
  • Studio Practices Trainings/papers/degrees that demonstrate critical reflection of applicant’s creative practice. Details of own arts practice, exhibitions, performances etc.
  • Theory Trainings/papers/degrees that inform clinical practice and include aspects of psychiatry, psychology, sociology, counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Research / Thesis Include your topic and length of thesis.
  • Personal Therapy Individual/group/modality/hours.
  • Clinical Placements and/or Experience in the Field Minimum of 750 hours supervised at a ratio of 10:1. To be supported by accompanying CV/resume.
  • Evidence of Five Years Supervised Practice This can include supervision notes, notes and records of arts therapy private practice, references from employers and supervisors etc.
  • Supervision Documented frequency and form (individual, group, peer) facilitated by an approved supervisor wherever possible.
  • References Please provide two recommendations from ANZACATA Professional Members attesting to the suitability of this applicant to belong to ANZACATA. These recommendations are from current registered ANZACATA members.

Provisional into Professional Membership for Options A and B

For members wishing to pathway into Professional membership after two years at Provisional level. They need to have attended to the application requirements (please attend to each criteria above), and demonstrated over a minimum two-year practice period:

  • Supervised practice, with 1-2 arts therapy supervisors who have completed the ANZACATA arts therapy supervision training.
  • Contributions to the field, for example, contributing to working parties of ANZACATA, journal articles, advocating for arts therapies in the community, (including voluntary contributions). To be supported by accompanying CV/resume.

Provisional into Professional Membership for Option C

These members can pathway into Professional membership when their institution and the Board are satisfied that they have completed all the requirements for Professional membership.

Provisional members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

The application for provisional membership is submitted to a group of ANZACATA Professional members to consider, approve or decline. Applicants may be asked by ANZACATA to fulfil additional requirements if a gap in knowledge or experience is identified, to comply with ANZACATA training standards.

Tier 3

This category applies to individuals who are have graduated with a creative arts therapy training programme that has been recognised by a Qualifications Authority at Level 8. Click here to to go to where you can check the your qualification status All applicants under this category must supply a certified copy of their art therapy qualification/s along with a letter from their training provider/s stating the training provider number, course code, qualification level and that the qualification was accredited by the qualification authority at the time of course completion.

Tier 3 members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

Tier 2

This category applies to individuals who are have graduated with a creative arts therapy training programme that has been recognised by a Qualifications Authority at Levels 6-7. Click here to to go to where you can check the your qualification status All applicants under this category must supply a certified copy of their art therapy qualification/s along with a letter from their training provider/s stating the training provider number, course code, qualification level and that the qualification was accredited by the qualification authority at the time of course completion.

Tier 2 members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

Tier 1

This category applies to individuals who are have graduated with a creative arts therapy training programme that has been recognised by a Qualifications Authority at Levels 1-5. Click here to to go to where you can check the your qualification status All applicants under this category must supply a certified copy of their art therapy qualification/s along with a letter from their training provider/s stating the training provider number, course code, qualification level and that the qualification was accredited by the qualification authority at the time of course completion.

Tier 1 members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

Non-Practising

This category applies to individuals who have been practising members and who need to suspend their practice due to personal circumstances, such as illness or care leave. This category could also apply to retired members who are no longer practising but wish to remain involved in the Association. Non-practising members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT). If you are a current Professional or Tier 1–3 member and would like to change your membership to Non-Practising, please email Sandy, our  Administrator.

Trainee

This category applies to individuals who are currently enrolled in the final year of their course in one of the institutions listed in Professional Option A and support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Membership requires a copy of their student card or some other form of identification such as enrolment form, or statement from the institution. Trainee  members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

Student

This category applies to individuals who are currently enrolled in a creative arts therapies course accredited by a Qualifications Authority and who support the purposes and objectives of the Association may become members. This requires a current statement or identification card from the particular institution confirming status. Student members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

Affiliate

This category applies to individuals who are interested in creative arts therapy, such as social workers, psychologists, counsellors, play therapists, occupational therapists, nurses or organisations, or students studying related fields, and who support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Affiliate members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT).

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