colleges and CAT groups 

ANZACATA is launching a member-led College structure. The development of the Colleges will be gradual and led by members’ interests. The Colleges will be broad in their scope and might be based on: 

  • a large region (for example a country or state)
  • a creative modality
  • or a particular area of professional interest. 

Within the College structure will be smaller CAT (Creative Arts Therapists) Groups which may be a sub-group of a College; or operate as a stand-alone group. Each College will be autonomous and will elect a Leadership Group. A representative of that Group will be invited to sit on the Advisory Group that liaises with the Board. 

Pre-existing ACATA CATs groups and ANZATA Regional Groups created opportunities for members to meet for professional development, peer support, supervision and mentorship. Under our new company these groups are now called Creative Arts Therapists Groups (‘CAT Groups’) and will continue to provide ANZACATA members the same opportunities.

Previously, these self-autonomous groups were listed on the ANZATA/ACATA websites, and ANZATA Regional Groups were also able to receive funding for their activities/events. ANZACATA is currently developing policies to support pre-existing ACATA and ANZATA Groups to blend into the new CAT Group structure. It has been our intention that pre-existing Regional Groups will be eligible to apply for funding for their activities and events, and eventually, that funding will be also available for new CAT Groups to establish. 

ANZACATA created the model of Colleges within its company structure to bring together members with shared interest to have a voice through a Leadership Group to the board. These are distinct and separate to CAT Groups.

Members of all levels can join Colleges and CAT Groups, and will be able to belong to multiple Colleges and/or CAT Groups. 

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