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Creative Sustenance for Arts Therapists - initiated and facilitated by Sally Swain

How do we care for ourselves while caring for others, particularly in troubled times?

How might we stay connected to a sense of calm and safety? Can we contact courage and resilience?

In this program for arts therapists, you are invited to breathe out and tune in to where and how you are. You are gently guided to make use of art materials and journalling to bring forth your strategies for survival, strength and self-care.

This program is not specifically supervision, training or psychotherapy. It is more akin to a workshop, or a guided, intentional gathering.

The aim is to foster a safe, non-judgemental space for you to replenish yourself and connect with your own creativity in a community of like-arted others.

In each session, we will explore how creative self-care can enrich your clinical work, contributing to shaping a sustainable professional practice.

Practical Details

The program is to be offered online via the Zoom platform

It is open to ANZACATA members at all tiers of membership

Maximum of 10 participants in each series

ANZACATA endorses 6 CPD points for full participation in one series

You can book into either:

Monthly weekend morning series of three sessions
Saturdays 23rd May, 20th June, 18th July
10.15am till 12.30pm AEST
$120 per participant for the series

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monthly weekend series

Fortnightly weekday morning series of three sessions
Thursdays 28th May, 11th June, 25th June
10.15am till 12.30pm AEST
$120 per participant for the series

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forthnightly weekday series


Sally Swain

Painting Not Drowning, Dancing by Sally SwainSally has been running Art and Soul Creativity Coaching since 1993. She has facilitated creativity and arts therapy groups in contexts including Good Grief Café, Petrea King’s Quest for Life Centre and Sydney Local Health District Carers’ Program. She worked for seven years as an art therapist in residential aged care, initiating Leaf-by-Leaf collaborative art projects and pioneering an art therapy program for relatives of residents.

On a personal level, for several years, Sally undertook an unpaid caregiver role, intensifying the motivation to continually, consciously balance self-care with other-care.

Sally loves assisting individuals and groups to engage with creative self-care and also loves working with the arts therapist population.

She is excited to combine these two passions in an ANZACATA-supported program.

Sally has previously facilitated Draw and Pour mornings for arts therapists from a range of training backgrounds – much like an old-fashioned sewing circle, with a non-hierarchical structure and a chance for each person present to give voice to what matters.

In this Creative Sustenance program, Sally draws on trainings such as Focusing Oriented Art Therapy, Creativity Coaching, Psychodrama, Sandplay Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.


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