CATA placement students experience first-hand what it is like to work in the Creative Arts Therapy industry.

CATA values placement student contributions and actively seeks to work with passion points alongside placement requirements. As a placement student you are supported by CATA’s placement supervisor, an experienced Art Psychotherapist.

As a placement student with CATA you will experience 1 full day a week – this will include:

  • Practical: 1-on-1 and group therapy, face-to-face and online 
  • Working in a variety of settings; aged care, disability, schools 
  • Putting theory into practice 
  • Peer and therapist support and supervision 
  • Opportunities to meaningfully contribute to creative projects, programs and sessions 
  • A creative, collaborative space 
  • Opportunities to develop passion projects and showcase individual skillset 
  • Valued as a member of the team – a sense of community and belonging  
  • Inclusive, welcoming, friendly and supportive work space 
  • Variety of art materials, tools and multimodal offerings; percussion instruments, puppets, yoga mats, eco-friendly materials etc. 
  • Passionate, knowledgeable, experienced, energetic therapists and staff 


Must haves:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited Master in Creative Arts Therapy
  • Valid Working with Children Check
  • Victorian Police Check


For further information, please fill out the form below.


Formal applications should be submitted via email and attaching your resume and a statement on ‘Why CATA’

My placement with the team at Creative Art Therapy Australia allowed me to put theory into practice, to grow and develop as an art therapist with new ideas, confidence in my own abilities and learning to trust my own intuitive style. CATA's principal Art Therapist brings so much energy and passion into her role when supporting others.
- IKON 3rd year student

My student placement with CATA with at a children's hospice gave me a wonderful opportunity to work directly with chronically ill and disabled children and their siblings. I received much guidance and support from CATA's principal Art Therapist, as well as encouragement and space to bring my own creative ideas to the children.
- MIECAT Masters student
CATA's Student Clinic Initiative

In order to give our students more experience in facilitating Arts Therapy sessions, CATA offers a student clinic under the supervision and guidance of CATA's principal Art Therapist & Art Therapy Supervisor.

Delivered either face-to-face or online, giving placement students an opportunity to plan and facilitate their own sessions and fine-tune their therapeutic skills. It is also an opportunity for the public to try Arts Therapy at a reduced cost.

Proceeds from these sessions are used to help fund CATA's ongoing mental health support programs.

COST:  $35.00 per person / per session


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