CATA’s student clinics in creative arts therapies are a unique opportunity for aspiring therapists to gain hands-on experience in various modalities of therapy. These clinics provide a safe and supportive environment for students to practice their skills and receive feedback from experienced supervisors.  Placement students from tertiary institutions learning to become creative arts therapists require a minimum of 720 placement hours to qualify.  CATA nurtures placement students from Queensland University, Latrobe University, Melbourne University, MEICAT and IKON Institute.  CATA accepts ten placement students annually.


Creative arts therapies on offer with student clinics include a range of modalities such as visual art therapy, music therapy, dance | movement therapy and drama therapy.  Each modality offers a different approach to therapy, allowing students to explore various techniques.


In student clinics, participants may present with a range of mental health concerns, and students work closely with their supervisors to develop treatment plans and implement interventions that are tailored to each participant's unique needs.


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.



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