Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa was formed in late 1995 as an umbrella organisation for registered practitioners (ANZATA NZAC NZAP NZPsS) and non-registered others, who are interested to use creative therapies in education, rehabilitation, health and social care, counselling and psychotherapy.
CTAA has four main aims :
- To promote the use of Creative Therapies in New Zealand.
- To bring creative therapists and other people, who are interested in the expressive arts therapies together, to provide professional development opportunities and collegial support.
- To establish a co-operative professional group to provide further training opportunities.
- To continue to work together to develop professional standards for an ethical clinical praxis.
What is Creative Therapy ?
The creative therapies include music therapy, dramatherapy, psychodrama, art psychotherapy, dance therapy, and the expressive arts therapy modalities.
The creative therapies provide a working process for at least the following three integral relationships. “These are, ‘the whole person’, the person as the individual or self, the person and the whole, a creative ongoing developmental process, and the therapeutic processes of the client and the therapist-in-role” (Brogden 2017).
The creative therapies can be a highly effective therapeutic approach with which to consider treatment for :
- physical and learning difficulties
- environmental pressures
- life transitions
- self esteem
- aspects of spirituality
- self image
- mastering personal crisis
- family issues
- developmental challenges
- physical and emotional trauma
- resolving grief
- death and the dying process
- development of other social skills
- mental illness
- addiction imbalances
- other issues that may not yet be identified
The creative therapies help the participants to give form to their personal needs. A creative therapy process actively engages these needs, to explore feelings and thoughts that may underly a conscious or unconscious behaviour.
The arts therapist provides psychological safety, while helping the participants to explore a life situation, using a wellness orientation. The expressive modalities may also be used to gain other perspectives, such as for personal development and self-discovery. And in the clinical context, for a process of assessment, diagnosis and formulation of treatment, and/or referral if required.