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Sydney Centre for Creative Change

is a leading provider of continuing professional development in creative therapies in Australia.

Sydney Centre for Creative Change

We are an Australian based training organisation providing you high quality experiential training and supervision. Small groups of mental health and counselling professionals and students receive specialised training in a range of creative therapies, including art therapy, play therapy, music therapy, storytelling therapy and drama therapy. Our short courses are suitable for clinicians working with clients from all ages and with a range of presenting issues. Most creative therapies are suitable for working with clients in both individual and group settings.  The evidence-based, experiential, skills-based training makes it highly suitable for Continuing Professional Development for psychologists, social workers, counsellors and other mental health care and case workers.SydneyCentreforCreat4.JPG - large

We are passionately committed to the principles of reflective and experiential learning in adult education.  We believe that people learn best when they:

  • Are ready and interested in learning
  • Can directly apply what they are learning
  • Are personally engaged
  • Are known
  • Have their learning styles understood and catered for
  • Feel safe and supported
  • Take sufficient opportunity to reflect
  • Are not being critically evaluated or judged
  • Have fun

What we stand for

Our mission is to ensure you get the best training possible in a stimulating, supportive environment. Our short courses reflect Sydney Centre for Creative Change's core capabilities and are designed to provide engaging, experiential learning of relevant theory and practical skill in creative therapies, designed and delivered by inspiring and experienced clinicians. I trust you will be personally and professionally well rewarded by joining our community.

We pride ourselves on educating and supporting competent, caring and ethical mental health care professionals and strive for equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice.




Introducing the Training Team



Jacki Short


Registered Counselling Psychologist and Supervisor, Masters in Adult Education, Registered Play Therapist and Play Therapy Supervisor  -  Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association

Jacki is the Clinical Director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She is a registered counselling psychologist and play therapy supervisor with over 25 years’ experience in counselling, supervision, group work and training. 


Her work in schools, hospitals, welfare organisations, drug and alcohol agencies and in private practice has inspired Jacki’s belief in the power of imagination, positivity, play and possibilities - especially in the face of challenge.


Passionate about supporting others to find creative ways to express, explore and resolve difficulties, Jacki loves sharing opportunities for connection and creativity. 







Tania Balil


MA CAT (MIECAT), GradDipMthy (UQ), BMus (CSMMBarcelona), Registered Music Therapist


Tania trained as a musician in Spain and as a music therapist and creative arts therapist in Australia. She has worked since 2005 in the fields of residential aged care (dementia and non-dementia) and childhood and adolescent trauma, in in-school creative arts programs with students of refugee and asylum-seeking background, as well as children at risk due to DV and complex trauma background. She has worked as a supervisor for over a decade in conjunction with UQ and in private practice.







Kim Billington


Masters in Counselling, Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Bachelors in Education


Kim is a registered supervisor and counsellor with qualifications recognised by PACFA and ACA. Kim is a member of the ACA College of Supervisors and is passionate about training and supervision. Committed to passing forward her ever-evolving counselling skills and knowledge, Kim aims to support and inspire counselling practitioners to develop their own unique creative skills and explore new ways to connect with their clients.


As a dynamic course facilitator, Kim has been running training programs including, Playful Narrative Therapy, for over 6 years for Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She has been facilitating groups and workshops for over 25 years.


Kim began her working life as a teacher in state and Steiner schools where she utilised the healing elements of storytelling to assist children in challenging situations. Committed to supporting the growth and development of others, Kim completed further studies including two masters’ degrees in counselling and in narrative therapy.


In addition to her teaching and training, Kim has broad and rich clinical experience that includes; co-facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change Programs, crisis and general telecounselling, child and family counselling, specialist family violence counselling, EAP brief therapy counselling, family bereavement counselling and individual and group clinical supervising.


Clinical methods that inform Kim’s therapeutic counselling and supervision include, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, CFT (compassion-focused therapy), ACT, Creative Expressive Arts, Existential Therapy and befriending emotions using metaphors and storytelling, Tree of Life work and creative timelines to understand the life-long emergence of identity.







Margie Braunstein 


Dip Som. Psych. Grad Cert Ad. Ed. PACFA Reg. Clinical 21630


Margie is a Clinical Psychotherapist in private practice and senior facilitator with the Quest for Life Foundation. She is the founder of Heartnicity, which provides transformational learning programs across Australia. Margie’s work springs from her commitment to her life purpose which is to teach with consciousness, compassion and gratitude.


As a group facilitator with over 25 years’ experience, Margie has facilitated thousands of people in their quest for wellbeing, peace and happiness through educational programs based on contemporary neuroscience, positive psychology and a holistic approach to mental health.


Margie values authenticity and engages her audiences with humour and warmth to inspire people to take charge of their own happiness using presence and conscious choice. She is inspired by the incredible human potential we possess to develop across our entire lifespan.


Margie's book Getting to the Heart of Stress is a practical guide to a joyful, conscious life that draws on her own life experience as a woman, partner, mother, friend, psychotherapist and educator.


Margie holds a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education (UTS) and Diploma in Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy (ACCSP) and is a Clinical Member of PACFA Australia.







Dr Robert Grant


Licensed Professional Counsellor, National Certified Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist. 

Robert Jason Grant, Ed. D, RPT-S is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D AutPlay Therapy Clinic. He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an ASD and neurodevelopmental disorders approach incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established ASD treatment approaches. 







 Dr Joanna Jaaniste

Registered Dramatherapist

Joanna has been a qualified dramatherapist for 27 years. She has experience with people with mental health issues, and worked in that area in the Therapy and Recovery Service at Liverpool/Fairfield mental health for 19 years. Her doctorate justifies the dramatherapy approach as improving the quality of life of people with dementia.

Joanna is passionate about the ability of this modality to help people to celebrate, grieve and to work creatively with any present issues around their diagnosis or their lives in the here and now. Surprisingly in her fieldwork with people with dementia for her thesis, there were examples where issues from long ago were also healed.

She follows the developmental model of dramatherapy, where care is taken to recognize the later life stages of most people with dementia. Instead of emphasizing the differences from those elderly people without dementia, she looks for the similarities – for example, forgetting words, being happy to sit quietly, feeling the presence of others (sometimes those who have died), and reflecting on the past. They have much to teach us.








Professor Sue Jennings PhD 

Anthropologist, therapist, performer, and author.

Professor Jennings is Senior Research Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham Distinguished Scholar, University of the Witwatersrand, Honorary Fellow of the University of Roehampton, and Professor of Play - awarded by the European Federation of Dramatherapy. She has been a pioneer of Dramatherapy and Play Therapy in the UK and overseas.

Professor Jennings' paradigm ‘embodiment-projection-role’ is integrated into education and therapy world-wide. Having worked as a clinician in psychiatry, forensic settings and special education, she has focussed her recent practice and research on early years development and developed ‘Neuro-Dramatic-Play’ as a basis for attachment and empathy.

She emphasises the importance of ‘play from conception’ for healthy emotional and social growth. Her doctoral fieldwork was with a tribal community in the Malaysian rain forest, which she believes underpins all her childhood theory and therapy. Sue is a prolific author with over fifty publications on theory and application to her name. She believes passionately in ‘playing for peace’ with a rule of ‘no guns in the playroom’.







Dr Jeanette Kennelly


Registered Music Therapist


Dr Jeanette Kennelly is a highly experienced health professional who has worked as a music therapist in paediatrics, adult oncology, tertiary education and private practice supervision for over 20 years. Jeanette completed her PhD on the topic of professional supervision for Australian-based music therapists and is a recipient of the 2013 Dean’s award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (UQ). Jeanette’s work in paediatrics and supervision is published in a variety of music therapy and non-music therapy-specific refereed journals and books.








Judy King


Registered Art Therapist


Judy is a registered art psychotherapist and practicing artist. She has also been a registered nurse for over thirty years working with trauma in varying capacities. Nurturing, health and art are her passions; Art therapy has given her the ability to combine these, marrying her nursing and creativity. Her therapeutic work has encompassed early intervention, at-risk adolescents in the school system, children’s palliative care, survivors of domestic violence and adults with mental health issues, chronic pain and palliative care.


Her clinical work forms the basis for three chapters Trans Generational Trauma and the Aboriginal Pre-school child. Healing through Intervention, Tracey, N. (Ed.) (2015) and has also been included in Art therapy in the early years: therapeutic interventions with infants, toddlers and their families, J. Meyerowitz-Katz, & D. Reddick. (2017)

She has worked independently in Uganda, Honduras, Bangladesh and Mexico bridging cultural, legal, secular and religious divides to initiate, execute and complete large public murals painted with children.

Judy works part-time as the Art therapist at Bear Cottage Paediatric Hospice, Sydney with children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. She also runs community-based art therapy workshops for seniors and has her own private practice.







Natalie Mackenzie


Masters in Dramatherapy, Registered Dramatherapist


Natalie has always been fascinated at how role-play, stories and drama have the power to foster creativity, imagination, learning, insight and personal growth. Having obtained her Masters degree in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University in London, UK, she is passionate about empowering children and their families to cope with life's challenges in creative ways.


A registered dramatherapist with ANZATA (Australia and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) and the British Association of Dramatherapists in the UK, Natalie has over 10 years' experience working with children who have experienced emotional trauma. She has worked in a therapeutic centre for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, grief and loss and is the founder of Playful Minds which provides individual and group dramatherapy programs to support children’s mental health.


Currently, she is working in Early Intervention Psychosis as well as with children whose parents are in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. She also provides individual and group dramatherapy programs to support anxiety, emotional regulation and social skills through her private practice. Her creative approach supports children and young people in dealing with life’s serious stuff.







Dr Jodi Mullen



Jodi Ann Mullen has been a Mental Health Counselor and Play Therapist for 25 years. She is a professor at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she coordinates the Mental Health Counseling Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. She is also the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in New York State. Dr. Mullen is an international speaker and author. She has authored several manuscripts on play therapy and counselling. Dr. Mullen navigates the world of child-rearing on her podcast Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of Andrew and Leah.







Susan Perrow

Masters in Education


Susan passionately believes 'stories know the way'! She has an extensive background in lecturing, consulting, writing and storytelling. Susan is based in Australia but travels internationally giving workshops and training seminars for teachers, counsellors and health professionals in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and China.


In 2000, Susan developed the first course on Storytelling for an Australian University (S.C.U.) and completed her Masters Research on Storytelling. She has received Australian Government funding to pilot creative courses and (storytelling) resources for children with challenging behaviour. Her work at a U.S. National Medical Conference - 'This Examined Life' - at Iowa University in 2013 was accredited by the AMA.


Susan writes, collects and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the storyteller and listener - a positive, imaginative way of helping resolve challenging situationsHer story work has led to the publication by Hawthorne Press, U.K. of three resource books, the first two in ten languages: Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour (2008), Therapeutic Storytelling - 101 Healing Stories for Children (2012) and, An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales for Children (2017). Today her time is spent writing, consulting with teachers, parents and therapists, and running seminars on therapeutic storytelling.  Listen to Susan's interview with Richard Fidler (ABC Radio - Conversations).







Beate Steller

Masters of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, Masters in Adult Education, Bachelors in Social Worker


Beate has always loved art, even as a small child, and nearly pursued a career in art when instead, she decided to do nursing and then social work. She kept dabbling in it until a decade ago when her mother died. She found herself naturally drawn back to art as a way to heal her loss and to come to terms with so many changes in her life. Now she uses art in her counselling work and with older people in aged care and palliative care.


Beate brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Spiritual Care Team Leader in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for organizations including the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the Professional Development People and Lifeline Sydney. In the last ten years, Beate has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling, transition counselling and applied mindfulness. She started her own inner work over three decades ago with Yoga and Vipassana and walked the Camino in Spain in 2015. She has been a board member of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009.


Beate has both graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. She continues to work with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate also holds professional membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers, the N. S. W. Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.






Interested in joining our Training Team?


Thank you for your interest in proposing a workshop for Sydney Centre for Creative Change. We are an Australian based training company committed to delivering high quality, skills-based, experiential training in creative therapies to mental health care professionals and students.


We are excited to be building a professional community of facilitators who can deliver high quality training in creative therapy. If you are an experienced and engaging workshop facilitator and you would like to join us, we would love to hear from you.



Excellence in professional development is an imperative and we welcome training facilitators who:

  • Uphold Sydney Centre for Creative Changes commitment to excellence in experiential education
  • Are friendly, professional and willing to share their expertise
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience in professional practice
  • Are engaging, enthusiastic and value professional community
  • Have experience in workshop facilitation
  • Hold  a current professional membership of a relevant association, society or registration board (implies insurance)

Please send me an email to receive our detailed application forms and we will respond to you shortly.


Thanks again for your interest in training with us.