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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 Owner and Clinical Director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She is a registered counselling psychologist and play therapist and 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. 

 

 

 

 


 

        

Kim Billington

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

 

Kim is a registered supervisor and counsellor registered as a clinical supervisor with PACFA and ACA. Kim is passionate about training and supervision and is the author of two books for practitioners: A Counsellor’s Companion, for those working with children, and Counselling Conversations for those working with adult clients.

 

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 to support healing and identity growth.

 

As a dynamic course facilitator, Kim has been running training programs including, Playful Narrative Therapy since 2013 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 supervision.

 

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

     

 


 

        

Katerina Bolshakova

 

Katerina has a Master degree in psychology and is a teacher of psychological disciplines and a practicing psychologist in the Ukraine. She is an art therapist, trauma therapist and developer of methods for psychodiagnostic research into the art of painting on stones and the use of these skills in therapeutic activities.

 

For the past 3 years, Katerina has been focused on the development and implementation of expressive therapy techniques with painted stones in various types of therapy. In her private practice, she uses her hand painted stones in expressive therapy work appreciating that this allows client to interact directly with objects from nature.

 

Her background as an artist, led Katerina into hand painting beautiful expressions on small pieces of Greek marble. She now has a thriving practice selling these evocative images on stones to an appreciative expressive therapies community internationally.

 

 

 

 


 

        

Dr Robert Grant

Dr. Robert Jason Grant 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. Dr. Grant specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with autistic children, neurodivergent children, and those diagnosed with ADHD and other developmental disorders. He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles:

Dr. Grant is a founding board member for the non-profit organization Stars for Autism. He is currently serving on the board of directors (president elect) for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). Dr. Grant is also a Certified Behavioral Life Coach through the PeopleKeys® program and provides life coaching, consultations, and play therapy supervision services. He is also a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist providing therapy and coaching through tele processes. 

 

 

 

 


 

        

 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’.

 

 

 

 


 

        

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

PhD, LMHC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master

 

Jodi Ann Mullen has been a Mental Health Counselor and Play Therapist for over 25 years. She is a professor at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she coordinates the 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).

 

 

 

 


 

        

Ann Soo Lawrence

Social Worker, Creative Arts Therapist, Artist

Ann Soo Lawrence lives in Melbourne and is in private practice as a social worker and creative arts therapist. She is also a practising artist who finds something new to draw every day for self-care, fun and mindfulness.

After a career in clinical social work for over twenty-five years (specialising in counselling and mental health), Ann wanted to explore new ways for clients to express themselves beyond words. She began to use felting in her therapeutic work with teenagers for self- awareness and self-expression. This interest sparked Ann to join an art therapy group and then further study with IKON in Art Therapy (2017).

Of particular interest to Ann is working in a trauma informed way using creative modalities. These include embodied practices, music, writing, use of story-telling and art making for healing and recovery.

Holding space and working alongside survivors of torture and trauma has been a humbling and important learning experience in the last four years for Ann. It has challenged and stretched her practice and emphasised the importance of client centred work by creating temenos and openness to what emerges and working in innovative and experimental ways. Working on Zoom has also carved out new opportunities and skills.

Ann is an active member of the AASW and HTA.

 

 

 

 


 

        

Beate Steller

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

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor, M.A.P.S., M.Ed. (Adult Ed), BSW (Hon)

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.

 

 

 

 


Introducing the Admin Team

 


 
     

 

Natasha Tzikos

Natasha has a strong passion for writing, has a background in Media, Communications and Events, and has worked in the health sector for the past three years.

Outside of work, Natasha enjoys reading and being in nature. She looks forward to working with you all at Sydney Centre for Creative Change.  

 

Interested in joining our Training Team?

WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR

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.

 

CORE CRITERIA FOR WORKSHOP FACILITATORS  

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.

 

info@sydneycentreforcreativechange.com.au

 

Thanks again for your interest in training with us.

Sydney Centre for Creative Change Terms & Conditions

Sydney Centre for Creative Change (SCCC) is an independent training organisation and is not affiliated with any professional associations or organisations other than those stated on each individual workshop or training event.

SCCC makes no representation that our workshops and training events are affiliated with any accreditation bodies, associations and/or organisations, unless explicitly stated for a specific event.

These workshops are designed to complement your clinical practice. Your choice to use techniques or procedures learnt at a SCCC event are solely at your discretion and SCCC makes no claim as to your competence or proficiency in delivering such services. SCCC accepts no responsibility for the clinical application of any techniques or procedures learnt at any of our workshops or training events.

Bookings and Registration

Workshop places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis. A person is not registered for this workshop until the completed registration is received and workshop payment has been processed.

Applications will be processed according to the advertised cost & conditions. Tax receipts will be made out to the applicant unless otherwise stated. The applicant is responsible for supplying clear and correct information; any changes or additional contact by SCCC may incur an administration fee.

Limited Access to Interactive Events

Only those registered for events will be permitted access. To optimise active, participative learning and ensure group safety, entry to live online interactive workshops and events will be closed 20 minutes after advertised start times. For events that run over a number of days, attendance is required on all occasions (unless, under exceptional circumstances, exemption has been negotiated with SCCC at least 7 days prior to event). 

These are live only events and no recordings will be available.

Certificates of Attendance

SCCC provides a Certificate of Attendance for each webinar/workshop. Toward the end of each online training event there will be a quiz delivered by the presenter. Those attending the duration of training and scoring 80% or more on the quiz, will be emailed a link following the training that allows the production of a Certificate of Attendance. Attendees are responsible for correctly indicating the details of training. These Certificates are purely to indicate that you attended the workshop and don’t make any claim as to your individual competency in the clinical application of any techniques or interventions.

Attendance at SCCC workshops does not confer any professional qualification or accreditation, unless otherwise specifically stated.

Transfer of Registration

You may transfer your registration to another attendee OR to another event date within 7 days of the event start date. Notification of a transfer including the transferee’s full name and email address must be received in writing within this time frame.

Cancellation & Refunds Policy

Should you wish to cancel your registration, a charge of $99 (inc GST) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least 30 days prior to the event start date.

No refunds can be offered under any circumstances for cancellations made within 30 days of the event start date.

Cancellation of an Event by SCCC

In the event SCCC needs to cancel the workshop, then a full refund will be made of any registration fee paid by an attendee. SCCC will not be responsible for any cost other than any payment made by you for workshop registration.

Change to Event

SCCC reserves the right to make any changes to any events, programs or workshops without notice. This includes changes to the scheduled date of the event as well as the substitution of an alternative presenter if the advertised presenter is not available. In the event that a workshop presenter is unable to complete a SCCC workshop, then SCCC reserves the right to substitute another experienced presenter to complete the training.

Our Workshops: Disclaimer

All views, opinions and comments expressed by a Presenter at a SCCC workshop or training event do not reflect the official position, policy or beliefs of SCCC and its employees. Any such views, opinions and comments are solely those of the Presenter alone.

SCCC workshops are defined as a meeting at which a group of people engage in activity on a particular subject or project with the intention of gaining knowledge, skills, support or techniques. SCCC workshop delivery can include but are not limited to; demonstrations, session recordings, audience questions, practice exercises, lecture, video presentations, discussion and experiential demonstrations. Each SCCC workshop is unique with content and presentation primarily determined by the presenter. Should you require further details on a particular workshop please feel free to contact us.

SCCC workshops are primarily intended for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers. SCCC workshops are also open to the public with an interest in the subject matter. Workshops are not an opportunity for case consultation, therapeutic treatment or mental health care.

Video/Audio Taping and Photography Policy

The Audio / Video recording and taking of photos (including camera phones) at SCCC professional development events is strictly prohibited.

SCCC reserves the right to take photographs and record video and/or audio at our events for future promotional and archival use after explicit notification of this. If you do not wish to be included in any such material, please advise SCCC prior to the event and we will ensure to the best of our ability to not capture or publicly display any such media containing anything that would identify you.

Copyright

All content from workshops is the property of the presenters and suppliers and is protected by international copyright laws. This includes but is not limited to the presentations.

Information provided in workshops is for personal use only and may not be sold or otherwise distributed. Users may download material from this website for their personal, non-commercial use only, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices are kept intact. Learning materials and processes are designed for participants only and not to be used to train others. No recording of online live training content is permitted. Materials are protected by Australian and international copyright and trademark laws.

Professional Conduct

Event participants must comply with relevant professional standards in their contributions to online discussions, chats and forums.

Privacy Statement

SCCC is committed to protecting privacy and the confidentiality and security of the personal information provided to it. Any personal information provided to SCCC in the course of applying for or completing courses will be used to process course registration and issue Certificates of Attendance.

Pursuant to its contractual obligations with the National E-Health Transition Authority, SCCC may be required to provide access to personal information to the Commonwealth Auditor General, the Privacy Commissioner, the Ombudsman or a delegate of the National E-Health Transition Authority.

SCCC may also be required to disclose your personal information to our professional advisers, including auditors.

Applicants may access their personal information held by the SCCC, subject to the exceptions in the Privacy Act 1988, and to correct any information which is incorrect. Please contact SCCC with any such request.

 

 

 

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