Kristy is qualified as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and as a Registered Art Therapist. Membership of the respective Professional Organisations is a way to demonstrate commitment to best practice and to the promotion of both Social Work and Art Therapy as professions.
Australian Association of Social Workers
Kristy has been eligible for member with the AASW since 2007 after qualifying from Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland. After extra training and work experience she is now qualified as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. This means that Kristy is able to provide some services that are partially funded by Medicare Australia. Accreditation in Mental Health is also a way to recognise that Social Work is a very broad field, and that Kristy has chosen to focus developing her expertise in promoting and facilitating excellence in mental health services.
The AASW has very comprehensive Code of Ethics and Practice Standards. AASW Members are required to fulfil Continuing Professional Development each year. This includes engaging in clinical practice supervision, developing skills and knowledge, professional identity, focused psychological strategies and general mental health practice. Kristy currently holds Advanced Accreditation with the AASW.
Kristy is the secretary for the AASW's Clinical and Mental Health Practice Group.
Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association
Kristy holds Professional Membership with ANZATA in recognition of her Master of Mental Health (Art Therapy) qualification from the University of Queensland. This is the international Professional Association for Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
This means that Kristy's work is guided by the ANZATA Standards of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics. it also means that Kristy has to complete extensive professional development each year to ensure that her practice is informed by the latest research.
Kristy is on of nine members of the governing committee for ANZATA. Kristy is also the current Chairperson of the ANZATA Disability Subcommittee. Of particular interest to the subcommittee is the opportunity for Art Therapists to become registered providers with the NDIS. The creation of online learning and engagement forums is also at the forefront of the work the sub-committee is working on.
Art Therapists in Schools Practice Group
In 2015 Kristy and a group of colleagues from other schools started a Practice Group. This group meets regularly to share skills and knowledge specifically about working as an Art Therapist in the school environment. The group has members who work in both primary schools and high schools. Most of the schools are public schools, but not all of them. Some of the Art therapist are employees of the school and others work on contracts.
If you work in a school and you would like to attend our next practice group meeting please email Kristy.