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Asian Art Therapy Alliances


Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ACATA)

The Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ACATA) was established by a group of professionals comprising lecturers, counsellors and Mental Health Allied Profession from Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippine & Myanmar during the first South-East Asian Art Therapy conference in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2015. The presence of Dr Jo Kelly as President of the Australian-New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA), with Mr Ronald PMH Lay, Programme Leader, MA Art Therapy, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore & few western Art Therapists, supports the transformation of professional art therapy that are relatively new in Southeast Asia.

ACATA – Malaysia Regional was launched officially cooperated with Department of Education Melaka, at Sandy Hotel, Melaka, in 2017 with the aims are to create and raise awareness, promote, educate, train and expand a more contemporary practices of creative arts and play therapy in Malaysia.


The vision of ACATA: Learning and thinking globally, practicing and working locally in creative way. These visions are to establish creative arts and play therapy skills and knowledge transferred to practitioners, researchers and allied professional who are supporting creative practices within a variety of avenue and pathway.

Asian Art Therapy Alliances then was extended to move forward in an effort to expand the field of art therapy through collaboration between universities/academic and practices institutions via joint research, publications, training, workshops and conferences. The first joint event, International Counselling Seminar 2019 (ICONS 2019) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia hosted by Ministry of Education Malaysia & Universiti Utara Malaysia, marked the strong supports among ACATA`s pioneers to promote the therapeutic power of creative arts in many different ways. This seminar, which was attended by more than 500 counselling teachers across Malaysia, revealed various techniques and activities in creative arts & play therapy that can be applied in schools, with children and young people.

Asian Art Therapy Alliances also collaborate for research and publication with regular face to face meeting in Kuala Lumpur, or virtual discussion when needed.

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