Creative Expression Centre for Arts Therapy (CECAT)

CECAT’s programs are aimed at promoting the mental health and recovery of young people and adults diagnosed with a mental illness through the use of arts therapy interventions and art instruction.

Who is eligible?

  • Clients must be aged between 16 and 65 with a primary mental health diagnosis and be motivated to engage in arts therapy for their recovery.
  • Clients must be safe to work in an open social setting alongside others.
  • They must also be able to handle equipment and other materials safely with minimal supervision. Structured arts therapy groups and individual arts therapy sessions are available depending on the client’s suitability and needs.
  • Clients should be independent in their self-care.
  • Clients do not need any formal art experience.

Who is not suitable?

  • Clients who pose a high safety risk or are aggressive and unable to share working space with others in a studio setting.
  • Clients who are living with a persistent and severe mental illness requiring long-term support. These clients are better suited to Reflections Art Studio, which is affiliated with CECAT.
  • Clients with secondary, moderate to severe developmental or pervasive/learning disorders, brain injury or other organic disorders.
  • Clients dependent upon assistance with self-care or mobility, unless they have a support person who can attend with them onsite.


Referrals to CECAT are accepted from mental health professionals and GPs who case manage their client. The CECAT form consists of:

  • CECAT referral form
  • Brief Risk Assessment form
  • CECAT care-coordination agreement with case managers.

All 3 forms must be completed.

Referrals can be posted to:
Creative Expression Centre for Arts Therapy,
Private Bag 1, Post Office Claremont WA 6910

Or faxed to: 9347 6692

The referral process

  • Referrals must include both the referral form (including Brief Risk Assessment) and the Care Co-ordination Agreement. Referrals are not accepted without all forms completed.
  • Referrals are accepted from mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and GPs. Public and private clients are accepted. Services are free.
  • A client must have continued case management within the community to participate at CECAT. CECAT staff regularly liaise with case managers and expect that case managers will keep them informed of changes to their client’s management plan or circumstances.
  • Once referred, the client is given an initial appointment and orientation to CECAT. If accepted, they are assigned a key worker (art therapist) at CECAT, who works with them to create an individual art therapy plan and undertake 3 monthly reviews with the client to assess progress over time. Clients may attend other services while at CECAT. Re-referral at a future date is possible if a client can benefit from the program to further their recovery.
  • Inpatients on open mental health wards at Graylands Hospital may be referred and assessed for suitability while still in hospital. While on an open ward they may
  • attend CECAT, if clinically appropriate, with the support of their treating team. The same referral form is used for all people wishing to attend.

Referrals for Central Institute of Technology course at CECAT

A client must spend at least 6 months attending CECAT prior to assessing their suitability for our Certificate III in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft. Fees apply.

More information

Creative Expression Centre for Arts Therapy

Opening hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Phone: 9347 6687 or 9347 6688

Fax: 9347 6692

Graylands Campus
Brockway Road
Mount Claremont 6010

Postal address:
Private bag 1
Post Office Claremont
6910 WA

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Creative Expression Centre for Arts Therapy (CECAT)