The Creative Arts Therapies Society (C.A.T.S)
The founding of C.A.T.S was driven by a strong desire for mutual support and sharing of ideas, as well as recognition of the need for recognition and representation of the Arts Therapies on a National level.
In 2005, three practising dramatherapists on the island collaborated with a music therapist to begin the ground work for the setting up of the organisation. Daniel Mercieca, Fiona Hornstein, Tyrone Grima and Rosetta DeBattista thus set the ball rolling with the most supportive assistance of occupational therapist Joe Busuttil. The first AGM was held in May 2008, and registration as a Voluntary Organisation was approved in 2013.
As we move towards national recognition of the profession, our primary aim is to regulate the profession by becoming publicly recognised, offering full membership to qualified therapists, and offering a referral service. Our mission statement includes; providing information on the Arts Therapies, offering support to Arts Therapists, increasing awareness, and offering guidance to people that would be interested in training.
Since our launch we have represented Arts Therapists at a meeting of doctors and psychiatrists at a leading mental health hospital, led a forum at a nationwide conference on Arts in Health, organised a conference on arts therapies in education, held introductory workshops in different areas of arts therapies, published our newsletter ‘Felix’, and spoken to various establishments about C.A.T.S.
– Provide consultancy and advice regarding the contribution of the arts therapies in various local fields such as health, education, the caring professions, rehabilitation, special needs, forensic settings and more.
– Provide advice regarding training opportunities in the arts therapies abroad.
– Offer support to practising qualified arts therapists in Malta.
– Increase awareness of the arts therapies through the delivery of workshops, other training events, and publications.
– Maintain a register of full members of C.A.T.S. which is made available to potential employers and clients.
– Foster and maintain the highest possible standards of professional service offered by fully qualified arts therapists in Malta.