MA Disability (Art Therapy in Disability), GDip Creative Arts Therapy, GCert Neuroscience, BADrama, Cert IV Business Management, Cert IV TAE, Cert. Professional Counsellor, MasterCert Professional Supervision, ProfMACATA, VP ACATA.
Glenda Needs has been using the arts therapeutically for almost 20 years and completed her Post Graduate Arts Therapy training at RMIT. She has an extensive background in multimodal Arts Therapy, both with diverse client populations and in an educational role. Glenda has an academic and practical background in drama, art, neuroscience, disability, counselling, clinical supervision, paediatric psycho-social palliative care and art therapy. She worked for many years in her own busy Art Therapy practice, providing both private and organization funded consultations. Glenda also established the Art Therapy program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia and worked as the Head Art Therapist in Paediatric Palliative Care.
Glenda spent several years as the Head of Creative Therapies for IKON Institute of Australia, and in her semi retirement still regularly teaches. She also guest lectures at Flinders University and Tabor College. Glenda provides Professional Supervision for Counsellors and Art Therapists and maintains a small Art Psychotherapy client caseload. Glenda believes passionately in giving Arts Therapies a voice, and a place in wellbeing and mental health services across Australia. In an effort to bring about this awareness she also holds the position of Vice President for ACATA, the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association in a voluntary capacity, and continues to advocate for Arts Therapies in many environments.