School Arts Therapy Program

The Mates4Mates School Arts Therapy Program provides meaningful and creative group-based sessions for young people of current and ex-serving Defence Force members.

What is Arts Therapy?

Arts Therapy is a nurturing way for young people to connect in a safe and fun therapeutic setting, to increase their self-awareness and overall wellbeing through creative activities. The program may help improve communication skills and coping strategies for young people who find it difficult to talk about their feelings due to developmental, cognitive, or other barriers/conditions.

Other benefits for young people may include:

  • Increased self-awareness and overall wellbeing
  • Development of new skills
  • Increased connection to self-identity through creative arts-making processes
  • Development of social connections and opportunities for shared understanding and learning within a group context
  • Improved communication skills and coping strategies as a result of managing challenging content that may arise during the program
  • Embracing their own unique experiences while exploring what it means to be a child of service men and women in Australia

Arts Therapy is an evidence-based allied health practice which can complement other support services already being received by children.

Who is Mates4Mates?

Mates4Mates is one of Australia’s leading veteran charities, actively changing the lives of current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families impacted by service.

Mates4Mates provides a way forward for those experiencing service-related physical injuries, mental health issues, and isolation. From psychological and physical rehabilitation services to wellbeing programs and social connection activities – our services are proven to make a real difference.

Throughout the year, the Arts Therapy Program for Children is run at different schools each term, however, one-on-one Arts Therapy appointments are available for children, teenagers, and adults at the Mates4Mates Brisbane Family Recovery Centre in Milton. To make an appointment, please call 1300 4 MATES (62 837).

Upcoming Programs

Everton Park State High School

The program will be held during school hours, from 9:00am to 10:00am, every Tuesday starting 16 May to 20 June. It will be run by Papernook Arts Therapy and Wellness’ qualified practitioner, Jasmine Wright.

To participate in the program, parents or care givers must be registered with Mates4Mates. 

Submit your expression of interest below.

Expressions of interest close Friday, 14 April 2023, however, expressions of interest may close sooner if a large volume of applications are received. It is therefore recommended that expressions of interest are submitted as soon as possible.

Places in the program are dependent on meeting the selection criteria. Please note submitting an expression of interest does not automatically qualify an applicant for the next step in the selection process for this program.

Places in the program are available to young people with parents or care givers registered with Mates4Mates.

Submit your expression of interest

Please complete the first part of this form as the young person's parent or guardian, providing your best contact details.

If you selected no in the above question because you are not an inducted Mates4Mates member and would like to take part, simply complete your Mates4Mates application online and our team will be in touch soon. Please don’t complete a new Mates4Mates application if you are already a Mate.

Please complete this second part of the form, providing the young persons details wishing to attend our School Arts Therapy program.