Doctor Catherine Camden-Pratt

Doctor Catherine Camden-Pratt

SPR/2H Casual Academic - Unit/Subject 102354/CART7004,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

Lecturer in Art Therapy,
Arts Therapy and Counselling


Dr Catherine Camden Pratt is a Lecturer in Art Therapy in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Catherine’s clinically-led teaching is informed by her private art therapy practice in which she works mainly with women, children and their families, and also facilitates art therapy groups for Cancer Wellness Support. As well as this, she draws on many years of working with creative arts in education, and in personal and social change. A long-time social ecologist with a focus on ecological thinking, feminism, poststructuralism and critical psychology as ways to open up questions of power and voice, Catherine locates art therapy performatively as a practice of social justice, and is passionate about making art as a way of knowing and of sharing stories for which there are no words. Catherine is a nationally-awarded experiential educator with over 35 years of experience in creative arts based teaching across a variety of contexts. Her teaching is student-centred and foregrounds critical creativity as a way to enable understandings about ideas of identities as shaped by society, culture and politics, and that are central to art therapy. Out of the shadows: daughters growing up with a ‘mad’ mother (Finch), Catherine’s 2006 sole-authored popular press book from her arts-based interdisciplinary PhD shares the stories of women growing up in families with a mother with a mental illness. In 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Social Ecology at Western, she co-edited the first social ecology text in Australia Social Ecology: Applying Ecological Understanding to our Lives and our Planet (Hawthorn Press). She has exhibited her mixed media artwork, as well as performed co-written research plays and alongside scholarly books and journals, is published in poetry and narrative anthologies. Catherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing narrative and poetry, making art and being in the bush.




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  • GradCertArtThe University of Western Sydney
  • PhD University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • MAppSc University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • DipTeach Sydney College of Advanced Education

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (2017 - 2017)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Arts Therapy and Counselling


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101303 Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups, 2017
  • 102354 Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications, 2017



  • Wright, D., Camden-Pratt, C. and Hill, S. (2011), 'Social Ecololgy: Applying ecological understanding to our lives and our planet', : Hawthorn Press 9781907359118.
  • Camden-Pratt, C. (2006), 'Out of the Shadows: daughters growing up with a 'mad' mother', : Finch Publishing 1876451734.

Chapters in Books

  • Camden-Pratt, C. (2011), 'Becoming with/in social ecology: Writing as practice in creative learning.', Social Ecology, Applying Ecological Understanding to our Lives and Our Planet, Hawthorn Press 9781907359118.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridgman, K., Camden-Pratt, C., Kaufman Hall, V. and Pinn, J. (2011), 'Playing creative edges : reflections from "Women Out to Lunch" 5 years on', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Davies, B., Gannon, S., Zabrodska, K., Bansel, P. and Camden-Pratt, C. (2009), 'Reflections on a day in the art class', Pedagogical encounters, Peter Lang 9781433108174.
  • Davies, B., Camden-Pratt, C., Ellwood, C., Gannon, S., Zabrodska, K. and Bansel, P. (2009), 'Second skin: The architecture of pedagogical encounters', Pedagogical encounters, Peter Lang 9781433108174.
  • Camden-Pratt, C. (2009), 'Relationality and the art of becoming', Pedagogical Encounters, Peter Lang 9781433108174.
  • Ellwood, C. and Camden-Pratt, C. (2009), 'Becoming Blossom, Becoming Oddbod: clowning as transformational process', Pedagogical Encounters, Peter Lang 9781433108174.
  • Camden-Pratt, C. (2007), 'Creative Arts and Critical Autobiography: Challenges of Blending the Deeply Personal and the Academic in Qulaititative Research', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridgeman, K., Camden-Pratt, C., Kaufman Hall, V. and Pinn, J. (2007), 'Playing creative edges : performing research - women out to lunch', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.

Journal Articles

  • Camden-Pratt, C., Coombs-Veleontis, K., McClaughlin, D., Paton, J. and Zappa, A. (2018), 'Reflections on 'the art of critical conversations' : a patchwork of responses in images and text', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, vol 13, no 1 & 2 , pp 17 - 26.
  • Gannon, S., Gottschall, K. and Camden-Pratt, C. (2013), '"A quick sideways look and wild grin" : joyful assemblages in moments of girlhood', Girlhood Studies, vol 6, no 1 , pp 13 - 29.
  • Camden-Pratt, C. (2008), 'Social Ecology and creative pedagogy: using creative arts and critical thinking in co-creating and sustaining ecological learning webs in university pedagogies', Transnational Curriculum Inquiry: Journal of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, vol 5, no 1 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridges, D., Camden-Pratt, C. and Sammon, L. (2004), 'A Performance of Difference', Refective Practice, vol 5, no 1 , pp 91 - 110.


  • 2018, 'Being With'
  • 2018, 'Vulnerability'

Other Publications

  • 2010, 'Ashes', Published Work

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