Creative First Aid practitioner training

The first of it's kind in Australia, this 6 month professional development training will teach you the knowledge, theory, skills and practical application of Creative First Aid, with experiential opportunity to learn how to weave this approach into your work.

This training is designed for multidisciplinary practitioners including counsellors, psychologists, teachers, teachers aides, nurses, allied health, OTs, community workers and support workers.


Creative First Aid and creative prescribing is an approach and skill base that can be woven into a broad range of disciplines and practice. It blends trauma-informed practice, polyvagal theory, psychology and neuroscience, holistic understandings of the social determinants of health, the science of creativity, and community engagement content. It also includes content on the methodology of creative first aid designed by MakeShift and published in their book - Creative First Aid - The Science + Joy of Creativity for Mental Health.


This training is designed to add value and professional skills development to practitioners including: counsellors, OT's, psychologists, artists, community workers, teachers, teachers aides, nursing and allied health, outdoor educators, disability support workers.

This is 6 month training that includes 2 live learning online sessions a month, plus a 2 night retreat on the South Coast NSW. Small group reflective practice groups, creative kits and workbooks also included. It accrues 70 hours of CPD.

It is facilitated by MakeShift co-founders Caitlin Marshall and Lizzie Rose, who together have spent a decade devising, delivering, evaluating and reflecting on creative first aid work in communities, in trauma recovery and mental health settings, and in workplaces. Guest artists and practitioners will join the training modules and retreat.

The first cohort will begin in November 2024 - April 2025

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