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Art Therapy in the Media:
Using Puppets, participants of the program create a symbolic portrait of themselves, write and perform a monologue and celebrate their creativity in an art show with invitations to their friends and family. Workshop attendees will learn the following main concepts: program development and adaptation for senior and youth participants; grant funding and future sustainability of the project; collaborating with community agencies for the purposes of program evaluation and outcomes; and next steps and evolution of the project. In addition, workshop attendees will gain an experience of mask-body puppet making.
Allan Rosales has a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Fine Art with a minor in psychology from the University of Calgary. Allan is currently an instructor at Mount Royal University in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education. He also facilitates art therapy programs with WP Puppet Theatre, the Operational Stress Clinic, Health Upwardly Mobile and Wellspring.
Annie Hussain has a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University as well as an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Studio Art with a minor in psychology from the University of Guelph. Annie has over 15 years of experience working with children, adults and seniors in various settings. Her previous work experience encompassed working with women survivors of domestic violence within various women’s shelters and organizations. Currently, she is an art therapy facilitator for WP Puppet Theatre, implementing a mask-making program for youth in schools, as well as facilitating art therapy groups for adults with addictions in an outpatient treatment center.
The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is the Canadian voice of art therapy, and the official journal of the Canadian Art Therapy Association/l’Association Canadienne d’art-therapie. The journal aims to advance the profession and practice of art therapy in Canada through publishing ethical, empirical, and original scholarly research. The goal of this workshop is to highlight the submission process and guidelines, to bring forth ideas for the journal and support art therapists through the writing process.
Haley Toll is the Lead Editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal and is pursuing a PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research focuses on art therapy in cross-cultural contexts and arts-based methodologies. Haley has worked with children and adults internationally and across Canada who have experienced cancer, sexual abuse, and other psychological and emotional challenges. She has also trained mental health practitioners in Botswana, Thailand, and Mongolia.
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Through a thorough examination of current practices in group art therapy sessions, participants will be able to identify interventions and assessments commonly used in treatment and to introduce a new method of communication to collaborate with other mental health and medical professionals.
Rob Belgrod is a licensed art therapist and artist from Brooklyn, NY. Rob received his undergraduate degree in art therapy from the CUNY Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program and went on to receive his master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in art therapy. Rob currently works at The Art Therapy Project, where he provides art therapy groups for adolescents in alternative high schools, adults in substance abuse treatment, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Ian Kwok is a second-year internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY. He received his MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and his BA from Columbia University. He is interested in palliative care and enjoys ceramics.
This presentation showcases a powerful collaboration between KATI and The Salvation Army. It reveals the healing that can manifest when diverse, vulnerable, marginalized populations work together in an open art therapy environment and how the program has met needs that had been previously unmet in the community. It explores the therapeutic approach of the studio and examines how participants are developing their artistic identities, inner-resilience, and self-worth, as well as fostering community, belonging, connection, calmness, and joy.
Kate Leppard is an art therapy clinician and KATI faculty member, who works with marginalised people and their families to create a sense of belonging, heal traumas and transform lives through art-making. She believes that art therapy is one of the most potent tools for humanity to create social change.
Randi Martin is a recent graduate from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute where she gained experience interning with a variety of populations through her clinical placement work, but found a special appreciation for adult mental health and positive art therapy in the Bright Lights program.
The practice of psychotherapy in Alberta is advancing! After 4 years of rallying and advocacy, in December 2018, we witnessed Bill 30 get passed, meaning that a new College for Counselling Therapy would soon open. With CATA taking part in this monumental development since its inception, art therapists now have the opportunity to join a college that will protect and promote their practice. Learn about how to apply, who can apply, and why.
Olga Perju is a clinical supervisor and art therapist in Edmonton, AB. She has been on a steering committee of the Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-AB) since 2016, and now sits on the board as treasurer of the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA), which will evolve into the new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA).
Lorian Gelink is a mental health therapist, professional art therapist and intern mentor at The Family Centre in Edmonton, AB. She is one of the CATA representatives on The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-AB), and an Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA) director who will be involved in the application process when the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA) is officially proclaimed.
This presentation will explore the therapeutic value of storytelling ranging from earth art therapy activities to digital therapeutic games. An “issues, needs, goals” format will help to determine the direction of treatment and potential activities. A focus will be on the benefits of developing empathy, self-esteem and emotional resilience.
Monica Carpendale is the founder and academic dean of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, BC. She is an art therapist, educator, supervisor, author, film producer, researcher and designer of nine therapeutic games for use in educational, therapeutic and medical environments. She is an international presenter on art therapy research and supervision.
My practice-led research study presents a triadic model of connectedness with First Nations foster children and their Indigenous caregivers in Canada. The term triadic art therapy refers to the involvement of an interpersonal dyad in joint art-making sessions with an art therapist who is attending to their cultural connectedness as a third element in their relationship.
Tzafi Weinberg is an art therapist. She studied art therapy at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, BC, and earned her doctorate in art therapy at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee. Tzafi has experience working with First Nations children in a private practice in Winnipeg.
This session presents a group art therapy elementary school-based curriculum for recently immigrated and refugee children. The aim of the program is to remediate stresses and harms experienced, pre, during and post-migration. CBT, DBT, attachment, existentialist, bibliotherapy and narrative approaches are skillfully interwoven with provocations that value wonder, authenticity and connection.
Dawn Olson is an art therapist and counsellor in private practice, with over 15 years experience in mental health settings, including intake, eating disorders, post-secondary counselling and inpatient children’s psychiatry, Dawn designed and, for several years led, an art therapy program for immigrant and refugee children in Victoria, BC. She is presently writing about this for publication.
Encaustic painting offers benefits such as stress reduction, improved mood and increased relaxation. It can provide immense stimulation when witnessing the unplanned formations of beeswax running together and textures that result from layering. The results are immediate as this media dries quickly. Layering of art media offers clients an opportunity to conceptualize their issues within a safe therapeutic environment.
Heather Hennick is a registered psychotherapist, professional art therapist and professional artist. Her experience extends to private practice in Toronto specializing in compassion fatigue and burnout. For the past 5 years her practice has also supported geriatric populations and adults with complex disabilities including dementias and Alzheimer’s. As a Psychotherapist, deep listening and compassion supports her person-centered approach. Visual creative approaches are used depending on what is right for the client.
Wendy shares her experience of providing individual and dyad art therapy for children experiencing attachment issues, using a transactional model of family art therapy and a house call model of art therapy. The importance of collaboration with parents between sessions in extending therapeutic benefits and systemic healing will be highlighted.
Wendy Knight is currently focusing her work on supporting families in which children are experiencing issues with attachment. She applies an intentional relational approach to art therapy. Wendy is passionate about supporting family and intergenerational healing through developmentally focused reparative art therapy experiences.
This presentation will look at a multidisciplinary team providing therapy to people with intellectual disabilities who have experienced trauma. The clinic offers a wide range of therapies including talk therapy, art therapy, and expressive arts therapy, with the goal of helping individuals with differing disabilities receive the treatment they need to work through the trauma they have experienced.
Amanda Gee is a registered Canadian art therapist, a registered psychotherapist and has been working with individuals with intellectual disabilities for the past 18 years in many different capacities. Amanda is currently working as an art therapist at a community living organization in Ontario as part of a multidisciplinary team, and volunteers on the CATA board.
Virginia Jahyu is an intersectional-feminist and expressive arts therapist who currently works at the Trauma to Trust Clinic providing services for individuals living with intellectual disabilities. Virginia holds a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy, minoring in psychology. Her passion for the arts, accessibility, and equity continues to guide her work.
In this presentation, participants will hear the successes and challenges that the CiiAT faculty have encountered while working with the support of publicly funded agencies to provide low-cost and no-fee psychotherapy and clinical art therapy services, including trauma-informed, attachment-informed programming to vulnerable community members as well as front-line mental health workers.
Cheryl-Ann Webster is a professional art therapist with over 20 years of experience as a therapeutic arts practitioner. She is now the managing director, faculty member and student advisor at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She blends her passion for learning, her love for the creative arts, along with her interest in human dynamics to provide a deep learning experience for students.
Lucille Proulx is the executive director of CiiAT. She is the author of Attachment Informed Art Therapy, Strengthening Emotional Ties throughout the Lifetime, Strengthening Emotional Ties through Parent-Child-Dyad Art Therapy and Strengthening Attachment Ties with Dyad Art Therapy. She has traveled across Canada and the world lecturing on attachment and brain development.
This interactive workshop explores art therapy with Indigenous populations and the art therapist’s role in decolonization. Participants will learn about decolonization as a living, breathing process, rather than just a ‘word’. Participants will utilize art therapy to start to explore what that means to them and how to understand more about becoming an ally and working authentically within this milieu.
Nicola Sherwin-Roller graduated in 1994 from Concordia University with a master’s degree in art psychotherapy. Nicola has worked primarily with First Nations clients on community in rural Saskatchewan as well as in a private practice setting for the last 26 years. Nicola is the Saskatchewan director for the CCPA Board and on the steering committee of FACT-SK, as well as a member of the advocacy committee with CATA.
Therapists burnout is more preventable than most think. This interactive workshop explores some of the main causes of burnout and the key ways that the risk of burnout can be minimized. Participants will be guided through the process of creating self-portraits drawn with eyes closed as a creative response art technique that can be easily integrated into every day practice to promote self-reflection and self-care.
Zoë Bowman is an art therapist, registered psychotherapist (qualifying) and educator. Her expertise is in promoting therapist self-reflection and using creativity to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
The workshop explores white settler trauma and the traumatic effects of colonization. Workshop participants will take part in creating a community basket as the presenter weaves her own tale of intergenerational trauma and healing and leads the discussion of colonization, healing our lineage, working from a social justice model as art therapists, and we will talk about how we can use our privilege to alleviate oppression.
Karen Wallace is an art therapist, artist, art instructor, educator, author and focusing trainer. She lives and works in Regina, SK and Denman Island, BC, where she has a private practice with adults and children specializing in trauma work. She teaches in educational psychology, social work and early childhood education at University of Regina and art therapy for WHEAT.
This workshop will explore the speaking voice using breath, sound, movement and text. How can we give voice to what is important in our lives, in our communities, in our world? ‘To find one’s voice’ is to reject silence, ‘to find one’s own voice’ is a journey towards authenticity, and ‘to give voice’ is to publicly speak from your heart, mind and spirit — often in the face of oppression.
Catherine Marrion is an expressive arts therapist working in private practice in Toronto. Her experience as a voice and movement teacher in a theatre conservatory, along with her somatic therapy experience, support an embodied approach to all arts modalities. Catherine has facilitated voice and movement based expressive arts workshops for CATA and IEATA conferences (2016, 2018, 2019) and has taught expressive arts curriculum in training institutions in Toronto.
In the wake of change, identity can disintegrate. In this workshop, participants will be invited to take part in three phases: locating (where am I?), tending (holding space for what is past and what seeds we are planting) and sensing (what is emerging?). Individual art-making and installation will be followed by a phase of guided aesthetic response.
Heather Frayne is an expressive arts therapist. Much of her work is about un-becoming: the dismantling, deconstructing, dislocation of identity. Heather’s process is to flesh out found images after embodied expression. She begins by listening to her body, expressing intuitively, and then seeing what wants to emerge. Art-making becomes witness and rite of passage. Heather lives and works in Edmonton, AB.
This master class/supervision will provide a safe space for art therapy supervisors and therapists to engage in a self-reflexive process that is intended to examine our own cultural blind spots and biases. The class will be theoretically informed by theories of intersectionality, dialogical self, critical education, relational art therapy and arts-based supervision. There will be a combination of didactic teaching and experiential art making.
Nicole Le Bihan is an art therapist, educator and clinical supervisor. She has 23 years of combined experience working with a variety of populations in therapeutic, educational and community settings. Nicole has been teaching at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute for nine years and provides individual and group supervision in both face-to-face and distance formats for students and professional art therapists.
This workshop utilizes hats as a powerful metaphor for the roles each of us play in our day to day lives. Each of us has different roles: personally, professionally, and as advocates for art therapy. Fabric and mixed media transform old hats and create new ones to address identity, diversity, and power differentials. A unique opportunity to explore different roles, and to create a more integrated experience.
Heidi Willmer is a KATI alumni who wrote her thesis on art therapy activities with survivors of domestic violence. Heidi was awarded the Janice Souza award for pioneering art therapy during her practicum in Red Deer, Alberta. Heidi has since moved to Medicine Hat, runs private practice, and continues to promote art therapy. She showcases different artists at the local library, and has been interviewed by the local news for her charitable work.
Ellie Madeley is a KATI honors alumni who wrote her thesis on the function of positive art therapy activities in a women’s emergency shelter. Ellie is active in the art therapy community, including the advocacy committee in CATA. Ellie supports community mental health, outreach, child and family counselling. Ellie also loves gardening at her home in Creston, BC.
The Human Brain in the Cradle is a workshop that will focus on attachment theory and its role in creating the brain. This experiential neuro sequential art workshop will allow the participant to have fun as well as to emotionally explore a dyadic art experience and begin to understand the effects of art therapy on the neuroplasticity of the brain.
This workshop will utilize techniques of poetry as a self-reflexive practice in art and expressive therapy supervision. The focus will introduce a strength-based approach to supervision and a phenomenological method for distilling essence through poetry.
As a Métis art therapist, Tayler has worked tirelessly to integrate traditional Indigenous arts and healing into her practice. In this workshop, we will explore various arts and healing methods, and the benefit it has when working with Indigenous clients. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in response art making, a group smudge, and an opening and closing talking circle.
Tayler Schenkeveld is a Métis woman, art therapist, and strong cultural advocate. Tayler currently resides in Calgary, AB, where she works as an art therapist specializing in Indigenous cultural reconnection at a community health centre.
Utilizing the ‘Self as Tree’ directive, this workshop invites participants to move deeper into the spiritual level of lived experience. Using a holistic, person centered, anti-oppressive approach, Nikki will guide you through a shamanic journey to your own World Tree, and then into art making as response. Become this universal symbol that is said to stand at the center of all worlds, weaving and bridging the web of connection between us all.
Nikki Featherstone is an intuitive artist, a lifelong seeker of knowledge, a writer, and a professional art therapist. She loves cats, trees, exploring spiritual pathways, and art in all forms. At Haven Art Therapy Studio, Nikki provides a holistic, anti-oppressive therapeutic approach and creates intentional inclusive spaces. Haven is a safe space for all people.
This workshop offers knowledge and tools to explore your personal journey of growth and transformation and to identify and honor the people who have been your allies. Common aspects of self-transformation and transformational allies will be discussed. You’ll have the opportunity to make art maps and mandalas that explore and honor your transformational journey and allies. You may wish to bring your favorite art supplies and photos of important people in your life journey.
Sherry Beaumont is a psychology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, a registered clinical counsellor (BC), and an art therapist offering contemplative, transpersonal and Jungian art therapies. She has over 25 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental and positive psychology. Her publications and research focus on the development of identity and wisdom and the reflective and artistic experiences that foster personal growth and transformation.
Research on resilience indicates that good relationships are critical to developing resiliency. However, most studies focus on human relationships to the exclusion of the natural world. Walking and engaging with the therapy dogs and creating a story-stick will demonstrate the value of including the more-than-human realm in cultivating natural resilience.
Straja Linder King holds a private practice at the Strawberry Moon Studio. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Lethbridge, an artist, author, and animal-assistance specialist. Straja designed the first open art therapy studio in western Canada in a hospital. Twillow and Tala work with Straja in expressive arts and bereavement. Straja has taught and supervised art therapy and animal-assisted therapy for over 10 years at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
Afsheadeh (Affy) Abbasnezhad holds a master of architecture degree from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran. As a professional working artist and children’s book illustrator, Affy has exhibited her works across Canada. Currently she is working in photography and assists clinical art therapist, Straja Linder King in merging art therapy with animal-assisted therapies. Affy continues to exhibit her works across Canada (Affyart.com) as she pursues further art therapy studies.
Participants will examine current grief theory through an art therapist’s personal narrative of complicated grief to learn how to integrate the shadowed self into therapy practice. An experiential will look at how each of us understands loss and how we work with loss alongside our clients.
Heidi Argyle is a registered art therapist living and working in Southwestern Ontario. Her work is grounded in human experiences with various populations such as teens, Indigenous children and emotionally dysregulated clients. She uses art therapy and visual arts to inform her practice both clinically and improving self-care.
Can the intentional use of limited art supplies have a positive effect on a client’s creativity? Absolutely. In this experiential workshop, participants will explore resiliency, creativity and problem solving through an atypical art intervention. This intervention is suitable for all ages, and the participants will have an opportunity to discuss the experience amongst peers.
Marie Muggeridge is an Edmonton-based art therapist working with children and adolescents in day treatment programs, using a DBT-informed, person centred, and positive psychology approach. Marie believes that the most effective treatment results from the collaboration of professionals working toward the treatment goal. Marie also has an interest in the inner-city community and an open studio approach to reach all makers.
The framework of cultural humility provides a compelling opportunity to acknowledge, disrupt, and shift the power imbalances, which exist in therapeutic relationships, as well as in the systems, within which these relationships are inextricably embedded. This dynamic and engaging presentation will explore how practicing cultural humility can further enhance the transformative power of art therapy while providing a compelling antidote to the division and mistrust that mark our current local and global realities.
Rapinder Kaur is a registered psychotherapist, art therapist, clinical supervisor, board member, public speaker and experienced facilitator. Rapinder is very interested in systems change and how individual empowerment can lead to collective transformation. Rapinder has worked in a number of different settings, including schools, psychiatric hospital, group homes, long term care, social service agencies, and is the founder of Art as Therapy, a private therapy practice.
CATA-ACAT's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a mandatory annual gathering of our association's membership held during the annual conference. The incumbent Board of Directors will present their annual reports containing information for our members, including membership numbers, financial figures, and key priorities the Board has been involved with in 2018 and will be working on in 2019.
All Professional, Registered, Inactive, and Honorary Life members of CATA-ACAT have voting rights at the meeting. Key outcomes of the AGM include voting of new Board members, appointment of auditors, and approval of 2018 AGM minutes.
This presentation will share research findings from a community-partnered study about group art therapy for women survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Presenters will describe the community partnership between Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services and Wilfrid Laurier University and outline the study’s context, research question, methods, and findings. This presentation complements CATA’s conference theme by illuminating how IPV survivors experience a sense of community through the group process and creative expression of art therapy.
Michelle Skop is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Laurier, Michelle practiced social work in the field of adult mental health. Michelle’s program of research involves using arts-based research methodologies to explore people’s experiences of health, illness, and well-being. She also researches pedagogical methods for incorporating community approaches into social work education.
Olena Darewych is a registered psychotherapist in Ontario, a registered Canadian art therapist, an adjunct faculty at Adler University-Vancouver campus and Martin Luther University College, and instructor at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She completed her PhD in expressive therapies at Lesley University and currently facilitates group digital art therapy sessions for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a past president of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Julie Mason is a peer worker, educator and clinician. In her master’s thesis, Julie used the arts-based research method, body-map storytelling, to explore the experiences of women who pull out their hair. She works as an addiction therapist at Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph, Ontario, as well as a research assistant on this project.
Research that investigates how the arts has helped in the process of forgiveness will be presented. Interviews were held with participants who used the arts in their process of forgiveness after suffering life impacting offenses. This study identifies themes that indicate specifically how the arts helped in the process toward a restored a sense of inner peace. Key findings from forgiveness literature will be presented and implications for practice will be discussed.
Darlene Kuehn is a PhD Candidate in expressive arts therapy at Lesley University researching the arts and forgiveness. She has 20 years of experience working in many settings including psychiatric wards, secure treatment for youth, addictions and community programs, and private practice. Darlene is a clinical supervisor for a master of arts in counselling program. She consults and provides training for clinicians in community programs in Ottawa.