The Mending Basket: Advanced Supervision

  • 2018-10-11
  • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Room EV2.776 // Concordia University, 1515 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal QC H3G 2W1


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The Mending Basket: Advanced Supervision

Pre-Conference Workshop

Recommended for Registered Art Therapists planning to or already practicing supervision

Schedule & Facilitators 

Event Times  Presenter Event Title 
Registration 8:30 - 9:30am   Breakfast provided
Session 1 9:30am - 12:00pm  Olena Darewych Foundations of Supervision and Best Practices; Positive Supervision
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm   Catered lunch provided
Session 2 1:00 - 3:00pm Monica Carpendale, Judith Siano and Sharona Bookbinder Arts-Based Supervision
Session 3 3:30 - 5:30pm Michelle Winkel & Rapinder Kaur Cultural Humility in Supervision

Session 1 - Foundations of Supervision and Best Practices; Positive Supervision

  • Examines the concepts of ethics in supervision (i.e., supervision records, online supervision, diversity in supervision, supervisor’s responsibilities, and supervisee’s expectations).
  • Introduces positive psychology and strengths-based approaches to individual and group supervision. The innovative approaches to supervision assist supervisors in establishing healthy and meaningful professional relationships with their supervisees. Through a combination of didactic and experiential learning, attendees will learn creative activities that invite supervisees to reflect upon their character strengths, cultural values, and clinical performances, and apply their strengths in their therapy sessions with clients. 

Session 2 - Arts-Based Supervision

  • Introduces the use of art and poetry to enhance a deeper understanding of our relationship with our clients. The approach will include single and group supervision with the intention of stimulating the imagination and finding suitable metaphors for our clients who pose challenges. .
  • Supervision is intended to be a safe place for thinking: for exploring what is working; what is not working; how we would like to do things differently and for exploring the relationship between theory and practice in a creative way. Mending can function to increase the life and value of the clothes we wear and the objects we use. A variety of different themes, art mediums and directives will be introduced. 
    • Recycling junk as a metaphor for the therapeutic process: we too can recycle ourselves and turn painful experiences into positive ones. We accept the nature of recycled materials and our own nature.
    • Drawing
    • Natural materials 

Session 3 - Cultural Humility in Supervision

  • We will introduce and explore the concept of cultural humility with respect to art therapy supervision. We will draw on theory and practice from our own perspectives- from our teaching work and client-focused work with culturally fluid and diverse groups internationally and locally.
  • We will explore how the concepts relate to our clients directly through art-making and reflective writing. A variety of arts- based and writing-based activities will be introduced. How can we use arts- based reflection to understand ourselves in relation to our clients?


Olena Darewych, PhD, RP, RCAT is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, an Adjunct Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, and an Adjunct Faculty at Adler University-Vancouver campus. She completed her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in the United States. She is a Past President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA).

Sharona Bookbinder, BSc, DTATI, MBA, OATR, RCAT, RP,  practices as a Registered Psychotherapist & Registered Art Therapist and is recognized as a clinical art therapy supervisor. She is a presenter, author, educator, innovator and leader in healthcare and small business. She completed a Masters of Business Administration in Innovation Leadership (2016) and is currently working on her Doctorate of Art Therapy.

Monica Carpendale, BFA, DVATI, RCAT, HLM, BCATR, founder and academic dean of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Nelson, BC. Monica is an author and filmmaker, producing 3 films in art therapy and writing several articles in the CATA journal and 2 books: Essence and Praxis in the Art Therapy Studio (2009) and A Traveler’s Guide to Art Therapy Supervision (2011).

Judith Siano, MA, is a registered art therapist and supervisor and was chair of the ethics committee of the Israeli art therapy association. She lectures on trauma, adolescence, and ethics in therapy and has published articles in professional journals in Israel and abroad. In 2016 her book "HOLY JUNK – LOST, FOUND AND REJECTED OBJECTS IN ART THERAPY" was published in Hebrew and in English.

Michelle Winkel, MA, MFT, ATR, REAT is an artist, art therapist, art therapy teacher and supervisor. She is committed to the creative process in many forms, including shaping and supporting CATA. Previously she has been the Education Chair and VP of CATA, and currently is on her second term. She has taught at LMU in Los Angeles, at VATI in Vancouver, and co-directs The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy with programs in Bangkok and Tokyo.

Rapinder Kaur is a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, social change agent, board member and facilitator. 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.


Participants are award a certificate showing 6.5 hours of credit towards supervisor training