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.
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.