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.