Canadian Art Therapy Association
The Voice of Art Therapy in Canada   
 
Video (above) created by Gwyneth Christoffel. Please see her website here.

Art Therapy in the Media: 
Link: http://www.unhcr.org/uk/news/stories/2016/10/57fb506a4/art-therapy-helps-boy-fled-war-keep-nightmares-bay.html



Upcoming events

    • 2019-10-24
    • 10:00 AM
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    • 2019-10-25
    • 8:00 AM
    • 2019-10-27
    • 1:00 PM
    • SAIT, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4



    • Conference Program •

    * Last Updated August 15 *

    Please click here to download the full schedule of all the presentations, post presentations, accommodation options and more.

    NOTE: Conference registration and conference event registration are now separate. Once your conference registration is complete you will receive a link in your registration confirmation email which will allow you to register for conference events.


    • Meals • 

    Conference fees cover breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Common dietary restrictions can be accommodated.


    • Certificate of Attendance •

    A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees within two weeks of the end of the conference.


    • Host City - Calgary, AB •

    • 2019-10-25
    • 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 118
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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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 106
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 128
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 122
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    Gathering the Voices from the Healers of Tomorrow is a video that records the stories of Indigenous youth representing Innu, Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Metis and their experiences with art therapy at a health careers camp located in Corner Brook, NL. Through the use of ‘Velfies’, interviews with elders and Indigenous healers, the youth will explore art therapy as an Indigenous healing tradition and what that means to themselves and their communities.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • Room 109
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • Room 128
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • Room 122
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • Room 106
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    • Room 118
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM
    • Room 106
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    Jennifer will present her work with health professionals in post-conflict countries providing trauma-sensitive healthcare to survivors of gender-based violence and war rape. She will introduce tools she developed to meet the unique needs of these health professionals, who share recent collective trauma with their patients. She will introduce the Compass of Vicarious Transformation and a comprehensive creative arts therapies self-care tool. She will then offer an experiential activity for participants to engage with these tools.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM
    • Room 109
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM
    • Room 118
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Room 122
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Room 128
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • ? - 5:00 PM
    • Room 106
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • ? - 5:00 PM
    • Room 109
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    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.
    • 2019-10-25
    • ? - 5:00 PM
    • Room 118
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
    • Room 106
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
    • Room 109
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 118
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 128
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 122
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 109
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 106
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    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.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • MacDonald Hall
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    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.

    • 2019-10-26
    • 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
    • Room 106
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    This paper will present thesis’ findings on the opportunities and challenges of integrating art therapy with nature based practices. Using a/r/tography, an arts based research method, case-study material will be used from women who are on a journey of Motherhood and mothering. Practical and ethical considerations for maintaining healthy boundaries within a shifting therapeutic frame will be discussed.
    • 2019-10-26
    • 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
    • Room 128
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