Becoming an art therapist brought together some of my favourite interests – art, writing, culture, psychology – in an exploration of how creative expression helps us better understand why we do the things we do, and, how creativity can help us achieve our personal and interpersonal goals.
I’m a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association RCAT #223-R-17. The registration process requires ongoing professional development, 1,000 client contact hours with 50 hours clinical supervision. As a registered art therapist, I follow CATA standards of practice, hold liability insurance, and am able to supervise art therapists working towards registration. I receive regular clinical supervision.
I moved in January 2020 to Saskatoon from British Columbia where I worked for two years as a child and youth mental health clinician for Nisga’a Lisims Child and Family Services and Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society. Prior to that, I had a private practice in Regina for four years where I provided individual and group counselling as well as parent/child dyad therapy. In addition to private individual referrals, here are some of the organizations in Regina I had the pleasure to work with:
- Canadian Mental Health Association Members Club – ongoing weekly open studio (outreach)
- Paper Crane Community Arts/Ranch Ehrlo – individual and ongoing group sessions for high-risk youth and youth with disabilities (outreach)
- Balgonie Elementary School – ongoing weekly group for at-risk children (outreach)
- Raising Hope (Street Workers Advocacy Project) – ongoing weekly group for mothers (outreach)
- River Bend Memory Care – eight-week group session for residents (outreach)
- SOFIA House – six-week group session (outreach)
- Early Childhood Intervention Program – six-week group sessions for parents and children, parent/child dyad therapy, individual referrals (outreach)
- Cognitive Disability Strategy – individual referrals
- SARBI – two-session art therapy workshop (outreach)
- Saskatchewan Social Services Child and Family Services – individual referrals
- YWCA Kids in Transition Shelter – individual referrals
- Touchwood Agency Tribal Council – individual referral
- Creative Options Regina – individual referrals
- Chip and Dale Homes – six-week group session (outreach)
- Regina Children’s Justice Centre – individual referrals
- Cosmopolitan Industries – eight-week group session (outreach)
Professional Development and Training
- 2020 ASIST, ABK Wellness Consulting (2-day workshop)
- 2019 Water Teachings, Okanagan Nation Alliance (1-day workshop)
- 2019 Strengthening our Youth Workshop, Westbank First Nation (1- day workshop)
- 2018 8th International Research Conference Adults and Adolescents with FASD, UBC (3-day conference)
- 2018 Neurosequential Model of Therapy, Dr. Emily Wang, Hull Services (2-day workshop)
- 2017 Indigenous Tools for Living, Justice Institute: Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy (3-day workshop)
- 2017 Vicarious Trauma: Prevention and Resilience Strategies, Thrive Training and Coaching (2-day training)
- 2015 Practical Tools for Helping Children, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc. (2-day workshop)
- Ongoing National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) online: Why the Body Holds the Key to Trauma; How to Help Clients Overcome Anxiety-A Mindful Approach; Rethinking Trauma; How to Work with Shame, Practical Skills for Working with a Client’s Anger; Treating Trauma Master Series
I’m a graduate of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute’s (KATI) two-year post-baccalaureate program in Nelson, British Columbia. I also have a diploma in Visual Communications, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art and Culture, a multidisciplinary Master of Arts, and four prerequisite psychology classes to prepare for KATI.
KATI provided graduate-level course work in psychotherapy, human development, clinical issues and ethics, mental health disorders, qualitative research, and a thesis, as well as workshops for parent/child dyads, neuroscience, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), addictions, child and youth counselling, and body mapping. Clinical training included biopsychosocial intake, assessment and development of treatment plans using DSM-IVTR, summary report writing, maintaining client files, and 160 hours of clinical supervision. Practicum placements included over 400 direct client hours of individual and group sessions in schools, long-term care, acute psychiatry, psychosocial rehabilitation, adult special education, parenting groups, and community open studios for people experiencing concerns related to dementia, psychosis, anxiety, depression, addictions, developmental disabilities, and behaviour disorders.