The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy
The world is constantly changing, becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected than ever before. At the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), we offer engaging, comprehensive and in depth art therapy programs to a diverse group of post graduate students coming from an array of nationalities, education and life experience. We are selective in choosing students who are committed to making their professional lives filled with meaningful purpose. Our students learn to recognize and understand that different opportunities, cultures, and strategies can assist in the development of a rich career in the arts and psychology while also learning to negotiate diverse situations.
CiiAT integrates a global perspective into our curriculum, so that no matter what topic you study, every course will help you become more culturally fluid and aware.
At the Canadian International Institute for Art Therapy, our cultural immersion programs, bring opportunities to our students to immerse themselves in unique cultural experiences in which we offer hands-on instruction in a variety of visual arts media within the context of an international art therapy institution. Our faculty of therapists and working artists collaborate to design a program and foster an environment where the unique talents and perspectives of individual students can emerge and flourish.
CATD Graduates are eligible for Professional Status with CATA or the IEATA or both. Professional Certifications are available for Mental Health Providers including the Attachment Informed Art Therapy Certification which demonstrates hands-on practising integration of interdisciplinary approaches to attachment theory, crisis and trauma.
Statement of Purpose
The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy is dedicated to the belief that the creative process is healing and life-enhancing. Its mission is to introduce art therapy training programs in Canada and other countries. We focus on training qualified culturally-sensitive and responsive art therapists and therapeutic arts practitioners. The primary purpose of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy is to offer a Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) approved art therapy training program in Thailand, Japan, Canada and other countries.
CiiAT CATD graduates are qualified to be practising as professional art therapists. Our CATD and Attachment Informed Certification programs meet all educational requirements mandated by CATA. All students are encouraged to become members of CATA, including those who live and practice internationally.
Our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). CiiAT graduates who meet the qualifications are eligible for registration as Registered Expressive Arts Therapists.
CiiAT is the educational working arm under the umbrella of The Proulx Global Education and Community Foundation, which is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy provides a training program with an eclectic and diverse theoretical orientation grounded in current principles of professional practice. The philosophy of the Institute is to maintain an equal emphasis on the academic, experiential and practical sides of the discipline. The Institute’s approach stems from the position that an art therapist must be well grounded within their own experience and within their own knowledge of themselves.
Experiential learning includes involvement in the art therapy process, the creative process and (private) personal psychotherapy when possible. Students must be thoroughly familiar with the language and experience of the visual arts since an understanding of the visual arts and the creative process is considered fundamental to the practice of art therapy.
Meet the Faculty – click a name to see Bio’s
MA, ATR, RCAT
CiiAT Founding Director/IPATT Executive Director/JIPATT Executive Director
Lucille is a published Registered Art Therapist in both Canada and the U.S. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She is the past Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy and is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and The Association des Arts-therapeutes du Quebec.
With over 50 years of experience working with children and parents in therapy, Lucille conducts specialized training workshops across the world.
Michelle Winkel, MA, MFT, ATR, REAT
CiiAT Clinical Director
Michelle Winkel is an art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals.
Since 1999, Michelle has used art therapy with businesses and organizations in group settings. Michelle has taught art therapy at Loyola Marymount University, IPATT in Bangkok, BCSAT in British Columbia, and has served as the Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy. As a supervisor at a local school agency in California for five years, she co-designed and implemented a reflective practice program that worked with the Child Protective Agency and other agencies in the area to improve supervision, performance, and morale of front-line staff.
Michelle’s credentials include a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Registered Art Therapist in North America as well as Registered Canadian Art Therapist. From 2004-2005, she held a fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health from Harvard Children’s Hospital. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Cheryl-Ann is the Managing Director, faculty member and student advisor at CiiAT. Under her leadership, CiiAT has built significantly on its existing online footprint. She has devoted her time centralizing the learning experience to be an inclusive, accessible, e-learning environment, which is as close to an in-person classroom experience as one can manage online. She works closely with prospective students exploring the different programs available at CiiAT.
Cheryl-Ann holds a BA Honours in Culture & Communications from Lancaster University. She is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and has been a Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers since 2008. She has over 20 years of experience as a therapeutic artist.
She is the artist and creator of the family-friendly Beautiful Women Project, an exhibit of 120 life-sized clay sculptures of real women from ages 19-91. The exhibit aims to promote body confidence and raise awareness on the impact of body-shaming. It has been deemed a “revelation of truth” and has been showcased to over 70,000 people through exhibits and 400 speaking events.
Cheryl-Ann blends her passion for learning, creative arts, and her interest in human dynamics to provide a deep learning experience for students, effective one-on-one art therapy sessions in her private practice, and group sessions for her audiences. She believes art saved her life. “Art is the voice of our soul: at times it sings, at times it screams, but it always needs to be heard.”
For more information about Cheryl-Ann’s work, please visit her website: www.cherylannwebster.com
Hedaya graduated from the American University in Dubai with a BFA in Interior design. She has always been drawn to creative thinking and problem solving.
While working as an interior designer, she saw many of her clients struggling emotionally and mentally. This, along with her innate interest in the human mind, led her to the discovery of a new path in life. From 2013 – 2019, she worked as a holistic therapist with over 200 female clients and is currently completing her diploma in Clinical Art Therapy. Finding art therapy was finding her calling: a path that combined her love of art and her desire to empower women on their journey in life, regardless of their age, race, or religion. She is interested in exploring work with couples, refugees, immigrants, and women going through transitions in their life.
Before moving to Canada in 2016, she lived in four different countries. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, go on walks , and do weight training. Hedaya is a recovering perfectionist.
Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA, RCAT
Patricia obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016 and graduated as an art therapist from the B.C. School of Art Therapy in 2011. She became a registered social worker in 2002, trained as a play therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy and completed a Certificate in Visual Arts in 2007. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Patricia has worked in a variety of national and international settings with diverse populations over the past twenty years. She has provided services within the school system, in private and community agencies, and in her private practice, Heartwork Integrated Art Therapy Services. She has a special interest in attachment and the inherent suitability of art therapy for treating attachment-based issues. Patricia is a qualified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). She received her training directly from Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, the developers of MSC, and is interested in how mindfulness and self-compassion can be integrated into the art therapy process.
Patricia presented at the Canadian Art Therapy Conference in 2016 on the topic of cultivating compassion for the earth. She identifies as a Metis woman and her work as a contemporary fused glass artist also reflects her deep love of the natural world, which is a central value of her cultural heritage. Her many interests include conflict resolution, play therapy, children and divorce, suicide intervention, neurobiology, and eating disorders.
Since completing her Art Therapy degree in 1997, Nancy has worked with children, adolescents and adults in schools, women’s shelters, group homes, and the Aboriginal community in an effort to debrief traumatic events through the use of art therapy. She works from an attachment-based perspective. Nancy taught for CiiAT in 2018 in Thailand and continues to give workshops for professionals in and out of the field.
In 2000, Nancy designed and coordinated an art therapy-based program in Ottawa’s Aboriginal community. Funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, the project was designed to help overcome the intergenerational effects of residential schooling and increase understanding and communication within the family unit. The program was named one of Canada’s 12 most effective projects.
Nancy presently runs a private practice and works through the Outreach Services of a first stage crisis shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence and abuse. She also works for the Ministry of the Attorney General with Ontario Victim Services Quick Response Program and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario.
Having been a printmaker for 20 years, Nancy now enjoys drawing, constructions, watercolours and making “stuff” with her two wonderful grandsons.
Johanne is a psychologist and professional art psychotherapist. She is a retired professor of the Art Therapy Master’s Program of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She maintains a private practice in art psychotherapy and as a supervisor of psychologists and art therapists. She is an international lecturer in the USA and Europe. She has written articles and three books in art therapy, including the following:
- Rêves, art-thérapie et guérison, Montréal : Québec-Livres, 2017/1993
- L’art-thérapie, mettre des mots sur les maux et des couleurs sur les douleurs, Paris : Larousse, 2016.
- L’art-thérapie somatique, Montréal : Québec-Livres, 2014, 3’ édition.
Vera is a full-time professor in Art Therapy at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, an art therapist, and a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She worked in mental health and maintained a private practice for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she initiated various multimodal expressive therapies with youth, immigrants, and women’s groups both in Quebec and in Latin America.
In addition to her teaching and clinical work, Vera has been a practicing fine artist since 1983. She participated in various group exhibitions, both in Quebec and abroad, and received creation grants from Quebec and Canada Councils of Art. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to develop a view of art as an interactive and democratic discipline, at once intimate and social, spontaneous and reflexive. She developed a particular research interest in exploring the contribution of artistic creation to healing through depth psychology.
Born in Haïti, Pascale is an art therapist and ethnopsychiatry practitioner who understands life as a complex world of class, power inequities & spiritualities. She uses identity and narratives to help practitioners comprehend how the interpersonal-cultural-disciplinary knowledge informs practice. She has introduced her own four children to the intricacies of living and adjusting to diversity throughout the globe through extensive travel.
Pascale is the founder and director of Arts, Racines & Therapies, a holistic therapy centre that integrates traditional culture, spirituality, and creativity into clinical practice. Her clinical work continues to focus primarily with Aboriginal and immigrant persons. Her work is conducted in French, English, Creole, and Spanish.
Haley is a Registered Art Therapist in Canada who completed her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapies with a Specialization in Art Therapy at Concordia University. She currently facilitates individual and group art therapy and coordinates the Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute. She previously worked at the Jewish General Hospital in in Montreal, at Sea to Sky Community Services in British Columbia, and at the Baylor-Botswana Children’s Clinical Centre of of Excellence and Stepping Stones International in Botswana. She has worked with diverse individuals, including children who have been sexually abused, at-risk youth, children with HIV, the homeless population, and older adults. Her art therapy work is informed by multicultural dynamics and trauma-informed practice.
Haley is the President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and is a big supporter of CATA’s vision: to bring together art therapists to raise standards and advance the profession.
Christine is a Registered Art Therapist, clinical supervisor, and international instructor and presenter. She has 18 years of experience providing art therapy services to people of all ages. She specializes in body-focused art therapy, trauma, sexual abuse and addictions. Her clinical presentations and experiential workshops include body-focused art therapy, neuroscience and trauma, art therapy with different age groups, and therapeutic support for professionals. She has focused her Doctorate in Art Therapy research on building a theoretical foundation for Therapeutic Body-Mapping and use of the methodology as a culturally-sensitive trauma intervention based on the neurobiology of trauma.
Christine is former Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and author of ‘The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions’ and ‘Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: What’s Going On In the Brain’.
Lindsay Clarke holds her Masters in Art Therapy from Concordia University and is a Registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is an instructor of the Youth and Children Art Therapy course in Tokyo for JIPATT. In Montreal, she is a supervisor to art therapy students and works with families and children in community settings including women’s shelters, schools, museums, and art hives. She uses a trauma-informed and attachment-based approach in her focused work in supporting women and children as they heal from issues of displacement, violence, and loss.
Lindsay also extends creative healing into the garden and kitchen as she has initiated cooking therapy groups that involve participant grown ingredients, promoting intergenerational support and a grounded sense of engagement for marginalized peoples in transition.
Alison Baxendale, BFA, BCATR is the Senior Art Therapist, Intake Manager, Practicum Supervisor, and Program Coordinator at the Trent Street Therapeutic Studios, Victoria Mental Health Center. Group and individual facilitation of the “Open Studio”and “Artist in Residence” Art Therapy programs for adults with addictions and mental health issues aims to facilitate participants’ self-expression and self-discovery through the use of a variety of art educational and therapeutic art interventions. Her Intake role consists of reviewing potential client case files, conducting interviews and assessing perspective participants for program readiness. Alison liaises with other mental health professionals regarding client readiness, ongoing support, crisis management, and general progress.
Patcharin Sughondhabirom, otherwise known as Dr. Jo, is a medical doctor and Registered Art Therapist living in Bangkok, Thailand. She is Director of the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT), which she developed in 2011 in collaboration with Lucille Proulx, thus bringing formal clinical art therapy training into Thailand. In 2014, she also founded the Art Therapy Foundation to support art therapy projects in the country.
Her passion in the arts, combined with her deep interest in the death and dying process, has drawn her into the field of palliative care. In 2005, she started an open art studio project in Bangkok for children with cancer at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The project was well received, and was later expanded to The Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. This project has ignited creative ideas and initiations in other pediatric units in the country.
Kazutaka Shibasaki holds a degree in economy from Rikkyo University. After working for CBS Sony, he started his own business, Quest Institute Co., in 1980, for which he has developed workshops and seminars for personal training and therapist training programs as Representative Director. His training program, Approaching Unconsciousness, has been taken by over ten thousand participants and six hundred therapists.
Mr. Shibasaki has also established the NPO Children Future Institute to support mental education for children. He has opened art therapy schools for children and parents in Japan. His unique camp program, Growth Seminar, encourages children to be self-reliant. He is the author of published works including Healing Door (Yasuragi no Tobira), Self Therapy (Zibun Serapi), and Meeting Exciting Self (Wakuwaku Suru Zibun ni Deau Hon).
Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki holds a degree in Human Relationship from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. She has provided art therapy at the Psychiatry Department of Tokyo Adachi Clinic and worked as an art therapist at the Enomoto Clinic, operated by Psychiatry Enoki Medical Corporation, for 12 years. She supported art therapy programs at the Juntendo University Hospital and was staff at the Self-Expression of Healing exhibition. She now conducts art therapy training, workshops, and lectures.
The CiiAT faculty have been in many publications over the years, some can be purchased in our store, and here you will find the most recent articles published in the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal. To download or read more simply click the icon or title below.
Attachment Informed Art Therapy: Strengthening Emotional Ties Throughout the Lifetime by Lucille Proulx.
Lucille Proulx is an artist, art therapist and founder of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT). She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, author, and educator in the profession of art therapy. Lucille is an Honorary Life Member of both the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Association des art-therapeutes du Quebec. Throughout her career, she has worked to support families through attachment-focused art therapy. She has a keen interest in the developmental stages of children and adults and has promoted art therapy for children, families, and as a companion to lifelong learning and self-efficacy. As a mother of eight children, who combined motherhood with artistic pursuits and community activism, she is an advocate for creative expression within both domestic and civic life. Her exemplary work promoting art therapy internationally has established art therapy training programs in Thailand and Japan, in addition to promoting online education that reaches out to art therapy students throughout the world in conjunction with CiiAT.
Musing on Cultural Humility by Michelle Winkel.
Aspirations of multiculturalism in our society and therapeutic practices are developing conversations regarding cultural competency among mental health professionals. Given the complexity of cultural diversity, it can be helpful to frame cultural knowledge as a process rather than a goal – a process that does not assume authority, but rather a fluidity of addressing contributing factors to cultural identities. It also includes our beliefs and attitudes toward our clients and ourselves. These reflections incorporate cultural humility, as described in a thought-provoking article by Jaspreet Bal and Rapinder Kaur entitled “Cultural Humility in Art Therapy and Child and Youth Care: Reflections on Practice by Sikh Women.” This article roots the theme of this special issue entitled Creative Agency and Political Responses Through Arts Therapy, the 2017 theme of the Canadian Art Therapy Association conference held in Vancouver.
ONEBird: Integrating Mindfulness, Self- Compassion, and Art Therapy by Patricia Williams.
This review article explores the interface between art therapy and the growing field of self-compassion. The term ONEBird refers to a model that integrates mindfulness, compassion, and creative expression in an educational, experiential, and therapeutic process. Background information is provided on the integration of self-compassion and mindfulness into effective training programs and a contemporary approach to psychotherapy. Empirical evidence for the protective role of self-compassion is also included. The model provides a framework for discussing the proposed mutual benefit of Mindful Self-Compassion and compassion-focused therapy to the field of art therapy, and the inherent suitability of art therapy for fostering the cultivation of non- judgmental awareness and a desire to alleviate personal suffering. The unique contribution of creative expression is discussed and a rationale for adopting an integrative art therapy model is presented.
The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy and the Human Center established the International Program in clinical art therapy in Bangkok International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand in 2011.
The Human Center, a non-profit foundation in Thailand, saw a need for art therapy training to build capacity in Thai communities. The IPATT studio and classrooms are now located in an art space in downtown Bangkok and welcome students from around the world.
This clinical art therapy program, in compliance with the Canadian Art Therapy Association educational standards, provides academic training in art therapy three times per year.
“I am a student of CiiAT and chose to exchange to IPATT for one module. It was such an amazing experience! I was embraced by the Thai students and staff of IPATT. The discussions in class were rich with exploration of similarities and differences in our cultural experiences within the field of Art Therapy. And between classes I ventures South to the golden beaches, and North to the mountains and Elephant Sanctuary. I highly recommend the cultural exchange program to all students.”
In 2014, the Canadian International Institue of Art Therapy established the Japan International Program of Art Therapy in Tokyo (JIPATT) in collaboration with the Quest Institute, based in Tokyo. The first class will be graduating this year (2017), after completing their coursework and practica in settings across Japan. These field experiences include mental health clinics, pediatric units, psychiatric units, palliative care units, geriatric facilities, and public schools. The populations these placements serve are those with down syndrome, children with developmental disorders such as autism, truant middle school students, mental health clients with disorders such as depression, as well as adult survivors of domestic violence.
The expansion of art therapy will contribute to the quality of mental health care for in mental health services in Japan. In 2015, in Japan, Parliament established the bill for the national licensing for psychotherapy. Preparations are being made to engage in mental health care in Japan. Clinical experience and extensive knowledge of psychotherapy is necessary in order to actively participate in the field of medicine and education.
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