About Us

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.

CiiAT 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 practicing 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.  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 graduates are qualified to be practicing as professional art therapists. Our 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 registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of British Columbia, under the Ministery of Advanced Education.

CiiAT is sole-proprietor entity, under the umbrella of The Proulx Global Education and Community Foundation, which is a registered non-profit organization.

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

Lucille Proulx, M.A., ATR, RCAT, Founding Director, Canada, Japan, Thailand

Lucille Proulx
Lucille Proulx
Founding Director

Lucille Proulx, M.A., ATR, RCAT, Founding Director

Lucille is a registered art therapist in both Canada and the U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Her 50 years of experience consists of working with children and parents in the community, private clinic, and in the department of infant and child psychiatry at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. She is a Director of The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), the Executive Director of the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT) and Japan Institute of Art Therapy in Tokyo (JIPAT). She is the past Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy (BCSAT).

Awards and Accomplishments:

Lucille Proulx is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and The Association des Arts-therapeutes du Quebec (AATQ). She conducts specialized training workshops for professionals and parents across the United States, abroad, and in Canada. In 2004 she became a CUSO-Canada Cooperant and was assigned to the Centre for the Protection of Children’s Rights in Bangkok Thailand to introduce art therapy to mental health professionals working with traumatized children. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Arts Health Canada and the Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Lucille is an exhibiting artist and the author of Strengthening Emotional Ties through Parent-Child-Dyad Art Therapy, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London, England, and Ach Publishing House, Israel.

 

Founding Director

Michelle Winkel MA, MFT, ATR, REAT Clinical Director, Canada, Japan, Thailand

Michelle Winkel
Michelle Winkel
Clinical Director

Michelle Winkel, MA, MFT, ATR, REAT Clinical Director

Michelle Winkel is an art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor, with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals. Michelle is the Clinical Director for the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT).

Michelle has taught Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, IPATT in Bangkok, BCSAT in British Columbia, and has served as the Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy. Since 1999, Michelle has used art therapy with businesses and organizations in group settings. In these engagements, she incorporates her training and her skills as an artist as she facilitates group processes. 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. Michelle received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, California. Michelle also held a fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health from Harvard Children’s Hospital from 2004-2005. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She makes art and tries to connect with other artists as much as possible.

Clinical Director

Johanne Hamel, D. PS., CATA, ATPQ, Instructor, Thailand

Johanne Hamel
Johanne Hamel
Instructor

Johanne Hamel, D. PS., CATA, ATPQ 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, Québec, Canada. She maintains a private practice in art psychotherapy and as a supervisor of psychologists and art therapists. She is an international lecturer in USA and Europe. She has written articles as well as 3 books in art therapy, including the followings:

  • 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.
Instructor

Vera Heller, Ph.D., ATR Instructor, Japan and Thailand

Vera Heller
Vera Heller
Instructor

Vera Heller, Ph.D., ATR

Vera Heller, Ph.D., ATR, S.W., is a full time professor in Art Therapy at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), an art therapist, and a licensed social worker/ 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 and immigrants, and women’s groups both in Quebec and in Latin America. In parallel to her teaching and clinical work, Vera Heller 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 brought 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.

Instructor

Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA Instructor, Japan and Canada

Patricia Williams
Patricia Williams
Instructor

Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA

Patricia graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in psychology in 1981. She graduated as an Art Therapist from the B.C. School of Art Therapy in 2011, and has worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations over the past twenty years, nationally and internationally. Patricia has a special interest in attachment and the inherent suitability of art therapy for treating attachment-based issues. The therapeutic value of mindfulness and self-compassion are also current areas of focus, especially in terms of how they can be integrated into the art therapy process. Patricia will complete her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016.

Instructor

Lindsay Clarke, MA, RCAT, Instructor, Japan

Lindsay Clarke
Lindsay Clarke
Instructor

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 the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. 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.

Instructor

Haley Toll, MA, RCAT, CCC, Ph.D Candidate. Instructor, Canada, Japan, and Thailand

Haley Toll
Haley Toll
Instructor

Haley Toll, MA, RCAT, CCC

Haley is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist who completed her Masters in Creative Arts Therapies: Specialization in Art Therapy and Bachelors of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Haley currently facilitates individual and group art therapy and coordinates the Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute with adults who have a cancer and their children of cancer patients. She previously worked in Montreal (Jewish General Hospital, Maimonides Geriatric residence and Projets Autochtones du Quebec), British Columbia (Sea to Sky Community Services) and Botswana (Baylor-Botswana Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence and Stepping Stones International.) She has worked with diverse individuals, such as children who have been sexually abused, at-risk youth, children with HIV, the homeless population, adults with cancer and older adults. Her art therapy work is informed by multicultural dynamics and trauma-informed practice.

Haley is the Canadian Art Therapy Association President who supports national organization’s vision: to bring together art therapists to raise standards and advance the profession.

Instructor

Christine Lummis, PhD, DKATI, RCAT, Instructor, Japan

Christine Lummis
Christine Lummis
Instructor

Christine Lummis, PhD, DKATI, RCAT

Christine is a Registered Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and international instructor and presenter. Christine has 18 years experience providing Art Therapy services to people of all ages, specializing 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’. www.arttherapyservices.ca.

Instructor

Pascal C. Annoual, M.A.; Ethnocultural Art Therapist, Instructor, Thailand

Pascal C. Annoual
Pascal C. Annoual
Instructor

Pascal C. Annoual, M.A.; Ethnocultural Art Therapist

Born in Haïti, Pascale C. Annoual, art therapist/ ethnopsychiatry practitioner understands life as complex world of class, power inequities & spiritualities.  She uses identity, narratives, to help practitioners comprehend how the interpersonal-cultural-disciplinary knowledge informs practice. Extensive travel is the way she has found to introduce her own 4 children to the intricacies of living and adjusting to diversity throughout the globe. Pascale C. Annoual is the founder and director of Arts, Racines & Therapies (www.artracines.ca); a holistic therapy center that integrates traditional culture, spirituality and creativity into clinical practice. Her clinical work continues to focuses primarily with Aboriginal and immigrant persons, using French, English, Creole and Spanish.

Instructor

Patcharin Sughondhabirom, MD, Program Director of IPATT, Thailand

Patcharin Sughondhabirom
Patcharin Sughondhabirom
IPATT Director

Patcharin Sughondhabirom, MD, Program Director, Thailand

Patcharin Sughondhabirom (Dr. Jo) is a medical doctor and registered art therapist living in Bangkok, Thailand. Her passion in arts, combined with her deep interest in the death and dying process, have drawn her into the field of palliative care. In 2005, she started an open art studio project in Bangkok for children with cancer in 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.

Dr. Jo is Director of the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT), which she developed in 2011 in collaboration with Lucille Proulx, 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.

IPATT Director

Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT Japan

Kazutaka Shibasaki
Kazutaka Shibasaki
JIPATT Director

Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT Japan

Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki holds a degree in economy from Rikkyo University. After working for CBS Sony, he started his own business in 1980 — Quest Institute Co. — for which he developed workshops and seminars for personal training and therapist training programs. His training, ‘approaching unconsciousness,’ is acknowledged by many people. More than ten thousand participants and six hundred therapists have completed the program. He established NPO Children Future Institute to support mental education for children and opened Art Therapy schools for children and parents in Japan. His unique camp program, ‘Growth seminar,’ encourages children’s self-reliance and is very popular with kids and their parents.Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki is a representative director of Quest Institute and the author of ‘Healing Door (Yasuragi no tobira)’ published by Cosmoten, ‘Self Therapy (Zibun serapi),’ ‘Meeting Exciting Self (Wakuwakusuru zibun ni deau hon)’ published by KK Long Sellers.

JIPATT Director

Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT, Japan

Chikako Shibasaki
Chikako Shibasaki
JIPATT Director

Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT, Japan

Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki holds a degree in Human Relationship from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. She 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.

JIPATT Director

Alison Baxendale, BFA, BCATR

Alison Baxendale
Alison Baxendale
CiiAT Clinical services

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.

CiiAT Clinical services

Sally Fraser, BFA, BEd, ATR, Instructor, Japan and Canada

Sally Fraser
Sally Fraser
CiiAT Clinical services

Sally Fraser, BFA, BEd, ATR, BFA, Bed, ATR

Sally Fraser is an Art Therapist and teacher in Victoria, BC. Originally from Calgary AB, Sally graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in Visual Arts, and a BEd. Over the years she taught in a variety of settings. Her work in art, art therapy, teaching, and ‘life in general’ has been approached within an eclectic/inclusive spiritual framework. Areas of artistic interest and practice have ranged from abstract painting to Iconography. Sally appreciates drawing as a learning tool, as well as a means of artistic expression, to gain understanding and clarity in subjects such as the self and relationships, form and space, the material and spiritual worlds. She has worked as an art therapist with people of all ages, from children to seniors. Sally currently works at Trent Street Art Therapeutic Studios in the Artist in Residence program, which provides adjunctive treatment for adults in the process of healing various psychological conditions.

CiiAT Clinical services

Directory of Business Development and Enrollment

Madison Weiss
Madison Weiss
Business Development & Enrollment

Madison Weiss brings to the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT) her skill and expertise in the areas of enrollment marketing and business development. Her background includes work in Special Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as working for The University of California San Diego as a Marketing Manager. Madison has also worked for private institutions such as Ashford University as an enrollment advisor and manager. And, for one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, Western International Media as a Direct Marketing Specialist.

Madison has her Bachelors Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. In addition, she is a prolific artist/painter/sculptor and graphic designer. She is the creator of “Artrageous”, a Portland Oregon Art & Craft Extravaganza.

She brings these skills and experience to CiiAT to develop new business and organizational enterprises. Through her innovative success, Madison brings an insightful and creative perspective to business development.

Currently Madison Weiss also attends CiiAT full time pursuing her desire to become an Art Therapist. In her free time she enjoys, art, film, theatre and writing.

Business Development & Enrollment

Director of Communications and E-learning

Cheryl-Ann Webster
Cheryl-Ann Webster
Communications and E-Learning

Award-winning artist, speaker, and videographer, Cheryl-Ann Webster, captures real-life stories in her art, and shares the lessons learned from the stage, and from the screen.

Cheryl-Ann’s passion has always been to use art as a teaching and healing tool. Be it working with one-one in her creative coaching practise or from the stage with an audience of 500.

A visual story-teller since she first scribbled on paper, Cheryl-Ann has never been concerned with how ‘pretty’ the image is, but has focussed intently on the story the image portrays, and feelings it evolves. She states “art is the voice of the soul – at times it sings, at times it screams, but it should never be silenced”.

Cheryl-Ann Webster holds a BA Honours in Culture & Communications from Lancaster University, ACC with the International Coach Federation and is a Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Currently, she is fulfilling a 20 year dream of becoming a Registered Art Therapist, at the same time as being the Director of Communications and E-Learning at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT).

Below is a video of Cheryl-Ann’s family-friendly Beautiful Women Project promoting body-confidence.

Communications and E-Learning

CiiAT FAQ

There are several CATA’s, but the one relevant to CiiAT is the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

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It is the acronym for the “Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy”

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Sister Schools

IPATT

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.

JIPATT

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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