Faculty & Staff

The CiiAT faculty & staff offers decades of clinical experience and diverse perspectives.

CiiAT Executive Director, RCAT, Instructor

Cheryl-Ann Webster
Cheryl-Ann Webster
Executive Director

Cheryl-Ann is the Executive 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 and is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist.

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

Executive Director

Michelle Winkel MA, MFT, ATR, REAT. Clinical and Academic Director, instructor

Michelle Winkel
Michelle Winkel
Clinical and Academic Director

Michelle Winkel, MA, MFT, ATR, REAT
CiiAT Clinical and Academic 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.

Clinical and Academic Director

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

    Lucille Proulx
    Lucille Proulx
    Director Emeritus

    Lucille Proulx
    MA, ATR, RCAT
    Director Emeritus

    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 L’Association des arts-thérapeutes du Québec.

    With over 50 years of experience working with children and parents in therapy, Lucille conducts specialized training workshops across the world.

    https://www.lucilleproulx.com/

      Director Emeritus

      School Registrar, Diploma Student

        Hedaya AlDaleel
        Hedaya AlDaleel
        School Registrar

        I am a multicolored canvas of different cultures and countries. I believe our life experiences make us who we are. Being raised in Dubai taught me diversity, multiculturalism, and respecting everyone regardless of their background or religion. Experiencing life in Canada has nurtured my curiosity to expand my horizons and keep an open heart because we are bound to learn something new.

        I am currently handling all Registrar-related work with my colleague, Tanika, at CiiAT. I am a graduate of the Clinical Art Therapy program at CiiAT since early 2021. Combining my experience with almost 3 years of training and education in Art Therapy, as well as my previous experience in the area of Fine Arts, therapeutic touch, and Dorn-therapy has enabled me to provide an open-minded, holistic, client-centred approach to my clients. My core belief is that everyone deserves to be heard, and everyone deserves a chance to express themselves.

        I am honoured to have contributed to the pilot research study that was handled by the Virtual Art therapy clinic at CiiAT, and I am passionate about the ongoing research in the field of art therapy.
        I specialize in virtual art therapy and am passionate about helping women struggling with mental health issues. I primarily work closely with immigrants, new moms, and women going through transitions in their lives.

          School Registrar

          Executive Assistant

            Melissa Yue
            Melissa Yue
            Executive Assistant

            Prior to life at CiiAT, Melissa Yue worked as an ESL instructor for six years in various ESL schools in Canada, including one that she co-founded. She has a BA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria and has always had a passion for learning about other cultures and connecting people through their similarities. 

            Melissa joined CiiAT because she has always had a deep interest in art, teaching, and the human experience. She wants to help CiiAT reach its full potential as a school. As an introvert at heart, she’s enamoured with the idea of art therapy being an alternative to conventional talk therapy.

            In her spare time, Melissa enjoys writing, cooking meals large enough to feed a family of 8, and trying to prevent her dog from eating lost mittens.

              Executive Assistant

              Technical Support Lead

                Jay Ko
                Jay Ko
                Technical Support Lead

                Jay Ko grew up loving art and always knew that he wanted it to be a part of his life. He has a background in marketing and editing children’s cartoons, but after spending five years working in advertising, he knew he needed to move on.

                Jay has always wanted to be part of an art community that has meaning and a purpose in helping others. He joined the CiiAT team because he strongly believes in the company mission and the services that they offer. He understands the many benefits that therapy can bring to a person’s life and wants to be a part of eliminating the stigma around therapy. 

                  Technical Support Lead

                  Christel Bodenbender, MA, CertAT, ITIL Certified, CYA-500RYT Program and Research Coordinator

                    Christel Bodenbender
                    Christel Bodenbender
                    Program and Research Coordinator

                    Christel Bodenbender, MA, CertAT, ITIL Certified, CYA-500RYT
                    Program and Research Coordinator

                    After growing up in Germany, Christel graduated from the University of Victoria, Canada, with a B.Sc. in Geography and M.A. in Linguistics. Dealing with life struggles during her university studies, she realized that digital art making was her personal therapy, which enticed her to obtain a Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy at the B.C. School of Art Therapy in Victoria.

                    Following her M.A., Christel began to work in the field of IT support at the University of Victoria and later at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She also started to write and is now a published author, focusing on speculative fiction with a cosmic, spiritual touch. Recently, she deepened her love for yoga with two trips to Rishikesh, India, to get 500 hours of yoga teacher training that enriches her life and complements her art therapy training. Driven by her desire to help others and her interest in digital technology, her art therapy practice can be found online.

                    From 2017 to 2021 she was honored to serve as the President of the Proulx Education and Community Foundation, which oversees the business of CiiAT.

                      Program and Research Coordinator

                      Ph.D. Cand., CCC, RCAT, RP (inactive)

                        Haley Toll
                        Haley Toll
                        Thesis & Arts-Based Project Coordinator

                        Haley Toll, Ph.D. Cand., CCC, RCAT, RP (inactive) is the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal and Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is also the Co-convener of Arts & Health Research Exchange Group at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.

                        As a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and Certified Canadian Counselor, she has worked with children and adults internationally and across Canada in primarily trauma-care related to cancer diagnosis, sexual abuse, and other psychological and emotional challenge since 2010. She has worked in the capacity of an art therapist, counsellor, policy and/or psychosocial support advisor in: the Mongolian Ministry of Labor and Social Protection in Ulaanbaatar, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Sea to Sky Community Services Society in Squamish, the Miriam Foundation in Montreal, the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone, and Stepping Stones International in Mochudi. As an educator, Haley has trained mental health practitioners and students in Botswana, Thailand, Edmonton, and Mongolia in art therapy, arts-informed, and crisis intervention practices.

                        Haley was the President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association from 2016-2019 and the Director of Communications from 2013-2016. Her current doctoral research intermixes multicultural and international art therapy and arts-based research, with a focus on supporting newcomer women in Canada. Haley is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award Recipient (2019). She was also awarded the Lakehead Arts Integrated Research Award (2021), School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Award (2019), Ellen Gillis Memorial Scholarship (2019), Edith Creighton Scholarship (2019), Women’s Association of Memorial University Doctoral Scholarship (2018), School of Graduate Studies Baseline Scholarship (2017), and the Campaign for the New Millennium Contribution Scholarship (2009).

                          Thesis & Arts-Based Project Coordinator

                          Registrar

                            Tanika Obeyesekere
                            Tanika Obeyesekere
                            Registrar

                            Tanika Obeyesekere (yes, her name is a real tongue twister) hails from Sri Lanka, was born and raised in Dubai, and studied in the US. Her professional career is just as eclectic. Having over 18 years of experience in 9 different industries, first as a Customer Service Agent and then as a Marketing Professional, Tanika thrives in expressing herself creatively and being of service and help to people. If that’s not a winning combination to be part of the fascinating world of art therapy! Tanika joined CiiAT because she loves how art therapy can foster healing in a person’s life, and she wants to be part of the solution in any way she can.

                            In her spare time… what spare time? If she’s not working, she’s studying, if she’s not studying, she’s practicing her music for an event, if she’s not doing that, she’s coaching. But that’s how she enjoys life – by doing things she is passionate about.

                              Registrar

                              Practicum & Supervision Coordinator

                                Hannah Whittall
                                Hannah Whittall
                                Practicum & Supervision Coordinator

                                Hannah originally graduated with a diploma in the culinary arts. After cooking professionally for nearly ten years, she returned to school following her interest in human psychology and arts-based therapy. Hannah hopes to provide a safe and comfortable space for self-expression, exploration, soothing, and problem-solving.

                                Art has been a lifelong passion and hobby for Hannah and she spends her free time creating in her studio, building in her woodshop, and growing in her garden.

                                  Practicum & Supervision Coordinator

                                  Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

                                    Cat Park
                                    Cat Park
                                    Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant
                                    An enthusiast of eating snacks and trying to pet every feline she comes across, Cat likes to spend her time absorbing all types of media. Cat has a BA in illustration and draws on the side taking commissions and freelancing whenever possible, coupled with a job at CiiAT as an Administrative Assistant. For several years Cat worked in the entertainment industry working with big name movie clients as a compositor but found that that work environment wasn’t for her.
                                    Cat has always been a big advocate for all kinds of therapy for all sorts of situations no matter how big or small it feels, for everybody during any stage of their life. Art therapy has always been an interest and Cat finds great joy in being a part of a wonderful team that works hard to help those in need to be better versions of themselves.
                                      Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

                                      Administrator

                                        Sarah Chaplin-Johal
                                        Sarah Chaplin-Johal
                                        Administrator

                                        Sarah is located in Victoria, BC, and loves all that Vancouver Island has to offer. With a background in administrative support and a long history in retail, she brings with her a love for people and service. After many years of being comfortable in the retail industry, Sarah decided that she wanted to seek a career that provided her with a deeper purpose. As a part of CiiAT, Sarah enjoys helping people along their art therapy journey and is inspired by the team she works alongside. In her free time, you can find her reading, listening to podcasts, or laughing at her own jokes.

                                          Administrator

                                          Instructor

                                            Marilyn Hahn
                                            Marilyn Hahn
                                            Instructor

                                            After thousands of heART-centered therapy, workshop, classroom, and one-on-one conversations grounded in solid research and science, Marilyn is more convinced than ever that transformation is possible!

                                            She is a Professional Art Therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a post-graduate diploma in Art Therapy… and married, widowed, remarried, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend. So many life experiences have added up to years of witnessing transformation: teaching children and adults, facilitating therapeutic and narrative writing workshops, designing curriculum, life and business coaching, workshopping, personality typing (Myers Briggs and Enneagram work), grief counselling, and now establishing a face-to-face private therapy practice in South Surrey-White Rock, British Columbia and an online therapy platform serving heart-seekers from around the world.

                                            Marilyn was drawn to art therapy after teaching her last high school class with too little support, where almost half her students were “high needs” with below-grade academic skills. So she used art to help kids learn – not textbooks or blackboards -and witnessed incredible transformations in their academic abilities, confidence levels, and respect for the Other. She came to discover, after resigning her teaching positions to attend CiiAT, that art-making in the classroom was what heART-making is in the therapeutic studio, transformation. After hundreds of direct client hours, she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that limitations, anxieties, depression, relationship challenges, loneliness, confusion, poor self-esteem, etc., when companioned by therapeutic art-making and safe conversation, can be transformed into joy, beauty, and healing. Marilyn now commits her “retirement years” into refirement hours, where she both gives and receives time and space for safe conversations, expression of raw emotions, self-care and creativity, growth and, of course, transformation.

                                              Instructor

                                              Instructor

                                                Shauna Kaendo
                                                Shauna Kaendo
                                                Instructor

                                                I am an art therapist in Victoria BC – located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Lekwungen speaking people, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations – in awe and gratitude for their historical and ongoing stewardship of these beautiful lands. And honoured to step into a commitment of learning, unlearning, and collaborative stewardship of land and community.

                                                I LOVE THIS WORK and every minute that I am fortunate enough to do and share it. The spaces that I facilitate are inclusive – all genders, colours, orientations, binary and norm busting, queer minded and bodied folks are welcome and respected. The work that I do is rooted in embodied creative curiosity …in building an understanding of what our experiences ARE in this world… and enlisting our curiosity & creativity in building care practices for supporting ourselves in that. Learning how we can BE in this world in ways that feel good. BE in our relationships, in our communities in ways that feel supportive, curious, creative.

                                                More information: www.heyshauna.com

                                                  Instructor

                                                  Instructor

                                                    Sharona Bookbinder
                                                    Sharona Bookbinder
                                                    Instructor

                                                    Sharona Bookbinder has been a Registered Art Therapist for 27 years and has been employed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with a specialization in geriatric dementia care and palliation for the past 18+ years. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Sharona completed her Doctorate in Leadership research with a focus on the business of healthcare, stakeholder relations and leadership, and has her Masters of Business Administration specializing in Innovation Leadership. Sharona also has skills in curriculum design experience, and implementation of health leadership competencies within an anti-oppression and cultural humility framework. She is a creative problem solver and critical thinker with extensive knowledge of the health care field, having worked both with internal and external partners.

                                                      Instructor

                                                      Instructor

                                                        Aditi Kaul
                                                        Aditi Kaul
                                                        Instructor

                                                        Aditi Kaul
                                                        BA,MA,UNESCO-CID Grade 5 DMT

                                                        After completing her Masters in Psychology from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai and her Grade 5 UNESCO and Council of International Dance certified Movement Therapy course; she began working as an Expressive Arts Based Therapist in Fortis Healthcare, New Delhi; India. She has been running the expressive arts based therapy programme across the country for Fortis Healthcare since 2013.

                                                        Aditi discovered her love for the arts and art therapy (in spite of being asked to leave her art class for lack of skill/perfection in class 7) when she attended a workshop on poetry, movement & art therapy by an organization working with survivors of trafficking and abuse in 2010 which was the most powerful, overwhelming and transforming experience that allowed her to actively push to train in art therapy with a focus on trauma work. She has worked passionately to bring art therapy in India to clinical settings and now Fortis is a hospital chain with the largest mental health care and art therapy team in the country! Prior to this she worked through university and after for 4 years with The YP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working with young people on enabling leadership, with issues ranging from education and healthcare to SRHR as a project head for Blending Spectrum (children living in the streets/slum dwellings on health education life skills and mental health using the arts).

                                                        In 2020, she graduated from the CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Program and is currently working towards registration as an art therapist.

                                                        She works with a range of clients including working with persons diagnosed with trauma, anxiety, depressive disorders, disorders of childhood, adolescents as well as stresses of day to day life using psychotherapeutic techniques including visual art, movement, writing, storytelling, play, and music. The art therapy team under her leadership works extensively with in-patients. In health, psychology plays a pivotal role where they work directly with patients admitted for physical health conditions and in tertiary care in collaboration with other medical departments conducting arts-based support groups, therapeutic groups (breast cancer, dialysis, pediatric oncology, burns and trauma), palliative care, grief work, and rehabilitative work with patients in recovery.

                                                        She has done many preventive mental health workshops with schools, colleges and NPOs as well as capacity building workshops across the country and has been teaching “Expressive Arts in Clinical Practice” for the last 6 years in collaboration with UNESCO and the Council of International Dance, amongst other short term courses. She has also spoken on mental health and art therapy at forums including the WHO, AIIMS, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Youth Ki Awaaz, Youth for Mental Health, Jindal University, Delhi University, Dhempe University Goa, Hope B Lit, Music Basti and CMTAI, Save The Children and TedXJMC.

                                                        She has also co-authored and published two life skills books with Macmillan and is a contributor to the book “Virtual Art Therapy in Research & Practice” published by Routledge. In addition, Aditi has written articles for various newspapers, e-journals, and she was featured on a series of podcasts with Habits Matter, Empathy4You and Mind U – My Upchaar on mental health, art therapy and wellbeing. Aditi can be seen featured if numerous social media live streams and e-panels about mental health.

                                                          Instructor

                                                          Instructor

                                                            Judith Siano
                                                            Judith Siano
                                                            Instructor

                                                            Judith Siano, MA is currently a registered art therapist and supervisor. In the years 2002-2017 she worked as a chair of the Israeli Association of Creative and Expressive Therapies Ethics Committee. 1987-2016 Judith Siano taught at the university of Haifa and teaches now at the Academic and Technology College of Tel-Hai. She still works in her art therapy studio with both clients and other therapists. She is the initiator and head of the DROP IN – WIN WIN project which provides art therapy for adolescents at risk. Judith lectures on trauma, adolescence, and ethics in therapy. She was a guest teacher in summer courses at KATI 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and now teaches with CiiAT since December of 2020. Judith Siano has published articles in professional journals in Israel and abroad. In 2016 her book “Holy Junk – Lost, Found and Rejected Objects in Art Therapy” was published in Hebrew and in English. She has co-produced three art therapy documentary films. In Judith’s dream, it is possible to change a gloomy reality by means of art, which instills hope. She lives in Haifa, Israel, with her family.

                                                              Instructor

                                                              Instructor

                                                                Kim O’Leary
                                                                Kim O’Leary
                                                                Instructor

                                                                Kim O’Leary was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and moved west to Edmonton, Alberta to pursue a diploma in Child and Youth Care Counselling. In her work with youth, she was introduced to the use of art therapy and psychodrama in working with groups. Her interest in working directly with people was strengthened through her completion of a Bachelor degree in Social Work at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and she has been registered to practice through the Alberta College and subsequently the BC College of Social Workers since 1995. Her Social Work training provided her with a foundation of understanding and skill in the areas of structural and anti-oppressive practice as she gained a diversity of experience working in non-profit, institutional care, psychiatric care and private practice.

                                                                Inspired to explore the intersection of healing, human creativity and spirituality, in 2009 Kim completed a Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality degree with a specialization in Art Therapy through St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton, Alberta. At the same time, she completed an Expressive Arts Apprenticeship through the World Arts Organization and pursued additional training whereby she achieved certification as a Hakomi Therapist. Since coming to Vancouver Island in 2011, she completed training to support her designation as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Balancing between teaching and her private practice, she continues to pursue post-graduate studies in the area of developmental trauma and build her capacity to support individuals and community in the use of sensory motor art therapy techniques.

                                                                  Instructor

                                                                  Instructor

                                                                    Monica Hinrichs
                                                                    Monica Hinrichs
                                                                    Instructor

                                                                    The many places and stories of my mixed cultural background have exposed me to different cultures, views, beliefs that have greatly enriched my life and ultimately influenced my career in clinical practice first and art therapy after.
                                                                    I am by trade a Registered Social Worker with three decades of experience and practice in mental health. I have graduated as an Art Therapist from CiiAT, and I am currently a Registered Art Therapist with CATA.
                                                                    I have developed many specialties during my long-standing career ranging from Attachment Informed clinical practice to supporting a wide range of mental health related issues during the prenatal-adolescence period.
                                                                    My many concurring years of after-hours crisis work have also exposed me to human suffering throughout the life span, promoting personal awareness in my role as clinician and art therapist. I am dedicated to the use of art therapy to enable the unsayable to be said, the unmentionable to be mentioned, the unforgettable to be held.
                                                                    I will be forever grateful to my CiiAT family for the great gift of art therapy that I received, and I use it by promoting creative expression in my work with clients, inspiring other clinicians and advocating for art therapy in my community.
                                                                    When I don’t work or study, I am a dedicated mother and grandmother. I love nature and mixed media art.

                                                                      Instructor

                                                                      Art Therapist

                                                                        Chelsea Howard
                                                                        Chelsea Howard
                                                                        Art Therapist
                                                                        As a teenager, Chelsea Howard decided that she wanted to become an Art Therapist, and although the journey was by no means direct, she is now practicing her dream job! Since receiving her Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, she has worked with people from all stages and phases of life through private practice as well as through different agencies in the Vancouver Island community.
                                                                        She strongly identifies as an Art Therapist and feel it is in alignment with her way of being in the world. Creativity has always served as her practice of wellness and self-exploration, so it felt natural to enter an area of work where she could support others to do the same.
                                                                        When Chelsea is not in her role of Art Therapist, she is spending time with her human and animal family, and exploring the incredible natural world around us.
                                                                          Art Therapist

                                                                          Frances Bryant-Scott, MSW, DipATh, BCATR

                                                                            Frances Bryant-Scott
                                                                            Frances Bryant-Scott
                                                                            Instructor

                                                                            Frances Bryant-Scott, MSW, DipATh, BCATR

                                                                            Frances (Franny) Bryant-Scott is a compassionate and playful Canadian artist, Art Therapist, and arts-based interfaith spiritual director and coach living on the island of Crete in Greece.

                                                                            After completing a BA in Comparative Religions, she graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 1989. Feeling scraped raw by the work, she soon left to follow more artistic and manual pursuits such as weaving, costume making, and furniture arts. It wasn’t until decades later that she understood what had been missing from the work (in addition to a lack of trauma-informed theory and brain science) was the grounding and healing element of art – both for herself as a practitioner and her clients.

                                                                            Franny re-entered the therapeutic field a decade ago through bereavement work at Victoria Hospice and has a special interest in deepening the conversation about death in our death-phobic culture. Ever since she created objects and rituals of remembrance for wild birds and family pets as a small child, she has intuitively grasped the transformative power of art to help us hold both the beauty and suffering in our lives. She studied Art Therapy at the BC School of Art Therapy, graduating in 2012, and served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the BC Art Therapy Association in the positions of Student Representative, Secretary, Vice President, and President.

                                                                            Creativity and spirituality now inform every aspect of her work whether it’s her sculptural felt and hand-built clay art, or running workshops on using art as a spiritual practice, facilitating conversations about death, or working one on one with clients who want to attend to their deepest truth.

                                                                              Instructor

                                                                              Instructor, Clinical services

                                                                                Dawn Olson
                                                                                Dawn Olson
                                                                                Instructor, Clinical services
                                                                                Dawn is a Registered Art Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy. Expertise acquired from a variety of issues and people has led to teaching, writing, and her current private practice. Her expertise is centered around eating disorders, mental health crisis and assessment, emotional dysregulation, trauma, and various anxiety disorders.
                                                                                Dawn was first drawn to art therapy when, at a mask-making intensive, she was struck by the power of the art object to inform the maker. Dawn loves making art with simple materials: from paper and pencil for life drawings to cardboard for giant sculptures.
                                                                                  Instructor, Clinical services

                                                                                  Oona

                                                                                    Oona McClure
                                                                                    Oona McClure
                                                                                    AWSC Supervisor

                                                                                    I am an art therapist and creative wellness facilitator that is passionate about celebrating the gifts of the healing arts. As an art therapist, I employ respectful, empathetic and client-centred counselling practices. I have a wealth of experience delivering engaging, thoughtful, responsive, and creatively enriching arts-based therapy to clients in private practice and in partnership with local community programs/organizations. I am passionate about nurturing imagination, empowerment and confidence.

                                                                                    My goal is to support you as you engage in new ways to express yourself and to accompany you on a journey towards new possibilities

                                                                                      AWSC Supervisor

                                                                                      Thesis Advisor, MA, RCC, RCAT

                                                                                        Chantelle Smith
                                                                                        Chantelle Smith
                                                                                        Thesis Advisor

                                                                                        Chantelle Smith, MA, RCC, RCAT

                                                                                        Chantelle Smith is passionate about art, learning and mentoring. She completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and her Post Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from the B.C. School of Art Therapy concurrently in 2011.

                                                                                        Chantelle’s focus has always been working with and supporting children, youth and families, and from 2011 – 2019, she worked as a Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Clinician with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). In 2019, she became a CYMH Policy Consultant with MCFD, and is now using her experience and knowledge of working with children, youth and families as a clinician to help inform and develop relevant policies to support clinical practice.

                                                                                        Since 2016, Chantelle has also been a volunteer with Inspire Health, creating and delivering art therapy workshops for patients impacted by cancer.

                                                                                          Thesis Advisor

                                                                                          Sarah Bradley, BA, DipATh, MA, BCATR, RCC

                                                                                            Sarah Bradley
                                                                                            Sarah Bradley
                                                                                            Instructor

                                                                                            Sarah Bradley, BA, DipATh, MA, BCATR, RCC

                                                                                            After completing high school, Sarah Bradley attended art college. She didn’t aspire to be a “successful artist” but was fascinated by the ‘person behind the painting’ and the way less conscious material became evident through art. After arriving in Victoria in the late 70’s, she discovered Kay Collis’ Art Therapy Department at the Victoria Mental Health Centre. She trained as an art therapist with Kay and went on to participate in the BC School of Art Therapy for many years.

                                                                                            For the past 2 decades, Sarah has utilised art therapy every day as she works with children, youth, and families who have experienced abuse or relationship violence. She has also completed extensive training in the use of somatic approaches to therapy. Visual art is her raison d’etre and she also loves music and dance.

                                                                                              Instructor

                                                                                              Nicola Shaw, PG Clinical Art Therapy, PGCE Art and Design, BA Photography

                                                                                                Nicola Shaw
                                                                                                Nicola Shaw
                                                                                                Instructor

                                                                                                Nicola Shaw, PG Clinical Art Therapy, PGCE Art and Design, BA Photography

                                                                                                For the past 20 years, Nicola Shaw has had a desire to have a career within the field of art therapy. After gaining a BA in Photography and then teaching art and photography for twelve years in high school settings, the calling to qualify as an art therapist rung loudly once again. She believes that teaching is fantastic and it is also aligns to rubric and assessment models of performance and achievement.

                                                                                                As an art therapist, Nicola values journeying alongside her clients in individual or group settings, and watching the transition and transformation in seeing clients ultimately help themselves through gaining clarity and confidence. Her recent research and dedication is within the new and evolving field of eco-art psychotherapy.

                                                                                                  Instructor

                                                                                                  Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA, RCAT. Instructor

                                                                                                    Patricia Williams
                                                                                                    Patricia Williams
                                                                                                    Instructor

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                      Instructor

                                                                                                      Instructor & Site Supervisor, MSW, RCSW, BT

                                                                                                        Tehani Burnett
                                                                                                        Tehani Burnett
                                                                                                        Instructor & Site Supervisor

                                                                                                        Tehani Burnett, MSW, RCSW, BT

                                                                                                        Tehani Burnett is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and has worked for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Technology in Aviation Flight in 2001, and a Master of Social Work in 2004. In 2020, she graduated from the CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Program and is currently working towards registration as an art therapist. She loves working with a variety of clients. While she has considerable experience with children and youth, her emerging focus is on relationships, attachment, vulnerability, emotional safety, and trauma.

                                                                                                        Tehani was born in Jamaica and raised in Ontario. She has two cats and is a lifelong artist. Things really took off for her in the art department in 2014, when she began to learn to paint intuitively from people like Jesse Reno, Flora Bowley, and Kelley Rae Roberts.

                                                                                                          Instructor & Site Supervisor

                                                                                                          International Instructor

                                                                                                            Pierre Plante
                                                                                                            Pierre Plante
                                                                                                            International Instructor
                                                                                                            Pierre has been a full-time professor at  l’Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM) since 2006, where he teaches art therapy and the psychology of creativity. With the help of doctorate students in his lab, he acts as research director of many undergoing research projects, in ways to contribute to a better understanding of the unique dimension of art therapy in mental health. His perspective in psychology is mostly situated in humanistic and phenomenological orientation.
                                                                                                            He has been involved in the Quebec Art Therapy Association for more than 20 years, acting as president most of the time. He has worked as an art therapist in community setup and in private practice, working with families, children, and adults. Since 2019, he has collaborated as an associate instructor with CiiAT.
                                                                                                            Pierre showed interest in visual arts and music from a very early age. These two domains are still essential in his life. He perceives them as a way to maintain a creative and healthy dialogue between reality and the imaginary world.
                                                                                                              International Instructor

                                                                                                              International Instructor, Ph.D., ATR. Instructor, Japan and Thailand

                                                                                                                Vera Heller
                                                                                                                Vera Heller
                                                                                                                International Instructor

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                  International Instructor

                                                                                                                  International Instructor. Annoual, M.A.; Ethnocultural Art Therapist. Instructor, Thailand

                                                                                                                    Pascal C. Annoual
                                                                                                                    Pascal C. Annoual
                                                                                                                    International Instructor

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                      International Instructor

                                                                                                                      International Instructor, D. PS., CATA, ATPQ, Instructor, Thailand

                                                                                                                        Johanne Hamel
                                                                                                                        Johanne Hamel
                                                                                                                        International Instructor

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        https://www.johannehamel.com/

                                                                                                                          International Instructor

                                                                                                                          Instructor

                                                                                                                            Nancy Currie
                                                                                                                            Nancy Currie
                                                                                                                            Instructor

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                              Instructor

                                                                                                                              International Instructor, PhD, DKATI, RCAT. Instructor, Japan

                                                                                                                                Christine Lummis
                                                                                                                                Christine Lummis
                                                                                                                                International Instructor

                                                                                                                                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’.

                                                                                                                                www.arttherapyservices.ca

                                                                                                                                  International Instructor

                                                                                                                                  Thesis Advisor, MA, RCAT. Instructor, Japan

                                                                                                                                    Lindsay Clarke
                                                                                                                                    Lindsay Clarke
                                                                                                                                    Thesis Advisor

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                      Thesis Advisor

                                                                                                                                      Patcharin Sughondhabirom, MD, Program Director of IPATT, Thailand

                                                                                                                                        Patcharin Sughondhabirom
                                                                                                                                        Patcharin Sughondhabirom
                                                                                                                                        IPATT Director

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                          IPATT Director

                                                                                                                                          Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT Japan

                                                                                                                                            Kazutaka Shibasaki
                                                                                                                                            Kazutaka Shibasaki
                                                                                                                                            JIPATT Director

                                                                                                                                            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).

                                                                                                                                              JIPATT Director

                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki, Director of JIPATT, Japan

                                                                                                                                                Chikako Shibasaki
                                                                                                                                                Chikako Shibasaki
                                                                                                                                                JIPATT Director

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                  JIPATT Director

                                                                                                                                                  Board Members

                                                                                                                                                  Cathryn Yakemchuk – President

                                                                                                                                                  Deborah Yaffe – Vice President

                                                                                                                                                  Anne de Verteuil – Treasurer

                                                                                                                                                  Michelle Winkel – Secretary

                                                                                                                                                  Stephanie Staples – Member-at-Large

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