Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More workshops for BC art therapists and those near by...

More workshops for art therapists in or near British Columbia. They sound wonderful (I wish I could be there). If you are interested in the overlap of aboriginal culture, ecology, and art therapy you might want to take a look at these.

Kutenai Art Therapy Institute
#201- 601 Front Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4B6


Explore Jung’s symbol of wholeness. Participants in this program will experience the therapeutic application of the mandala for therapist self-care, client assessment, intervention and treatment. All materials included. (15 hrs credit) Instructor: Lucille Proulx M.A., ATR is a registered art therapist & author with 20 years experience in Canada, USA & Thailand. $200
February 22: (6 pm - 9 pm)
February 23: (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
February 24: (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)

ART & the SACRED, Self Care Through Symbolic Healing
Symbolic healing involves sacred art making practices that allow connection to our ancestry and contribute to our sense of belonging. This “Healing the Healers” workshop explores symbolic healing and rituals including; sacred space, story telling, visualization and relaxation techniques. All materials included.
Instructor: Christine Lummis B.A., DKATI, RCAT is a registered art therapist & author of the “Use of Art in the Treatment of Addictions”. (12 hrs. credit) $200
Weekend - March 8 & 9th: (9 am – 4 pm)

Art can be used to address difficult issues facing young people today. Through visual and clinical presentation participants will explore; teen self-injury, suicide ideation & identity confusion. Violent imagery will be an aspect of the workshop. Open to: Clinicians, teachers, outreach staff and art therapy students.
Instructor: Christine Lummis B.A., DKATI, RCAT is a registered art therapist & author of the “Use of Art in the Treatment of Addictions”. (12 hrs. credit) $200
March 19 & 20th: (9 am – 4 pm)


ATTACHMENT ISSUES: ART THERAPY with Infants & Young Children
Theories of attachment, relationship and disorders of infancy & childhood. The parental-partnership role, tactile experience will be explored through art making, video presentation & role playing. All materials included. (12 hrs. credit) $200
Instructor: Lucille Proulx M.A., ATR is a registered art therapist & author with 20 years experience in Canada, USA & Thailand.
Weekend - April 12 & 13th (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)

FINDING YOUR FLOW, Art and Movement
Give your critical mind a rest. Discover how to let authentic creative expression come forward. This opening is followed by play, gestural & abstract painting. $80
Instructor: Christine Lummis B.A., DKATI, RCAT is a registered art therapist with 10 years experience.
March 30th: (10 am – 4 pm)

ACTION PAINTING, Personal Growth & Creative Exploration
Taking risks in art is metaphoric to finding creative ways to be in the world. Practice letting the art inform the outcome. No art experience is necessary. $80
Instructor: Christine Lummis B.A., DKATI, RCAT is a registered art therapist with 10 years experience, currently co-authoring a creative workbook for couples.
Weekend - April 20th: (9 am – 4 pm)

BODY AWARENESS, Through Creative Expression
Use art is a healing tool in understanding your relationship to your body and it’s stories. Participants will explore; color, personal symbols, body scanning and relaxation techniques. A body tracing chart, deep inner listening, writing and discussion will assist in mapping out inner territories and personal landmarks.
All materials included. $200
Instructor: Christine Lummis B.A., DKATI, RCAT is a registered art therapist with 10 yrs. experience and the author of: “Use of Art in the Treatment of Addictions”.
Weekend – May 3 & 4: (9 am – 4 pm)

Register early to avoid disappointment 250 352 2264
Kutenai Art Therapy Institute
#201 601 Front Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 4B6

Awakening the Heart Through the Arts


MAY 13 &14, 2008
Castlegar, BC

This symposium will take the perspective of the medicine wheel to approach aboriginal issues in health with a focus on the value of arts and culture in prevention, rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment. The workshops & presentations will focus on all aspects of the medicine wheel looking at the essential needs of human beings as: a sense of spirituality, sense of mastery, sense of connection, and a sense of well-being. Aboriginal cultures have traditionally integrated arts and culture in healing practices and the contemporary use of Art Therapy has proved to be a very valuable method and traditionally appropriate in addressing many of the physical and emotional issues facing aboriginal communities today. The symposium is about establishing healing and reconnection through the arts and igniting a fire of compassion and community action and creativity.
This symposium will bring together aboriginal artists, art therapists, health professionals, front line workers, community & cultural leaders to share a vision of approaching health and healing in community through culture and the arts. It is hope that this symposium will provide an opportunity for participants to articulate a vision for a new approach to health and healing in community through culture and the arts.

For more information please see the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute website or contact them directly: 1-800-580-6388 / 250-352-2264

Working with the Wheel
Presenter: Richard Campbell
This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the concept of integrating the Medicine Wheel as an empowering self-reflective tool in the art therapy process.

Building a Bridge
Presenters: Marie Anderson and Faith Louis-Adams
The workshop will provide individuals with the opportunity for self discovery through creativity in a group setting. Participants will be asked to create a self symbol with clay that will be incorporated into the group collaboration. Bridge building can provide connections between people through the sharing of ideas, decision making and problem solving.

ArtsCan Circle - Cooperative exploration of the Arts with Native Youth at Risk
Presenters: Mike Stevens and Tracie Harrison
Mike and Tracie would like to share with you their experiences making artful connections with Native Youth. Through a multi-media presentation you will learn how Mike first became inspired to link creative artists with youth in isolated Canadian Native Communities and how he and several artist teams now make journeys up North each year to collaborate in artistic endeavors with youth.

Blow on that Thang! Heartfelt Harmonica Expressions
Mike Stevens has played in the Grand Ole Opry 300 times with Jim and Jesse. He has won numerous awards for his recordings and was made a “Kentucky Colonel” for his accomplishments in Bluegrass music. In addition to his music career Mike conducts Harmonica workshops with schools, corporations, and professionals of all sorts to loosen them up and get them expressing themselves creatively. In this workshop he will share his love of the harmonica and have you blowing a tune and expressing your emotions in no time flat!
Video presentation
Presenter: Tracie Harrison
Videos produced for Native youth in Pikangikum, a fly in only Northern Ontario Native community, will be presented and discussed. The videos address issues of suicide, solvent abuse and grief.

A Window to the Soul
Presenter: Monica Carpendale
This presentation will show the art therapy process of aboriginal clients: issues of grief, trauma, abuse and the impact of residential school will be covered. The case studies will illustrate the awakening of the spirit and recovery of a sense of well- being through the art therapy process.

Spirituality in the Workplace
Presenter: Dr. Duncan Grady and Rosalyn Grady.
Spiritual practice is not a means to an end, but an end in itself. Work, as distinguished form activity, can also be an end in itself. It is tempting to be more focused on future results than what is happening in the moment. By being present in the moment of work you can be more at ease and therefore more creative. Are you curious how? Come to this workshop and find out!

Panel on Ethics Issues working in a Therapeutic Capacity in Aboriginal Communities
Panelists: Carrie Reid, Donna Wright, Audrey Ward, Michelle Reid, Marina Richards
Experiential Workshop on Ethical Decision Making
Presenter: Monica Carpendale & Panel members
A 7-step model for ethical decision-making will be presented and participants will workshop a variety of ethical dilemmas in small groups.
Searching for Joy in the Chaos: Vicarious Trauma
Presenter: Carrie Reid, RCAT, PHd candidate
For community-based helpers who live and work with Trauma Survivors, an overview of western theory about Vicarious Trauma as well as the Indigenous experience where many helpers are trauma survivors themselves. We will provide information, skills, and tools for helpers: not just for when the overwhelm happens; but strategies for prevention.
Understanding Oppression and the Value of Art Therapy
Presenter: Audrey Ward, BSW, DKATI, RCAT
This workshop will explore the use and misuse of power in understanding oppression and the value of Art Therapy as a culturally appropriate approach to healing.

Walking between Worlds
Presenters: Marina Richards & Jan Souza
This experiential workshop will explore the Western and Indigenous paradigms to demonstrate the commonality of goals and the similarities and differences in the way healing is approached. The presentation will discuss the Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Plan and the importance of working with a wholistic approach.
Alternative Arts Therapies with Hard to Reach Youth
Presenter: Carrie Reid, RCAT, PHd candidate
Participants explore a variety of strategies for working with youth who have huge trust issues. She shares strategies that help and strategies that don’t. Carrie will talk specifically to some of the recent brain science AND how trauma and attachment are best served using non-verbal (art) strategies.
Practical Magic: Storytelling for people who live and work in their own communities
Presenter: Carrie Reid, RCAT, PHd candidate
This workshop is close to my heart. It is the opportunity for community-based helpers to tell their story. It is not a talking circle. It is not therapy. It is a poetry writing workshop… where we will share glimpses of our stories with people who perform magic.

Creation & the Artist: Rooted in a Contemplative Heart
Presenter: Jacqueline Fehlner Registered Art Therapist (R.C.A.T., O.A.T.R.) and Spiritual Director/Pastoral Care Worker
In this workshop, we will look at our roots that ground and connect us to a creative Spirit and to each other. We will take time to reflect upon the languages of love that have the potential to connect or distance us from each other. We will have the opportunity to create artwork from a contemplative stance.

Incarceration: Stigma or Refuge?
Presenter: Jean Tait
Utilizing art therapy within a Canadian correctional institution requires knowledge about security protocols, what to expect in a session, obstacles and surprises in a correctional environment, what isn’t advisable and other guidance about working in a women’s prison in western Canada.

Attachment Issues and Art Therapy Interventions
Presenter: Lucille Proulx
The presentation will introduce an effective method of working with the parent and infant or preschool child in an effort to resolve relationship problems. The information in this presentation will be invaluable to mental health professionals in prevention and early childhood fields. The participants will receive concrete suggestions about what materials and activities to use and then discuss the goals and meaning of the ensuing behaviors between the parent and child.

The Hoop of Life
Presenter: Kevin Locke
The workshop will explore contemporary challenges within a framework of traditional American Indian culture, history and values. Kevin will bring to the workshop his story telling, music, dance and humour to bring insight to the way traditional teaching address the four stages of life. Kevin’s Hoop Dance is a physical metaphor for the process of regeneration, which we are presently undergoing as one species within a planetary field of Life. Kevin's goal is "to raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings." His belief in the Unity of human kind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance, which illustrates "the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life."


Marie Anderson McCarthy, BFA, completed her course work and an honours practica in 2006 from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. Marie is a band member of the Kehewin and for the past year and a half she has been the Counselor and Art Therapist at the Kehewin Community Education Center, in the elementary school working with students in grade K- grade 6.

Richard Campbell, BFA, DKATI (thesis pending), is an artist and practicing Art Therapist in Boston Bar. He is a member of the N’Lakapamux Nation and is currently working for his band in the schools. His connection to nature gives him a deep appreciation of life and an in depth understanding of the Medicine Wheel, which he has integrated into his practice of Art Therapy.

Monica Carpendale, BFA, DVATI, RCAT, BCATR. Monica is the founder and executive director of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute and she has over 20 years of clinical practice in Art Therapy. She is the inventor of the Blue Heron series of nine therapeutic games to help children develop communication skills. She is currently excited about the development of eco art therapy and the relationship between art and poetry in self-exploration.

Jacqueline Fehlner, BA, D.T.A.T.I., R.C.A.T., O.A.T.R. a Registered Art Therapist and a Spiritual Director, has had a private practice in spiritual care since 1984 and in art therapy since 1993. She works mainly with those living with serious illness and with therapists and pastoral care professionals who support them. She works as an Art Therapist and Lay Chaplain at Highbourne Life Care Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Duncan Grady was raised in the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet tradition. Dr. Grady has studied and experienced native ceremony for years. He is a Buddhist practitioner, psychotherapist, hospice trainer and college professor.

Rosalyn Grady has a doctoral degree in Spiritual studies and is an educator, funeral celebrant and counselor. Rosalyn is a student of the International council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

Tracy Harrison, Visual Artist, Art Therapist, Child and Youth Mental Health Therapist, ArtsCan Circle Team Member and past Board member. Tracy has extensive experience working with At Risk Youth and has brought a variety of visual art experiences to the Northern Communities, which teachers continue to use today.

Marilyn James is the spokesperson for the Sinixt people. She is noted for her advocacy and her storytelling.

Kevin Locke (Tokeya Inajin is his Lakota name, meaning "The First to Arise") is Lakota (Hunkpapa Band of Lakota Sioux) and Anishinabe. He is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator.

Faith Louis-Adams is of the Samson Cree nation and was born in Hobbema, Alberta. She is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design and recently graduated from Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, B.C. She is currently working as a Youth Drug and Alcohol Addictions Counselor/Art Therapist and as an STV Outreach Worker in the community of Nakusp, B.C.

Lucille Proulx, M. A. ATR is a registered art therapist with many years of clinical and private practice experience. She has recently returned from a 2 -year assignment in Thailand, training mental health professions to work with abused children using art. She is an instructor at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, and the author of Strengthening Emotional Ties through Parent-child-dyad art therapy. Interventions for Infants and Preschoolers.

Carrie Reid, DVATI, RCAT is a Coast Salish woman who lives and works as a registered Art Therapist in her own community. She is currently completing her PHD research in Expressive Arts Therapies and loves to play Nintendo. She believes strongly in good friends, healthy elders and monthly doses of chocolate.

Michelle Reid, MSW, is an instructor at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She is completing her training as an art therapist at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute.
Marina Richards is a Metis woman, raised by her Cree Grandmother, who delights in helping people connect to their gifts, potential, and personal power. She is a facilitator with both contemporary and traditional skills, who uses the Medicine Wheel as a contextual framework in order to support people on their journey to joy and wellness. Marina is the Aboriginal Wellness Coordinator for the Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord: Kootenay Zone and has worked with Native people both on and off Reserve for over 15 years. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia.
Jan Souza, MA, DKATI, RCAT, is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and the Team leader for Child & Youth Mental Health (MCFD) in the West Kootenays. She has over 30 years of experience as a child and youth clinician. Jan is a clinical supervisor, and instructor at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute.
Mike Stevens, World Class Musician and Harmonica Player Extraordinaire and Founder of ArtsCan Circle. Mike has created unique ways to work with Youth At Risk. He has successfully developed musical instrument lending libraries in many communities and recently he accomplished another Northern dream – installing recording studios in Northern communities to facilitate the musical expression of Native Youth.

Jean Elizabeth Tait, DKATI (thesis pending) is a First Nations Artist/Art Therapist who has exhibited her “medicine” paintings and prints since 1992. Jean runs an open art studio, which has a high inner city client population in downtown Edmonton. Jean has run workshops and a women’s healing circle for several years. Jean pioneered an art therapy practica for 2 ½ years at the Edmonton Women’s Institute, a medium security prison.

Rene Therrien is the Minister of Culture for the Metis Nation of BC. He is an exceptional fiddler and will be bringing his music and energy to the symposium.
Audrey Ward, BSW, DKATI, RCAT, is from the Okanagan Nation. Audrey Ward is a registered art therapist with 10 years of clinical art therapy experience. Audrey has been an instructor at NVIT and she is noted for her workshops on oppression and the intergenerational impact of residential schools. She is currently working for the Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord as a Wellness coordinator.

Donna Wright is a family support worker at Nelson Community Services. She is aboriginal liason person for the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. She is a Metis grandmother that has been working and advocating for her community for many years.

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