MSW, PhD, DVATI
As a Metis/Mitchif nature lover, I have lived and worked in rural and remote areas for most of my life. I completed a clinical MSW Masters in Social Work as a clinical therapist in 1985, and obtained a PhD at Dalhousie in 1996 focusing on revitalizing aboriginal traditional knowledge for healing and teaching. In 2005 I trained as an art therapist at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I have also studied with indigenous elders and healers and participated in indigenous healing traditions.
I specialize in providing supports to victims of sexual violence, trauma, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), low self esteem and depression. I continue to work intensively with survivors and descendants of survivors throughout the Indian Residential School Settlement and the Truth and Reconciliation processes.
My writings include Circle Works: Transforming Eurocentric Consciousness (1998); and Healing Wounded Hearts (2004), both published through Fernwood Press.
Since graduating from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in 2013, Juanita has been working as a professional art therapist and mental health and addictions counselor in the Kootenays. She shares her passion for integrating mental health treatment into cross cultural contexts and traditional healing methods, existential psychotherapy, eco-therapy and expressive therapies with children, adults and Aboriginal populations. Juanita aims to inspire a holistic approach to education and healing through the creative process and a celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit.
MA, ATPQ, ATR, RCAT
Lucille Proulx, M.A., ATR, RCAT 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. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and The Association des Arts-therapeutes du Quebec (AATQ), a member of the Advisory Committee of Arts Health Canada, and current Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is a Director of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT) and Executive Director of their clinical training program in Thailand and Japan. Lucille conducts specialized training workshops for professionals and parents across the United States, abroad, and in Canada. She is the author of Strengthening Emotional Ties through Parent-Child-Dyad Art Therapy.
Thesis Advisor & Reader
Marcia Braundy is a Construction Carpenter with a PhD in Technology Studies, reflecting upon the world from a feminist perspective. She has been a community organizer, educator, activist, and leader of local and national organizations in support of increasing women in trades and technology, and other social change issues. Her early passions led to the development of 5 alternative schools, three of which are still in operation today. She is particularly good at assisting people to identify the directions and paths they wish to follow, and helping them to develop the resources to help them on that journey. The centrepiece of her dissertation was a play, performed in the Brave New Play Rites Festival at UBC, and successfully defended in 2004.
BA, BAA, DKATI
Jeremy is a commercial/fine art photographer living in Nelson. He is a graduate of York University, Ryerson Institute, and the Art Therapy Institute. He is the facilitator of the Men's Day Treatment Program in the West Kootenays. He has been a college instructor for a dozen years. Jeremy specializes in Phototherapy workshops and lectures.
MA, REAT, CAGS, PhD
Markus is a performance artist and musician who paints. He is a registered expressive arts therapist in private practice as well as the founder/director of World Arts Organization. Markus is senior faculty at the European Graduate School in Switzerland and on faculty of St. Stephen's College. He has taught recently in Sweden, Peru and Jamaica focusing on working with the arts to respond to community difficulty.
Bruce is a Charter Member of the BCATA, a past president, and an Honorary Life Member. He has presented workshops, been in private practice and taught Expressive Therapies at the University of Victoria for 25 years, where he is an adjunct professor in the School of Child & Youth Care. Bruce is author of the clinical textbook Expressive Therapies Now, and various articles on art therapy.
BA, M.A. Art Psychotherapy
Sibylle Cseri, BFA Univ. of New Mexico, M.A. Art Psychotherapy Univ. of Barcelona. Sibyelle is an art therapist specializing in Post-adoption and Foster Care. Lecturer and Supervisor at M.A. in Art Therapy at the Univ. of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain and at M.A. in Art Therapy at the Kunstakademie in Berlin. She is a co-founder of the Spanish Art Therapy Association and the Spanish Federation of Art Therapists, as well as a member of the European Network of Art Therapists. Sibyelle has been a guest lecturer at KATI on multiple occasions.
BA, DKATI, RCAT
Christine is a professional Art Therapist specializing in adult insight-oriented therapy, expressive movement, trauma, abuse, grief and loss, addictions and mental health issues. She has run an Intensive Day Treatment Program for women with addictions in the West Kootenays for the past five years, using a therapeutic art approach.
Judith Siano is a registered art therapist and supervisor and chair of the ICET Ethics Committee, Judith Siano works in an art therapy studio with adolescents, young adults, clients and therapists and in other settings, such as advisor to the Ministry of Welfare in therapeutic interventions for youth at risk. She is the initiator and head of the DROP IN – WIN WIN project and lectures in Israel and abroad on trauma, adolescence, and ethics in therapy and has published articles in professional journals in Israel and abroad. She has co-produced 3 art therapy documentary films: “Totem: To create a safe place for adolescents in Art Therapy”, “The little toe has a new meaning: Art Therapists merging with the desert’s shades” and “DROP IN – WIN WIN: Art Therapy with adolescents at risk – A multi-cultural project at the graduate school of creative arts at the University of Haifa in cooperation with the ministry of welfare.” In Judith’s dream, it is possible to change a gloomy reality by means of art, which instills hope.