Executive Director Instructor Supervisor Thesis Advisor & Reader Placement Art Therapy Clinician
Monica is the founder and executive director of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, BC. She has 25 years of experience in Art Therapy, teaching, supervising and clinical practice. In 2009, Monica published her first book entitled Essence and Praxis in the Art Therapy Studio and her first art therapy DVD entitled An Angel with a Broken Wing. She has recently returned from teaching art therapy in Israel.
BCACC, MA, DKATI, RCAT
Instructor Supervisor Thesis Advisor & Reader
Millie graduated from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in 2001, and completed a Masters in Counseling in 2008. She is a registered Canadian art therapist and a registered BC clinical counselor. Areas of special interest and work experience include ending violence against women, trauma resolution, palliative care, grief and loss, mental health and addictions, child and youth mental health and family systems. Millie works from a strong systemic foundation, integrating body psychotherapy and a mindfulness approach into her practice. She currently has a part time private art therapy/counseling practice.
I am a mother, educator, art therapist, artist, musician and advocate. All of these parts of myself weave together to reflect my career as a healing professional. My fundamental belief is that a career should be meaningful and contribute to the well-being of self, others and the world. It is always my goal in adult education, as an art therapist and in all aspects of my life to be a compassionate, community-minded, humanistic and creative person. I have been a professional art therapist for nine years and I am in my sixth year as a faculty member of Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. My experience includes art therapy with children, youth, parents, adults and professionals in a variety of settings. I am currently studying in the Master of Arts in Integrated Studies Program at Athabasca University. I love to expand my mind through the exploration of new horizons.
Instructor Assistant Instructor Tech Suppor
Samuel is a graduate of the 2013-2014 cohort at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. He is a group facilitator and the author of the facilitator's manual for Transitions for Men, a pre-employment program for men with a history of trauma. His other areas of therapeutic focus include trauma, grief & loss, struggles with identity, relationship difficulties, and existential wounding. In addition to working with men, Samuel is passionate about supporting couples, and queer & genderqueer/trans folk. His background in social action theatre and performance poetry has given him a strong foundation in the use of metaphor as a healing tool.
Fyre Jean Graveline
MSW, PhD, DVATI
Adjunct Faculty Presenter
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.
Michelle Juba Reid
Jennifer graduated from the institute in 2004. Having completed her thesis on the benefits of art therapy with the elderly, she went on to work in private practice at Clear Water Art Therapy Services and specialized in the area of brain injury. She continued to pursue this interest with her work at the West Kootenay Brain Injury Association, and then co-founded the Brain Harmony Centre in Nelson, BC.
After twelve years in the field of art therapy Jen still is amazed at the empowering and reflective qualities the work inspires. Now, as Registrar of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Jen enjoys being part of the support along the student's journey to becoming Canada's next art therapists.
Katherine Reades completed her BA at Trent University in Sociology and Women's Studies. She is a part-time Administrator for KATI as of June 2015. The mother of a rambunctious 3yr old and former KATI student, she completed the KATI course work more than 13 years ago (let her be a lesson to you to complete your thesis!). Katherine worked with women and trauma in Saskatchewan for 5+ years before returning to Nelson and the KATI community.
BFA , DKATI
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.
BA, BSW, DKATI, RCAT
Supervisor Placement Art Therapy Clinician On-site Supervisor
MA, DKATI, RCAT
Jan is a registered Art Therapist and Team Leader for Child & Youth Mental Health (BC Ministry of Children and Families) in the West Kootenays. She has worked as a child and family counselor since 1972. She provides clinical supervision to KATI students. Many KATI Graduates now provide contracted child and youth services and Jan provides a monthly consultation group for these contractors.
Thesis Advisor & Reader Presenter
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.
Thesis Advisor & Reader
Thesis Advisor & Reader
My name is Will Parker and environmental education is the motivation behind the stories I tell. I have a BA in psychology and a masters in environmental studies. I was born on family land in the Slocan Valley and am deeply connected to community, the environment and the need to combine art and hard work in meaningful ways. I have trained volunteers and youth workers, worked alongside art therapists and art therapy students and sometimes I let my Siberian husky help with the environmental communication. My educational background is mixed with environmental adventures, experiments in rural farming, landscaping, art making, 15 years of tree planting and a year at a local saw mill. In 2011, I ran for RDCK Director for area H, I served 5 years (2 as chair) on the board for the Slocan Valley Rural Arts Research and Training Society (RARTS) and have been on the Dumont Creek Cemetery board for the past 9 years.
Wendy Knight is a graduate of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute and also holds a BSc and MSc in Psychology, a Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Child Development and Associate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions. Wendy has worked with individuals and families of all ages and developmental stages and embraces a family systems approach to art therapy. Wendy believes that self-care is a necessity, not a luxury, and believes that caring for one's self not only benefits the individual but may benefit others in ever widening circles. She is currently researching art therapy as self-care and exploring its effects on identity formation and the intergenerational effects on families and communities. Wendy creates a safe sanctuary in which each unique individual is welcomed and supported by the group, so that personal growth may flourish. Beyond her vocation, Wendy is a wife and mother of three who enjoys photography, nature and exploration through travel.
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.