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.
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
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.