Monica is the Founder and Academic Dean at KATI. She has over 30 years’ experience as an art therapist, teacher, supervisor and clinical practitioner, has published articles in the CATA Journal and authored four books: Essence and Praxis in the Art Therapy Studio and A Traveller’s Guide to Art Therapy Supervision. She is the editor of Laughter at my Window and A Forest of Ideas: Rambling in Interpretive Frameworks.
Monica has produced three documentary films: Art of Lorraine Beninger, demonstrating the value of art therapy with a woman who has multiple disabilities; An Angel with a Broken Wing, art therapy for a woman with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder; and Not Broken, Richard Campbell’s film on the use of the Medicine Wheel in art therapy. She is co-designer of the Blue Heron series therapeutic communication games (available in both board and digital formats), distributed by Auxilium Horizons. She is a past president of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association, served on the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) executive for eight years as Registrar and Vice President, and currently serves on several CATA committees. She is an Honorary Life Member of CATA.
Monica is a national and international presenter on a variety of topics: anticipatory loss & grief, hermeneutics and phenomenological approach to art and poetry therapy, supervision, storytelling and eco-art therapy. She has presented in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, Ireland, England and the United States.
For Monica, making “art” and making “special” has always been a part of her life. Drawing, painting, gluing and taping together have been ways of creating the world. Monica has lived for many years in the West Kootenays in British Columbia and was instrumental in developing an Eco Sculpture Park at the Vallican Whole Community Centre.
Nicole Le Bihan
BA, DKATI, RCAT
Nicole is a mother, educator, art therapist, artist, musician and advocate. Her fundamental belief is that a career should be meaningful and contribute to the well-being of self, others and the world. She has been a practicing professional art therapist since 2006 and a faculty member at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute since 2010. Nicole brings a relational neurodevelopmental approach to her extensive experience with children, youth and parents. She currently has a private practice that offers individual art therapy and supervision of professional therapists.
BCACC, MA, DKATI, RCAT
Millie graduated from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in 2001 and completed a MA in Counseling in 2008. She has additional training in Integrated Body Psychotherapy and systemic family therapy. 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 brings a trauma-informed, strengths based approach to her work both as a therapist and educator . She is particularly interested in the integration of somatic experiencing, body awareness and mindfulness with art therapy practice. She currently has a part time supervision private practice.
Judith is a trained teacher and professional art therapist. She has over 25 years as an outdoor educator with Outward Bound schools, leading character development expeditions in the wilderness and training staff. Judith integrates nature and art making for experiential, healing, and therapeutic work. Living off the grid, her nature-based art therapy private practice is based out of a yurt that is nestled in the cedar forest and is alongside a glacier-fed river.
Will Parker teaches research and land-based healing at KATI. Specializing in ecological identity work, he enjoys stacking rocks and building trails. Will has over 10 years’ experience in designing and facilitating arts-based environmental education programs and workshops, in schools, rural and remote communities. His approach centers around acknowledging strong feelings for nature and appreciating the little connections between magical elements of the world. As a board member for the Dumont Creek Cemetery, he supervises grave digging and plays an important role in community support.
Judith Siano is a Registered Art Therapist, supervisor and was the chair of the Israeli Association of Creative and Expressive Therapies Ethics Committee. Judith works with adolescents, young adults, clients, and therapists. She advises the Ministry of Welfare regarding therapeutic interventions for youth at risk. She is the initiator and head of the DROP IN – WIN WIN project; lectures on trauma, adolescence, and ethics in therapy; and has published articles in professional journals in Israel and abroad.
Judith has co-produced three 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.
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.
MA, ATPQ, ATR, RCAT
Lucille Proulx is a Registered Art Therapist in both Canada and the USA. She has over 50 years of experience working with children. She is the past Executive Director of The BC School of Art Therapy (BCSAT). Lucille is an Honorary Life Member of The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and The Association des Arts-Therapeutes du Quebec (AATQ). She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Arts Health Canada.
Lucille conducts specialized training workshops in Attachment Informed Art Therapy for professionals and parents. In 2004 she became a CUSO-Canada Cooperant and was assigned to the Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights in Bangkok Thailand to introduce art therapy to mental health professionals working with traumatized children. In 2003 she became a Director of The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CIIAT). She is the Executive Director of the International Programs of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT) and Japan (JIPATT).
Dr. Frank Tester
BSc (hon), PhD, ME Des., MSW
Frank Tester is a social worker, a geographer, and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Winnipeg and at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Nelson, British Columbia. Frank is co-author of books dealing with Canadian social policy and Inuit social history and culture. A photographer and filmmaker, he as a commitment to social justice and human rights, influenced by the theoretical ideas of Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Victor Frankl and their contemporaries. He has also worked with Indigenous communities in West Africa and the South Pacific. Frank is a recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for his contributions to the study and promotion of human rights in North America and of the 1995 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for his co-authored book, Tammarniit (Mistakes): Inuit Relocation in the Eastern Arctic, 1939-62.
Michelle Juba Reid
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.
Richard Campbell is a knowledge keeper, an art therapist, and a drug and alcohol worker. Since graduating from KATI in 2004, Richard has been working to combine art therapy with medicine wheel teachings. One of his recent projects involved the positioning of 36 white boulders into a 100-foot-diameter stone medicine wheel on the Boothroyd Indian Reserve as a healing tool for cultivating education, justice, safety and community.
MA, DKATI, RCAT
I am a retired psychologist and Regional Team Leader for Child and Youth Mental Health for the West Kootenay with the Ministry for Children and Families. I provided leadership and consultation opportunities for a team of eight clinicians, a half time psychiatrist, an outreach psychiatrist in addition to ten community counsellors. I now have a private practice, Trillium Art Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision, (2013 to the present) through which I provide individual and group art therapy, as well as Art Therapy Clinical Supervision in two provinces and the Northwest Territories.
Dr. Christine Lummis
PhD, DKATI, RCAT
Christine is a Registered Art Therapist, Instructor, Clinical Supervisor and International presenter with 16 years of experience providing Art Therapy services to people of all ages specializing in body-focused art therapy, trauma, grief and loss, sexual abuse and addictions. She offers clinical presentations and experiential workshops including body-focused art therapy, expressive movement, neuroscience and trauma, and “Healing the Healers” and Body-Mapping Workshops.
Christine presents internationally as part of a Doctoral research on neuroscience and trauma-focused on the value of non-verbal expressive therapy and cultural awareness.
She is former Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and President of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association. www.arttherapyservices.ca.
Dr. Marcia Braundy
PhD, IP, C of Q, BA
Dr. Marcia Braundy is a multidisciplinary academic feminist who keeps her hand in as a Red Seal construction carpenter, multimedia project manager, educator, author, archivist, independent research scholar and social change activist. She developed/delivered trades exploratory curricula used across Canada. Chairing the Equity Committees of the CLFDB National Apprenticeship Committee and the Provincial Apprenticeship Board in British Columbia, she was also the Founding National Coordinator of Women in Trades and Technology National Network (WITTNN) for eight years. She has since achieved a PhD in Technology Studies from UBC using arts-based research methodologies. She works men and with women, often separately, to bring about effective integration for women in trades & technology training and work. In 2017, Braundy completed a national study for the Federal Government on “Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Increasing the Successful Participation of Women in Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades.” Many are using the ideas. Dr. Braundy is the Curator & Project Manager of KootenayFeminism.com.
Inspired by the transformation experienced by KATI graduates and the positive impact of art therapy in people’s lives, Terence took on the role of Executive Director at KATI to assist the Institute in its current transition. In the 90s he had a successful career as a senior executive in the investment business on Bay Street, and previously worked as a financial advisor and publisher. After leaving the corporate world, Terence travelled through India and South America, taking groups to Peru with two close friends and helping to start a school in the Andes (www.kusikawsay.org). He has deep gratitude for Indigenous ways of being on the earth and in particular for the importance of reciprocity and respect for all life.
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.
Samuel is a graduate of KATI and has been working at the school since 2014. He is a 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, making sense of identity, relationship navigation, and existential exploration. He sees his role as IT & Communications Manager as a way to facilitate ease in relationships. Samuel is a husband, a father, a poet, an art therapist and a heart-centred lover of technology and pattern.
Laura graduated from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in 2015, and since then has been working at KATI and the local school district as an art therapy clinician with children and youth, as well as serving on the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association Board of Directors. As an artist, traveler, and nature lover, Laura is passionate about Eco-Art and the environment, and finds magic in the metaphors of cycles and transformation using found, recycled and natural materials in art making. Laura holds space for her clients from a trauma-informed, feminist framework, working in a humanistic, client-centered manner. Laura also has a private practice where she works with children, youth and adults, offering art therapy services, workshops, art camps, and community art projects.
DKATI, BA Hons
Kate Leppard is an art therapist who works with marginalised and homeless people and their families to create a sense of belonging, heal traumas and transform lives through art making. After spending 15 years using art as a tool for social change, Kate believes that art therapy is one of the most potent tools on the planet for creating change. She is passionate, conscientious and positive.
Kate holds a post-graduate diploma from Kutenai Art Therapy institute and a BA Hons in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths University, London. Kate runs Bright Lights Community Art Studio at Salvation Army on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1-4pm and Open Studio at Kutenai Art Therapy on Saturdays between 1-4pm, for more info email email@example.com. Kate also has a private practice in Nelson, runs transformative online courses and one-to-one therapy via www.kateleppard.com
Joan has been working in the hospice/palliative field as a volunteer and office manager since 2004. She formed a Grief and Trauma team to enable volunteers support people who had a loved one die from a drug overdose, suicide or homicide. She continues this work privately. Joan also has a business background.
In 2013, the Groundwater committee was formed at KATI with the goal of initiating an Aboriginal stream into the KATI art therapy training. Joan was an original member. She continues to be involved with KATI, as an Aboriginal Elder.
Joan has trained at Nechi in counselling and has worked with Aboriginal people in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Her passion is to be there for the wounded and hurting by listening and communicating from the heart with presence and integrity. She prefers to work in Circle with ceremony, creating safety and intimacy