July Summer Workshops 2017

Healing the Healers: Art Therapy and Dream Work (E527)


This experiential studio course in spontaneous art and dream work offers an opportunity for the participant to personally experience the art therapy process through exploration of art materials and art therapy techniques applicable to work with individuals and groups. The facilitator will process artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives.  

Art Therapist: Monica Carpendale, BFA, DVATI, RCAT, BCATR
Dates: To be announced
Cost: $300 early -$350 regular
Please contact Administration if you are interested in this workshop. 

Grief and Loss: Art making as a Path for Healing


“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source”. Rachel Remen
This two-day experiential workshop will involve an orientation to current models and theories of grief and loss and the healing potential of creative expression through the journey of bereavement.
Participants will have the opportunity to gain understanding about the effects and impact of loss, and therapeutic approaches that can support grief work.  They will also learn some basic art therapy skills and how to engage creatively with people who are living with loss.   Participants will also practice and experience specific directives and interventions that can be used with groups and individuals and are specifically designed to support the mourning process.  The experiential components of the workshop will provide opportunities for participants to work with personal material relating to their own history of loss.  Throughout the training attention will be focused on practicing, and building capacity for the therapeutic skills of attunement, empathy respect and presence.

Presenter: Millie Cumming
Dates and times: July 10-11 (9-4)
Cost: $200 (early registration April 1st) $225 regular

The Art of Aging: transitions and transformations in becoming an elder

This experiential workshop will explore the issues and gifts that come with the transitions of entering the second half of life and becoming an elder. An intentional spontaneous approach to art therapy will be introduced in the context of exploring the 8 gates as laid out by Angeles Arriens in her book on The Second half of Life: opening the eight gates of wisdom.  

Facilitator: Monica Carpendale
Dates and times: July 12- 13 (9-4) 
Cost: $200 (early registration April 1st) $225 regular

Indigenous hand games: a workshop for Indigenous facilitators and elders.  (E506)

This workshop is to introduce indigenous hand games to the Kootenay Boundary community by training elders and child and youth workers. 
JULY 5th.  See poster above for more information.

Presenter Biographies:

Monica Carpendale, BFA, DVATI, BCATR, RCAT, HLM, is the founder and executive director of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, in Nelson, BC, Canada.  She has over 30 years in clinical experience as well as education. She is the author of numerous publications on art therapy, in the CATA Journal and several texts, including Essence and Praxis in the Art Therapy Studio (2009) and A Traveler’s Guide to Art Therapy Supervision (2011). Monica has produced a few documentary films about the benefits of art therapy, including An Angel with a Broken Wing (2009) and co-designed nine Blue Heron therapeutic communication games. 
Monica is a mother, grandmother and a great grandmother, artist, poet, educator, therapist, environmentalist. She is deeply engaged with the philosophical and creative aspects of becoming and being an elder, in personal, professional and community aspects. 

Millie Cumming, BA, MA, DKATI, BCATR, RCAT, RCC
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 in her work as an art therapist, integrating Integrated Body Psychotherapy and mindfulness into her practice.  She is a member of faculty and supervisor at KATI and has a private art therapy/counseling practice.

Elizabeth Cunningham, MA Expressive Arts Therapy, was born in Toronto. After a long career in teaching and art therapy, she recently moved to Nelson, B.C. where she is happily sharing the lives of her young grandchildren and indulging in her life-long interests: photography, writing, and exploring nature. Elizabeth is involved with the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute as chairperson of the Board, a thesis reader, and in helping to organize workshops. Passionate about music, she organizes a series of concerts for schools of the region with the Selkirk Pro Musica Society. She is married to composer Doug Jamieson and has three adult children.

Nicole LeBihan, BA, DKATI, RCAT has 12 years of experience as an art therapist in a variety of school settings and 6 years experience as a supervisor of practicum students in school-based art therapy placements. School environments have included elementary, middle and secondary schools in addition to alternate and non-traditional programs. Nicole is currently on Faculty at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute.

Frank Tester B.Sc. (hon.), D.Phil., M.E.Des., M.S.W. is a social worker who has recently retired from teaching social and international development studies in the School of Social Work, UBC. He uses photography, film, art and popular education in his work that has spanned both the country and the globe. Frank is the co-author of books and reports dealing with Inuit social history, Canadian social policy, social impact assessment, Aboriginal child welfare and the impact of mining on Inuit women and families. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his contributions to the study of Human Rights in North America.   


Registration and inquiries
250 352 2264: 191 Baker Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 4H1
Register early as class sizes will be limited. Costs include art supplies. 
KATI reserves the right to cancel workshops 2 weeks prior.