BFA, RCAT, BCATR, DVATI
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.
MA, 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.
MA, DKATI, RCAT, BCACC
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Kate also has a private practice in Nelson, runs transformative online courses and one-to-one therapy via www.kateleppard.com