KATI announces New Executive Director

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association (KATIA) is delighted to welcome Lisa Heisler as the new Executive Director of the Institute.

Lisa is an artist, and has a strong background in social planning, public administration and project management. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria, and over 15 years’ experience with needs assessment, collaborative program development & progressive management. She worked for three years as a grants administrator and received a UBC award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion.

Lisa's work is rooted in the non-profit sector, social justice, conflict transformation and decolonization. She was the City of Edmonton liaison for Edmonton's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Inquiry and has worked alongside Indigenous leaders to reclaim our interconnectedness and tend to reconciliation throughout her career. In her own words, "Personally and professionally, truth and reconciliation are deeply important to me. I value and respect Indigenous ways of knowing, and work trauma-informed, grounded in attachment theory." Lisa is trained in restorative justice and committed to restorative practices.

“We believe that Lisa’s unique experience with community work, non-profit organizations and organizational change is exactly what KATI needs at this point in its unfolding,” said Kiara Lynch, Chair of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association. “I am honoured to join KATI as it moves toward its 25th Anniversary in 2020, and build on the extraordinary work of Monica Carpendale, KATI’s Founder and Academic Dean. KATI’s mission of training culturally sensitive art therapists and providing art therapy as a community service resonates deeply with my own values and purpose. I look forward to working with all of KATI’s stakeholders to fulfill KATI’s vision and mission.”

Lisa can be contacted at lheisler@kutenaiarttherapy.com

Samuel Stevenson
KATI Graduate and Academic Dean Present on Medicine Wheel and Art Therapy at International Conference

KATI Academic Dean, Monica Carpendale (DVATI, RCAT, BCATR) and Richard Campbell (BFA, DKATI), past chief of the Nlakapa’mux Nation, will be presenting a workshop titled The Medicine Wheel and Art Therapy: Indigenous Research Methodology at the upcoming at the 2019 British Association of Art Therapists International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference in London, UK on Saturday, July 13th.

This workshop on Indigenous research methodology focuses on the relationship between the medicine wheel and art therapy. Campbell’s research started with developing art therapy activities in relationship to the medicine wheel and has culminated with the creation of a large 36 stone medicine wheel, 100’ in diameter, Boothroyd, BC. 

The workshop will include the traditional teachings of the medicine wheel, the ritual of the talking circle, the symbolic cleansing, and art making. The art therapy activities in this workshop were developed by Richard Campbell during his studies at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. 

The participants will create animals that have personal symbolic significance to represent the self for each quadrant on the wheel of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and elder. The placement of the symbolic representations of self on the four quadrants which also represent physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects provide an opportunity for the individual to reflect on personal feelings of balance and health. 

This process explores the individual’s sense of self in the past, present and hopes for the future. This is a culturally appropriate way to provide a therapeutic support for First Nations people.

Samuel Stevenson
Check out our Online Information Sessions

Curious about studying art therapy? Know someone who is?

KATI offers regular Online Information Sessions to those interested in learning more about the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Diploma Program. These webinars are a chance to meet faculty and staff, learn more about studying art therapy at KATI either on campus or distance, and to ask any questions you might have.

The webinar can be attended by phone or internet-connected device. If using a device, you will need speakers or headphones but not a microphone or webcam.

Upcoming Sessions
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Samuel Stevenson
KATI's new logo

It is our pleasure to announce that KATI has an exciting new logo! The redesign process aimed to convey the essence of our school: wholeness, creativity and diversity. The four colours symbolize the four seasons, the four directions, and the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.

The logo was designed by Jill Cook (in photo) with feedback from the KATI Board and staff. Thank you to all who helped!

Samuel Stevenson
Announcing our new website
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After months of collaboration and hard work we are delighted to invite you to explore our new website. The new KATI website features more information for prospective students including student testimonials, an improved calendar of events that you can subscribe to, current news items on the home page, a searchable archive of alumni theses and capstone projects, a searchable database of the courses we offer, and an improved site-wide search function in the top menu bar.

Take a moment to look around and enjoy!

This project was made possible with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.
Samuel Stevenson