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professional development
community, conferences & education

professional development

community, conferences, education

Though my professional training as an Expressive Arts Educator was completed in 2012, I bring many years of experience and education before and since to my practice.

Following is a list of community workshops, presentations, conferences attended and professional development. Learning never ends… 

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  • Kweski Pimatisi Men’s Wellness – November 2022 at Pigeon Lake, AB
  • Women’s Holistic Wellness Camp – October/November 2022 at Pigeon Lake, AB
  • Seasons Gathered  (Collecting Raindrops) – 4 week spring program in April 2022
  • Seasons Gathered: A Sacred Vessel for Story (Winter’s Womb) – virtual retreat for Vintage Page Designs/Handmade Bookclub, January 21 to 23, 2022
  • heART Journal Jam – women heARTist gathering, 2014+ Edmonton, AB
  • Stories Within: Reading with HeART – online ExA reading and art group, Edmonton, AB
  • Women’s Healing Program  – SCN Community Wellness, May/October 2021, April 2022 at Pigeon Lake, AB
  • Stepping Stones to Wellness – SCN Community Wellness, September 2022 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Poetic Landscapes: Healing Journeys with Poetry – Wadena, SK Visual Arts Group, March 6 & 7, 2021
  • Men’s Healing Program – SCN Community Wellness, October 2020, February/September 2022, Pigeon Lake, AB
  • Pages in Stages: Art Journaling – 5 day Junior High Summer Camp, Metro Continuing Education, July 2019 and 2020 in Edmonton, AB
  • Boundaries & Core Values – Pewapan Group, July 2019 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Expressive Arts Level 2 Training – Trainer/Co-facilitator: Foundations of Expressive Arts Process & The Action 
    of Expressive Arts (L2 Certificate), at The Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy (PIEAT), July 2018, 2019 & August/September 2021, in Calgary, AB
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  • Expressive Arts for Healing & Play – Guest facilitator, Indigenous Arts Program at Maskwacis Cultural College, March 2019 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Art Journaling – Stepping Stones to Wellness, October 2018 in Maskwacis, AB
  • ATC’s – Family Day, February 2018 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Paint, Play & Intuitive Painting – Community Wellness, February 2018 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Visioning the Year – Maskwacis Support Workers, River Cree Resort and Casino, December 2017 in Enoch, AB
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  • Mandala’s for Healing – Guest co-facilitator, Trauma Recovery Program, October 2017 in Maskwacis, AB
  • Expressive Arts Program – IRS Group, 2016 to 2017, in Maskwacis, AB
  • Art as Healing Medicine – Presentation to Alberta IRS (Indian Residential Schools) Support Workers, River Cree Resort and Casino, August 2016 in Enoch, AB
  • Poetry, Words & Movement – Presentation to Philanthropic Educational Organization, April 2015 in Edmonton, AB
  • Discovering SoulCollage® – The Paint Spot, February 2015 in Edmonton, AB
  • Visioning with SoulCollage® – Epicure Team, February 2015 in Edmonton, AB
  • The Word, The Image, The Story: Tools of Transformation – hosted author Jan Phillips at Providence Renewal Centre, April 2012 in Edmonton, AB
  • Garden Sculpture Workshop – Devonian Botanic Garden, UofA Education Program, November 2008 in Devon, AB
  • Praying the Scriptures – Co-facilitator for 8-week program at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Spring Youth Retreat – Facilitated youth retreat at Pine Hills Camp, 4-years, in Brighton, MI
  • Birthing the Holy – Women’s weekend retreat at Holy Family Retreat House in Oxley, ON
  • Women’s Weekend Retreat – Co-facilitated at Holy Family Retreat House in Oxley, ON
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conferences & professional development

  • Collaborative EagleVision (Life as Medicine) – November/December 2022
  • ReMatriation for heARTivists (Circle of Indigenous Healing Arts) – CATA Conference, October 2022
  • Rejuvenation – IEATA 14th Int’l Conference, January 2022
  • Weaving Community Through Creative Expression – CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association) Conference, October 2019 in Calgary, AB
  • Practice as Ceremony – Cultural workshop at Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, July 2018 in Edmonton, AB
  • Historic Trauma & Aboriginal Client Services – REACH Edmonton, November 2017
  • The Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy – IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) Conference, October 2017 in Winnipeg, MB
  • Understanding & Transcending the Historical Transmission of Historical Trauma in Indigenous Families – REACH Edmonton, August 2017
  • Indigenous Canada – 12-week course, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, June 2017
  • Healthy Living & Wellness Conference & Fair – May and November 2017 in Edmonton, AB
  • Expressive Arts Lab – Markus Alexander/World Arts Organization, 2014/15 in Edmonton, AB
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  • SoulCollage® Facilitator Training – with founder Seena Frost, June 2013 in Santa Cruz, California
  • Expressive Arts Therapy – Level 1 and 2 (consultant/educator stream), 2013 at PIEAT (Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy) in Calgary, AB
  • Generate 8-Week Workshop Series –  Arts-Based Research Studio, University of Alberta, January to April 2013, Edmonton, AB 
  • Planning Successful Events for 5 to 500 – University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Ever Widening Circles – CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association) Conference, October 2012 in Edmonton, AB
  • Walking the Labyrinth – with Lauren Artress at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB
  • Ira Progof Intensive Journal Workshop – Part 1 and 2, Providence Renewal Centre, July 30 to August 4, 2010 in Edmonton, AB
  • Internship in Spiritual Companionship – 2-year program (retreat/small group facilitation stream), at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Working with Dreams – October 1998 in Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • In the Heart of Caring: Principles of Caring & Cultural Issues in Health and Illness – The Pines, Chatham, ON
  • Facilitation and Leadership Skills – Assumption University, Windsor, ON
    (published article in CARAVAN 13, No50, Spring 1999)
  • My Gifted Heart: MBTI (Meyers-Briggs) Workshop – Adult Spirituality Centre, Windsor, ON
  • Great Lakes Pastoral Ministry Conference – Chicago, IL
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  • Studied Psychology & Liberal Arts at Athabasca University and the University of Windsor
  • Studied Communication Arts at St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario

professional memberships

  • IEATA (Professional Member), International Expressive Arts Therapy Association 
  • CATA (Associate Member), Canadian Art Therapy Association
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Important Note: Though expressive arts can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing, and art is intrinsically therapeutic, I myself am not a therapist. As an Expressive Arts Consultant Educator, I will witness, support and encourage your creative journey, and provide therapeutic resources if needed.

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