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History and Mission

In response to a series of conversations with Canadian mental health practitioners, this chapter emerged with the intention of helping advocate, connect and create professional development and research opportunities for members that employ the intentional use of art, dance/movement, drama, photography, music, play, sand tray, and/or creative writing in their practice.

With the encouragement of Wayne Clifford, Past-President of the Quebec Counselling Association (QCA) and Quebec Anglophone Director to the CCPA, Past-CAC President Nisha Sajnani submitted a proposal and set of bylaws to the board of the then Canadian Counselling Association to establish the formerly named Creative Arts in Counselling chapter in May 2003. The proposal was accepted with an interim executive board with the following members: President: Nisha Sajnani, Secretary/Treasurer: Priya Senroy, Communications: Angela Colangelo. This interim chapter board was unanimously voted in for a two-year mandate at our first AGM in May 2004. We appointed the following provincial representatives: Kristin Boettger (Alberta), Csilla Przibislawsky (Manitoba), Tony DiGiacomo (Ontario), Leigh Bulmer (Quebec), Mark Kelly (Yukon), Judy Weiser (BC), Cindy Newton (Saskatchewan).

The presently Creative Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CACP) Chapter provides a tangible forum through which mental health practitioners who employ the use of the arts in/as therapy can engage in open dialogue on issues pertaining to training, research, and practice. In 2018, our chapter members voted to change our name to better reflect and include clinicians, mental health practitioners and allied professionals beyond the counselling profession.

Creative arts therapists and expressive arts therapists are often registered counsellors and psychotherapists who use these modalities in their treatment receive training from an accredited academic institution, with specialization in one or more creative arts modality in combination with intense clinical training related to emotional and cognitive human development and the therapeutic process.

This chapter also serves as a vehicle for lobbying appropriate university departments and facilities, governments and agencies to meet their goal of preparing competent counsellors and psychotherapists by providing education on the variance between the creative arts modalities in counselling and therapy.


Lorelei Dietz

President
Lorelei Dietz

Lorelei Dietz (she/her), MTA, NMT is a Certified Music Therapist in K’jipuktuk/Halifax on the unceded land of the Miꞌkmaq people. Lorelei has worked clinically with survivors of traumatic and acquired brain injuries, persons living with dementia, and neurodiverse children. She is the founder and music therapist at Coastal Music Therapy, a mobile private practice where she specializes in neurorehabilitative care using a person-centred, intersectional, and neuroscience-informed approach. Lorelei is currently completing her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University, researching the importance of therapeutic relationships in neuroscience-informed approaches to music therapy practice.

Rowena Tam

Past-President
Rowena Tam

Rowena Tam (she/her), MA, C.C.C., is a drama therapist, researcher, and guest living and working in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal, on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Rowena has clinical experience working in public and private practice with frontline workers at Indigenous-serving organizations, immigrant and refugee youth, women in prison, as well as neurotypical and neurodiverse children and adults. Rowena is a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s Cultural Humility, Equity and Diversity Committee (CHEDC).

Gabrielle Gingras

Past-President
Gabrielle Gingras

Gabrielle is a licensed teacher, artist, art-therapist (M.A.), member of the Quebec Art Therapy Association (AATQ) and founding member of Canevas art therapy Centre in Tiohtiá:ke, also known as Montreal.  Her goal as an art therapist is to support individuals and groups in achieving emotional and psychological well-being through creativity and art. Her therapeutic approach is drawn primarily from narrative and humanistic values, which acknowledges individuals and groups as the authors and creative forces of their experiences.  She is committed to working with adults, the elderly population, recent immigrants to Quebec, and is especially experienced in working with caregivers, woman how are experiencing difficult transitions and children who have mental health issues. Gabrielle acknowledges that she lives and works on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations.

Audrey-Anne Frenette

Treasurer
Audrey-Anne Frenette

Audrey-Anne Frenette (she/her) is an art-therapist (M.A) and the owner of a jewelry company. She believes that every individual is creative and has the capacity to adapt. She is committed to working with children through art therapy, as her goal is to help them find and develop effective ways to express themselves, and to overcome their difficulties to transform their suffering. Her work as an art-therapist also seeks to focus on preventing symptoms rather than treating them. She has educational experience working with pre-school aged children as well as clinical experience working with adults and with children and their families experiencing psychological and emotional difficulties. Audrey-Anne is from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and after 10 years leaving on the island of Tiohtiá:ke also known as the island of Montreal, she moved to Gatineau. Audrey-Anne acknowledges and is sensitive to her role as a settler currently residing on the traditional territories of First Nations communities.

Angie Ross

Secretary
Angie Ross

After a brief dance career, Angie has been working on completing her Masters in Drama therapy at Concordia University. Her interest centers around the embodied experience of trauma. She has clinical experience with neurodiverse adults and children as well as elders within a community setting. Her current work centers around therapeutic support for performers through their process with sensitive topic.  She also works with neurodiverse children in a center for neurodevelopment. Her current thesis research focuses on the biopsychosocial effects of trauma and healing benefits of the creative arts therapies. Angie works towards decolonizing her work and acknowledges she lives on unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá;ka Nation who are the custodians of the lands and waters of what is now known as Montréal.

Nicola Sherwin-Roller

Board Liaison
Nicola Sherwin-Roller

Rachel Norris

Special Projects Coordinator
Rachel Norris

Rachel Norris (MTA, MT-BC) is a board-certified Music Therapist in the Tiohtiá:ke /Montreal area. Rachel obtained her bachelor’s in clarinet performance with a minor in psychology from McGill University in 2013. During her time at McGill, Rachel studied music education courses and was a Little Musician Instructor teaching early music skills to pre-school aged children which inspired her interest in perusing a career in music therapy. Rachel completed her Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy at Concordia University in November 2019. During this time, Rachel interned with adults in geriatrics, children with significant disabilities and visual impairments, and at-risk mothers and their children. Rachel is a Level 1 certified Play therapist and is also a certified Music Together instructor teaching group music classes for families. Rachel currently works in private practice with adults with developmental disabilities and with at-risk mothers and their children in residential and community settings. Rachel completed her Master’s in music therapy from Concordia University in June 2021. Her thesis, published on Spectrum in 2021, explored the theoretical foundations of attachment and the use of music therapy with families.

Stephanie Sing

Communications Specialist
Stephanie Sing

Stephanie is a Chinese cis-hetero, able bodied person who was born in South Africa, a land caretaken by the Khoisan. She currently lives in Ottawa as a settler on the land caretaken by the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. Stephanie works as an Art Therapist in private practice and as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for LifeWorks.


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