History and Mission

In response to a series of conversations with Canadian mental health practitioners who employ the intentional use of dance, drama, art, photographs, music and/or creative writing in their practice, this chapter was formed within the Canadian Counselling Association for counsellors who use the arts in the counselling approach and for those who identify as Creative Arts Therapists.

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

The Creative Arts in Counselling Chapter was approved by the CCPA Board of Directors at its May 2003 meeting. A provisory CAC Board was formed and a mandate and by-laws were completed.

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 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 children who have mental health issues and/or developmental delays.

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Shea Wood


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Renée Saurette

Director of Communications

Sonomi Tanaka

Sonomi Tanaka

Sonomi Tanaka is a graduate from Concordia University’s Art Therapy master’s program and is a professional certified member with CCPA. She has experience working in art therapy with children and in long-term geriatric care. She is particularly passionate about working with children with clinical interests in play, mindfulness, attachment and trauma theory.  She is a resident of Toronto and is currently working towards creating affordable art therapy programs for marginalized families and children.

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Hailey Tallman

Hailey Tallman

Hailey is an art-therapist (M.A.), member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association, and creator of Art Therapy In Action in London, Ontario.  She believes that everyone is creative and has something unique to offer to the world.  Her mission is to take us beyond being consumers to getting in touch with our creative selves, our deep need for belonging, and thereby contributing to and elevating our communities to our higher callings as creative beings on this planet.

Hailey spent 2016 working as an art therapist with children in an orphanage in Guatemala. She is currently offering Intention Witness workshops and building her art therapy practice in London, Ontario, while also volunteering in the community art studio called “The New School of Colour”. She is passionate about using art as a therapeutic tool to help populations who need non-verbal outlets to explore their lived experiences. She especially loves working with children, women, and refugees.

Leah Lewis

Board Liaison

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Philiana Wong

Professional Resource Database Coordinator

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Constitution and Bylaws

The Chapter’s bylaws are a set of rules that control the actions of its members and govern the internal management of the Chapter.


The CAC Chapter Brochure contains information regarding the Chapter. To order printed copies, please contact the National Office.

Professional Development Activities

The Advanced Intensive Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program Schedule

The Advanced Intensive Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program has published their 2014 / 2015 schedule.


Coming soon!