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.
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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.
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).
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.
Yasmin Kawar, MTA, MT-BC, is a Jordanian-Canadian music therapist working in the K’jipuktuk (Halifax) area. Yasmin specializes in providing music therapy in mental health settings and is currently working with persons in addictions/substance use rehabilitation, trauma/abuse recovery, and criminalized populations. Yasmin also has experience in psychiatric mental health and with persons experiencing homelessness. With an intersectional-humanistic, trauma-informed, and psychotherapeutic-educational approach, Yasmin works to meet clients where they are in their life journey to guide positive empowered change. Within her work, she seeks to creatively mobilize chaos and suffering into healing change. Yasmin is currently completing her graduate studies in music therapy at Concordia University, and also serves as Ethics Chair for the Atlantic Association of Music Therapy.
Nicola Sherwin-Roller (she/her/hers) graduated in 1994 from Concordia university with a master’s in art psychotherapy. Nicola has been in private practice since 1997, prior to that she worked in second level health services with a First Nation Government organization. Nicola is the Saskatchewan Director for CCPA, on the steering committee for FACT-SK and is a member of the advocacy committee with CATA. Nicola acknowledges that she is a settler on the lands of the Treaty Six Nations and homeland of the Metis people. She works in Kistapininihk (The Gathering Place) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and resides in the countryside nearby.
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 (she/her), MA, C.C.C, RP (Qualifying) is a bicultural art therapist. She was born in South Africa, a land caretaken by the Khoisan and currently lives in Ottawa as a settler on the land caretaken by the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. Stephanie has clinical experience working in both private and public practice serving several communities including: women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence, incarcerated women, neurodiverse adults and individuals living with Alzheimer’s
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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.
Professional Development Activities
- World Alliance of Drama Therapy
- The Dulwich Centre (Narrative Therapy)
- Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
- Licensure in Canada - NADTA
- Drama Therapy Review (Journal)
- The British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA)
- Dance/Movement Therapy Association in Canada (DMTAC)
- Dance Movement Therapy Ontario (DMTO)
- West Coast Dance/Movement Therapy
- Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal - National Centre for Dance Therapy (NCDT)
- Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO)
- Music Therapy Association of BC (MTABC)
- Association québécoise de musicothérapie (AQM)
- Music Therapy Association for Alberta (MTAA)
- Atlantic Association for Music Therapy (AAMT)
- Music Therapy Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS)
- World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT)
- Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research
- Creative Arts Therapies Students of Colour and Allies Alliance (CATSOCAA)
- Developmental Transformations (DvT)
- Developmental Transformations (DvT) Montreal
- Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal
- The Arts in Psychotherapy (Journal)
- #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy Campaign
- Center for Creative Arts Therapy