Our Team at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy brings quality education, creativity and innovation across the globe.
Lucille Proulx, M.A., ATR, RCAT, Founding Director
Lucille is a registered art therapist in both Canada and the U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Her 50 years of experience consists of working with children and parents in the community, private clinic, and in the department of infant and child psychiatry at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. She is a Director of The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), the Executive Director of the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT) and Japan Institute of Art Therapy in Tokyo (JIPAT). She is the past Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy (BCSAT).
Lucille is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and The Association des Arts-therapeutes du Quebec (AATQ). She conducts specialized training workshops for professionals and parents across the United States, abroad, and in Canada. In 2004 she became a CUSO-Canada Cooperant and was assigned to the Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights in Bangkok Thailand to introduce art therapy to mental health professionals working with traumatized children. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Arts Health Canada and the Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Lucille is an exhibiting artist and the author of Strengthening Emotional Ties through Parent-Child-Dyad Art Therapy, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London, England, and Ach Publishing House, Israel.
is an art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor, with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals.
Michelle has taught Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, IPATT in Bangkok, BCSAT in British Columbia, and has served as the Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy. Since 1999, Michelle has used art therapy with businesses and organizations in group settings. In these engagements, she incorporates her training and her skills as an artist as she facilitates group processes. As a supervisor at a local school agency in California for five years, she co-designed and implemented a reflective practice program that worked with the Child Protective Agency and other agencies in the area to improve supervision, performance, and morale of front-line staff.
Michelle’s credentials include a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Registered Art Therapist in North America as well as Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Michelle received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, California. Michelle also held a fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health from Harvard Children’s Hospital from 2004-2005. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She makes art and tries to connect with other artists as much as possible.
Christine is a Registered Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and international instructor and presenter. Christine has 18 years experience providing Art Therapy services to people of all ages, specializing in body-focused art therapy, trauma, sexual abuse and addictions. Her clinical presentations and experiential workshops include body-focused art therapy, neuroscience and trauma, art therapy with different age groups, and therapeutic support for professionals. She has focused her Doctorate in Art Therapy research on building a theoretical foundation for Therapeutic Body-Mapping, and use of the methodology as a culturally sensitive trauma intervention based on the neurobiology of trauma. Christine is former Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and author of ‘The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions’, and ‘Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: what’s going on in the brain’. www.arttherapyservices.ca.
Vera Heller has a Ph.D. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, MA (2007).Vera is an art therapist, visual artist and psychotherapist. She currently works as an art therapy professor at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada. She specialized in cross-cultural issues and develops her research around the topics of narrative identity, the artistic process as a healing and transformation agent and migration issues.
As a visual artist, Vera maintained a studio practice since 1983. She participated in various
invited individual and group exhibitions, both in Quebec and abroad, and received creation
grants from Quebec and Canada Councils of Art. Based on her experience as an artist and art
therapist, she facilitated a variety of thematic intensive workshops in Canada and abroad.
Patricia graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in psychology in 1981. She graduated as an Art Therapist from the B.C. School of Art Therapy in 2011, and has worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations over the past twenty years, nationally and internationally. Patricia has a special interest in attachment and the inherent suitability of art therapy for treating attachment-based issues. The therapeutic value of mindfulness and self-compassion are also current areas of focus, especially in terms of how they can be integrated into the art therapy process. Patricia will complete her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016.
Haley is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist who completed her Masters in Creative Arts Therapies: Specialization in Art Therapy and Bachelors of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Haley currently facilitates individual and group art therapy and coordinates the Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute with adults who have a cancer and their children of cancer patients. She previously worked in Montreal (Jewish General Hospital, Maimonides Geriatric residence and Projets Autochtones du Quebec), British Columbia (Sea to Sky Community Services) and Botswana (Baylor-Botswana Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence and Stepping Stones International.) She has worked with diverse individuals, such as children who have been sexually abused, at-risk youth, children with HIV, the homeless population, adults with cancer and older adults. Her art therapy work is informed by multicultural dynamics and trauma-informed practice.
Haley is the Canadian Art Therapy Association President who supports national organization’s vision: to bring together art therapists to raise standards and advance the profession.
Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki holds a degree in economy from Rikkyo University. After working for CBS Sony, he started his own business in 1980 — Quest Institute Co. — for which he developed workshops and seminars for personal training and therapist training programs. His training, ‘approaching unconsciousness,’ is acknowledged by many people. More than ten thousand participants and six hundred therapists have completed the program. He established NPO Children Future Institute to support mental education for children and opened Art Therapy schools for children and parents in Japan. His unique camp program, ‘Growth seminar,’ encourages children’s self-reliance and is very popular with kids and their parents.Mr. Kazutaka Shibasaki is a representative director of Quest Institute and the author of ‘Healing Door (Yasuragi no tobira)’ published by Cosmoten, ‘Self Therapy (Zibun serapi),’ ‘Meeting Exciting Self (Wakuwakusuru zibun ni deau hon)’ published by KK Long Sellers.
Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki holds a degree in Human Relationship from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. She provided art therapy at the psychiatry department of Tokyo Adachi Clinic and worked as an art therapist at the Enomoto Clinic, operated by Psychiatry Enoki Medical Corporation, for 12 years. She supported art therapy programs at the Juntendo University Hospital and was staff at the ‘Self-Expression of Healing’ exhibition. She now conducts art therapy training, workshops, and lectures.