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CiiAT developed out of an humanitarian contribution to art therapy in Thailand. In 2004, Lucille Proulx accepted a Canadian Government contract with CUSO to live in Thailand and develop art therapy services at the Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CPCR).
This project was initiated by Thammassat University in Bangkok, and funded by the Canadian and Thai Governments.

As a CUSO co-operant Lucille, was asked to introduce and initiate art therapy with traumatized children who had been removed to CPCR due to sexual or physical abuse, neglect and labor exploitation.

To Lucille’s surprise, she met a Thai artist who had been working at CPCR doing art with the children in a very therapeutic manner. She appeared to be a natural art therapist. Lucille provided her with supervision, and later Oun completed her formal art therapy training with CiiAT. During Lucille’s two-and-a-half-year stay, part of her work involved outreach with Universities and Hospitals to introduce them to Clinical Art Therapy.
She consequently met Dr. Patcharin Sunghondabirom (Dr. Jo)and Khun Pae (Jumphol Chinaprapath), two artists working with children at the Human Center in Bangkok who asked Lucille for supervision. Art therapy was a grass roots intervention at that time, and advocates were consistently seeking local training and supervision. Following Lucille’s completion of her CUSO commission and return to Canada, she continued communications with Dr. Jo, the Director of the Human Center.

After two years of collaborative discussion, they decided to set up an Art Therapy Training program in Thailand following CATA Educational Standards with CATA registered art therapists sent to teach and train. Hence, the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT) was established in 2011, with the first intensive program beginning in February 2012.

Canadian Art Therapy instructors volunteered their time for the first three years. Without outside funding the school has managed to keep afloat while continuing its humanitarian work in hospitals. In March 2016 the first IPATT convocation will be held, with two of its graduates as scholarship recipients.

Through word of mouth, and internet communications, the Quest Institute in Tokyo, Japan heard about the IPATT program in Bangkok, and met with the CiiAT Directors Lucille Proulx and Michelle Winkel. Quest wished to raise their Art as Therapy program to a Clinical Art Therapy level. CiiAT and the Quest Institute formed the Japanese International Program of Art Therapyin Tokyo (JIPATT) in 2013,starting its third cohort in 2016.


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