Coffee Houses & Events



Hosting and attending coffee houses is a great way to meet and get to know others in our communities, make art, share resources and experiences…and maybe a glass of wine!


Send us an email with your event details and we’ll post it on our Twitter and Facebook pages, on this website page, and include it in our Announcements & Postings email mail-out:

(If the button above isn’t working for you, please send your event details to



(6 CEUs)
JUNE 2, 2018
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo
by Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT
Leading international expert, writer, and educator in the field of Art Therapy 


This workshop teaches the foundations of trauma-informed practice and the seven concepts involved in trauma-informed expressive arts and play therapy including neurodevelopment, safety, self-regulation, somatic approaches, cultural sensitivity and resilience-building. Emphasis is on applications/interventions in self-regulation, establishing safety, resilience building, posttraumatic growth, and establishing healthy attachment.

Register at Early bird ends May 4th.


Check back for upcoming events…


What is the host’s job?

– The host lets the BCATA know when and where the coffee house will be. Click on the “Send Event Details” button above to send those along to us.

– If you’d like those attending to contribute art materials, snacks, and/or drinks to share – please include that in your event details/invitation.

– If your space has a maximum capacity, accessibility issues, or any other noteworthy considerations, please also include these in your event details/invitation.

– The host can specify a topic for discussion (i.e. “Let’s talk about challenges in healthcare settings” or “Let’s share our favourite art mediums”) or it can be general such as “Let’s just get together and get to know our fellow local art therapists”.

– Some hosts provide art materials (inexpensive paper, oil pastels, markers, etc.) when the session takes place in their studio, so that the group can make art during the session. Something that works well is covering a table in a very large paper so that while everyone is talking they’re also collaborating on a large piece. The piece can be photographed for social media, or if it’s more private, everyone can take their own piece home… go with the flow of the desire of the group. NOTE: Always ask permission to share the images made.

– As host, you may want to create a “local art therapists” mailing list for your own use when advertising coffee houses in your area.

How do we advertise?

Newsletters: Announcements & Postings are emailed out to BCATA members, which is managed by Merle.

Social Media: BCATA currently maintains Twitter and Facebook accounts, which are managed by Andrea.

Website: This page will be kept up to date with any upcoming event listings that are sent to us, managed by Shauna.

CATA: If you’d like your events to be included in any of CATA’s listings please contact them directly.


1. Do not include your specific address, instead indicate the general neighbourhood and city, and your phone and/or email to have people contact you for location and directions.

2. Specify whether the event is open to those interested in Art Therapy or just for BCATA/CATA members.

3. If you’re planning a Peer Consultation event, please specify that it is only open to Art Therapy students in practicum settings and Art Therapy professionals currently practicing, and that attendees must adhere to the BCATA Code of Ethics, and maintain strict confidentiality for their clients, making sure they have permission to share any imagery, and keeping all client identifying information out of the discussion. You may also want to note that Peer Consults do not count towards school or registration supervision hours.

What is a good theme?

– Friendly get together

– Challenges of the workplace

– Strategies for explaining Art Therapy to other professionals

– Stress management, making our own art

– Seasonal bigger events like Xmas party, New years vision boarding (advertise well in advance)

– What do we want in terms of Pro-D? (What sorts of events people would like to attend and/or see happening in our community – ie: talks and trainings on specific topics, workshops that teach us particular skills, supervision/peer consultation, etc).

What is a good venue?

– Living room of someone’s house
– Nature art outside!
– Someone’s studio space
– If confidentiality is not an issue, could meet in a park, coffee shop, or other public space for networking and social time

How much time do you meet for?

Generally going with a couple of hours seems to work well, for example the Victoria groups tend to meet for 1.5-2 hours on a weekday evening.