1800 Spyglass Place, Vancouver
South False Creek, just off of the seawall under the Cambie Street bridge

We’re very excited about our upcoming Spring conference and AGM in Vancouver! We’ve found a beautiful and central location along the seawall, and have all sorts of great presentations and workshops lined up!


6:00PM – 9:00PM
Social Evening
Doors open at 6:00PM
Mingle, have a drink and a snack…and take a tour of the art & resource stations!

6:30PM – CLAIRE SCHAGERLOne-Sheet Books Demo

We’re thrilled to be featuring locally made cashew-based dips and spreads by Spread’em Kitchen at our Friday evening social!! Check back for details about our special cocktail that we have in the works as well!


9:00AM – 4:30PM
Presentations, Workshops & AGM
Doors open at 9:00AM for registration

10:00AM – KATY SCOONES (Presentation)“Two-Eyed Seeing”: Art Therapy, Expressive Play Therapy Methods & Culturally-Centered Practice
11:15AM – NICOLLE NATTRASS (Writing Workshop)Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional
12:30PM – AGM
1:45PM – ALANNAH MACPHAIL (Art Workshop)Art Journaling: A Healing Tool for Self and Other


Our registration numbers will be LIMITED for this year’s conference, so please REGISTER EARLY to ensure a spot! The space that we will be hosting in has a limited capacity, and unfortunately we won’t be able to be flexible with this.



6:30PM – Workshop/Demo
Claire Schagerl – One-Sheet Books Demo

Explore the potential of making books using one sheet of paper and a pair of scissors. We’ll fold and cut our way to a number of different book forms, experimenting with different materials, sizes and shapes along the way.

Claire Schagerl is an interdisciplinary artist working with paper and fabric to tell stories about coexistence and the capacity for wonder. Using mainly scrap and found materials, she is inspired and encouraged by transformation, being human, repetition, wild spaces, and ecology. Based in Vancouver BC, she is currently employed as a Studio Technician at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


10:00AM – Presentation
Katy Scoones – “Two-Eyed Seeing”: Art Therapy, Expressive Play Therapy Methods & Culturally-Centered Practice

BA, MA, Post MA Art Therapy Equine Facilitated Wellness Practitioner, Expressive Play Therapy Cert./AFOT & Complex Trauma Cert.

The benefits of “Two-Eyed Seeing”*, is explored in this presentation that honors both Western concepts of mental health and centers Indigenous Knowledge bases of “Mental Wellness”. In this case study, Katy weaves Art Therapy, with Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Expressive Play Therapy and Equine Facilitated Wellness, to support the healing process of a Coast Salish child contending with Complex Trauma.


Inherent in her approach is deep respect for the Coast Salish Cultural Practices of the Community in which she works. Katy acknowledges the particularly difficult journey of First Nation’s people in Canada, due to the intergenerational, vicarious, and complex trauma resulting from the legacy of the Indian Residential School System, the Aboriginal Child Welfare System, and the aftermath of Colonization. Katy’s heart is to show this child’s courage, resiliency and healing, despite the struggle of currently living, “in care”, and the intergenerational and residual pain that affects First Nations Children today.

Two-Eyed Seeing is the Guiding Principle brought into the Integrative Science co-learning journey by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall in Fall 2004. Etuaptmumk is the Mi’kmaw word for Two-Eyed Seeing. We often explain Etuaptmumk – “Two-Eyed Seeing by saying it refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing … and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all. www.integrativescience.ca/Principles/TwoEyedSeeing

Katy Scoones is a Victoria based Art Therapist, working primarily with children and youth. In a varied and multi-modal practice, Katy has worked with diverse populations. She begins her week at the Esquimalt Nation Community where she works closely with the children and their families. In her private practice and at Generation Farms in Nanaimo B.C., Katy weaves together Art and Expressive Play Therapy, Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Equine Facilitated Wellness & Complex Trauma training. Katy has worked as an Art Therapist and Clinician with the South Island Eating Disorders Program, and as an intern with Victoria Child and Youth Mental Health. Twice monthly, Katy co-facilitates an Equine-based Trauma Treatment/Addictions Recovery Program at Generation Farms. Compelled by the evidenced-based research into animal-assisted therapies, and mindful of the healing properties of the natural world, Katy has been inspired to create a gentle person-centered approach.

11:15AM – Writing Workshop
Nicolle Nattrass – Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional

This presentation will give professionals an introduction to what the full professional development course is, which allows for expansion of writing as a regular practise for self-care, through exploration of hands on writing experience, new journaling techniques to process insight, work related stress and restore balance. No writing experience is required.


The full professional development course, Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional (CACCF approved, 6 hours of CEU – certificate issued) can be delivered as on site one day workshop or distance delivery (toll free tele e course) The course is designed for any helping professionals (Counselors, Support workers, Nurses, Social workers etc.) with a focus on those who work with clients with Addictions, Trauma & Mental Health focus.

Designed and led by facilitator, Nicolle Nattrass this course is a culmination of her passion and expertise, creativity and counseling. She is a CAC II certified addiction counselor, an Alumna of the University of Victoria (1991) with a B.F.A. theatre degree. Her creative career began as a professional actor (CAEA/UBCP/ACTRA) in 1992 and she became a playwright (Playwrights Guild of Canada) in 1998, receiving two nominations for ‘Outstanding Original Play’ and ‘Outstanding Performance’ at the 1998 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. As a coach and facilitator, she has been employed by addiction agencies (Renascent, Salvation Army Homestead), agencies working with high-risk groups (Vancouver Coastal Health, William Head Federal Penitentiary and Aboriginal Centres), educational institutions (Camosun College, Vancouver Island University) as well as various arts and cultural agencies (Chemainus Theatre Festival). She has worked with a diverse range of ages from elementary school age to high risk teens dealing with concurrent issues to coaching professional artists, health care professionals and adults in recovery from addiction/trauma. A full profile of achievements can be found at www.nicollenattrass.com.

1:45PM – Art Workshop
Alannah MacPhail – Art Journaling: A Healing Tool for Self and Other

B.A. (Psych), B.Ed., DVATI

Art journaling is about expression, both written and visual, of emotions and thoughts. It is a space for questions that may not have answers; a place for thoughts that may otherwise not have a home. It is a safe container for emotions so that they do not have to be loose in the world; a place to risk and transform. Although the journal can become an extension of the self, it can also be a place to play and experiment with art materials.


In this workshop, we will complete a mixed media journaling “page”. Using the writing prompt: letting go/moving forward as a foundation/intention we will continue to layer our art with a variety of mixed media techniques; for e.g. collage, stencilling, and painting.

In 2012 I retired as an Elementary School Principal in North Vancouver and happily began my studies as an art therapist with VATI. I currently practice as a Professional Art Therapist in Victoria, BC. As a practicing artist, I work mostly in Mixed Media and Acrylics. I paint on canvas and paper and love to Art Journal. I also teach Art Journaling in 6 week sessions through the Coast Collective Gallery and in my home studio.




We will not be offering registration options for half day or “Saturday only” attendance.
For those that are unable to attend our Saturday conference but would like to pop by for the Friday social, that will be an option for $10/person (students, members and non-members).

Registration payments are made online through PayPal. Please select the appropriate option below:


Includes Saturday all-day conference and Friday evening social


Includes Saturday all-day conference and Friday evening social


This option includes Friday evening social only



Every year we gather as a collective group for the Board of Directors to share all that has been happening over the previous year with the Association members. This year we will be seeing several Board members stepping down from their positions, and new members stepping in!
The term of service on the Executive is two years, with the following roles open this year:

Vice President
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary

Please contact president@bcarttherapy.com if you’d like to learn more about these roles! Participating as a Board Member for our organization is a great way to develop leadership skills and to contribute to the growth of your profession…and of our community! Please consider joining our team!


If you can offer billeting for a BCATA community member for Friday and/or Saturday please contact Shauna at info@heyshauna.com


FRI JUNE 2 & SAT JUNE 3, 2017