I have worked for almost 30 years in the field of social work.  It is my passion.  It is the most gratifying work I can imagine doing.  My early learning/work began as a social worker in northern Saskatchewan as a Social Assistance Worker, Child Protection Worker, and Mental Health Clinician.  Since then, I have worked in private practice for 20 years and founded Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy (PIEAT)in 2007.  At PIEAT we offer Level 1 & 2 trainings in Expressive Arts, as well as a range of other trainings.  It is a wonderful balance to do both clinical practice AND professional training in expressive arts therapy.  
My trainings in body centered psychotherapies include Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Inner Relationship Focusing.  These trainings have been instrumental in developing a way of working with children and trauma that focuses on the sensory experience of trauma, developing body resources through the treatment process, and provides a safe, structured approach to trauma treatment.  
My work with the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) has also been instrumental in  my learning as a therapist and as a trainer.  I am an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and Certified Agency Trainer with TLC.
The most powerful learning for me, comes from each client who enters into the therapeutic space.  It is here where I learn the most.  It is to my clients that I am most grateful.
Education
BSW, University of Regina, 1987
MSW, University of Calgary, 1995
Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy, VATI, 2004
CAGS, European Graduate School, Switzerland, 2006
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Trauma and Children
Expressive Arts Therapy
Art Therapy
Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy
Personal Interests
-loving my cats
-running
-walking
-creating art
-paying attention to the natural world and all the amazing creatures in it