Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium


Detailed Program Schedule (Vancouver, Canada)

2:00pm - 4:00pm, February 23, 2019

Internet Art Therapy

This video documents the early development in the 1990s of technology and clinical guidelines for Internet art therapy. Kate Collie and Davor Čubranić at UBC Vancouver collaborated to create a computer system for group art therapy using voice communication and shareable computer art. The clinical guidelines are still used.


Kate Collie is an artist and art therapist and a retired psycho-oncologist. She spent much of her career developing art-based psychosocial services for people who are marginalized or hard-to-reach, especially women with breast cancer. She has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion/Art Therapy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as well as a Master’s in Fine Arts. In the 1990’s she did pioneering work in online art therapy.


Kate Collie, MFA, PhD (Artist, Art Therapist, Health Researcher)

2:00 - 2:20pm

Pre-recorded video  + live discussion

Using a Chat Room to Host Art Therapy Groups for People with Cancer

In 2012, Sara began collaborating with Kate Collie and other art therapists and researchers, developing new methods for using digital technology in art therapy.  They formulated a way of using a chat room to host art therapy sessions for cancer patients, which is still in use today.

Sara is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. As part of her work for BC Cancer, she is exploring ways of using technology to provide therapeutic services remotely. She has helped design websites and digital tools, and leads online art therapy groups for people with cancer.

Sara Prins Hankinson, RCAT (Art Therapist at BC Cancer)

2:20pm - 2:45pm

Live presentation

Prototypes for Online Art Therapy Tools

As a student at the University of Calgary (Canada) studying Human-Computer Interaction, Brennan participated in the trial online art therapy groups hosted by Sara and Kate Collie.  He used the feedback gathered from participants to design tools that could be used by art therapists to host online groups. 


Brennan is a Ph.D. student and researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science. He has studied at University of Calgary, and Simon Fraser University.  His interests are in designing, building, and studying technologies that connect people across distances for work and play. 

Brennan Jones, Sara Prins Hankinson

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Live presentation

Traversing borders and arts-based media in ‘Live online’ Art Therapy Training

Bridging distance with an art therapy training cohort using live online learning platforms is not only feasible, but innovative, necessary for a growing number of students, and at times more powerful than face-to-face learning. The presenters will detail their vision, curriculum obstacles, solutions, and other findings, including a case study from a recent art therapy class which explored collaborative digital art-making. 


Michelle is the Clinical Director of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy in Victoria, BC, Canada and Tokyo, Japan. She is the Research Chair of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is an LMU Marriage and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy alumni and was a Fellow at Harvard Children’s Hospital in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program. She specializes in Attachment-informed art therapy

with dyads and couples, both online and in-person.

Michelle Winkel,  MA, MFT, ATR, REAT

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Live presentation

Therapeutic Reflection with Digital Media

In the world of LOL, BRB, and G2G, is it possible to use technology for self-reflection and therapeutic purposes? This is a presentation and discussion about using a practical application for self-discovery and connecting with a group.


Andrea Falco, M.Ed., is a recent graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She started to explore the way technology can have a positive impact on a child’s life when she was completing her Masters in Developmental Psychology and Education at the University of Toronto in 2014. Since then, she has developed her skills as an Educator and Art Therapist by using technology as a means to form connection and empower creativity. She currently offers group and individual therapeutic sessions using technology.

Andrea Falco, M.Ed, DVATI (Art Therapist)

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Live presentation + discussion

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