Posted by: mentoringstore | September 21, 2017

2017 Counselling Art Therapy Students Portfolios

The 2017 Cohort of the Master of Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy Program at Adler University Vancouver BC Campus attended a New Student Orientation which included getting to know each other through images that they created for their portfolio.

2017 MCP-AT Cohort

Their images are now available on YouTube for you to enjoy!

We thank the 2017 Cohort for sharing and wish them the best in their studies on their way to becoming socially responsible counsellors and art therapists!

Posted by: mentoringstore | September 18, 2017

Meet the 2017 Counselling Art Therapy Students at Adler University

The Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy Program at Adler University, Vancouver BC Campus welcomed eleven new students in the 2017 Cohort.

Congratulations to Tzu-Hsuan Lin, Sookyung Ahn, Lauren Buckley, Lara Fitzgerald, John Gingrich, Joelle Myre, Fiona Thatcher, Emily Piper, Derryl-Lynn Braumberger, Melika Mirilavasani, and Shivani Agarwal for gaining entrance to this exciting new program. May you love your journey as you become socially responsible counsellors and art therapists!

The 2017 New Cohort Welcome for Adler University Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy Program (MCP-AT Vancouver BC) offered a ceremony that centered on the creation of a Nature Based Mandala.

2017 Cohort Mandala
Students in the 4th cohort of the MCP-AT program were witnessed by Adlerian Community Members as they worked together for the first time creating art.
The rite of passage included a variety of “modes of awakening” (term coined by Ken Wilber and Joseph Campbell p. 171 in the Human Odyssey, 2014) which allowed for the expansion of capacity to experience the mystery which is “larger than ourselves”, a vital component for a creative academic program.

Leanne Bird, Celebrant
Leanne Bird, Alumni of the MCP-AT Program from the 2014 Cohort of “Pioneers”, performed the role of Celebrant moving a vision of the Nature Theme into intentional form. Through her leadership the ‘student journey metaphor’ became alive.

2017 MCP-AT Cohort
It is with the deepest appreciation that the Adler University Community welcomes the new students in the MCP-AT program and looks forward to their unique development as socially responsible counsellors and art therapists whose perspective is so greatly desired in the world.

Posted by: mentoringstore | January 14, 2017

Meet the Faculty of the MCP:Art Therapy Program, Adler University

By Hannah Adam, BA MCP-AT 2016 Cohort Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy Program, Adler University-Vancouver BC Campus                                         dr_duanita_eleniak_adler-mcpt_program_director_1

DR DUANITA G ELENIAK, Program Director

From the moment you step into her ‘wonderland-of-an-office’ to the moment she ushers you out of the “hobbit-hole” (the back-door of the seventh-floor faculty offices on the Vancouver campus), a meeting with Dr. Duanita G. Eleniak is an experience-and-a-half.

From the moment I met her during a campus tour in 2015 I’ve referred to Duanita as Harry Potter’s divination professor, or “Trelawney” (my dad amicably refers to her as “flapping Flanagan” – don’t ask me why). With her large, round eye framed by her larger, rounder glasses, and flowing outfits with accessories that move with her, Duanita struck me as a dead ringer for the beloved but quirky Hogwart’s professor. As I’ve gotten to know Duanita, however, I’ve noticed another stunning similarity between these two professors of magical subjects. Just as Trelawney delivered nuggets of pure gold in the most unexpected of circumstances, Duanita is an unexpected fount of knowledge in quirky, fantastical packaging.

Why should everyone have tea with Trelawney – I mean Duanita? Because she can explain in one hour why and how grad-school can be fun and easy. I’ve seen her do it actually, but don’t take it from me, go see for yourself! Or if you already find grad-school to be fun and easy, maybe you should meet her because she’s an award-winning author, researcher, educator, leader, and an all-around great conversationalist. If you can’t find time for a little tête-à-tête teatime, try a read through her books – “The Role of the Arts in the Transformation of Consciousness”, or if you’d prefer a more personal approach, “Be the Change: Acting with Intention”.

As for me, let’s just say I can’t wait to see what she does with her new office-space when the Vancouver campus moves!



Posted by: mentoringstore | October 31, 2016

Halloween Creativity with Counselling Art Therapy Students

 Whiskers twitched and cat eyes glowed with excitement as costumed children – angels, superheros, and animals – celebrated the 3rd Annual Vancouver Halloween Expo.



Counselling Art Therapy Student Morgan Coulson helps a child


This four day event is a fantasy festival of arts, cosplay, comics, anime, films and games, including performing arts exhibits and performances, concluding with a grand Halloween parade. This event, diverging from horror and gore, embraces people of all ages with fun and safe Halloween activities.



Counselling Art Therapy Student Elizabeth Ramsey and a youth melting crayons

Breigha Gillespie, Brynne Wambold, Elizabeth Ramsey, Hannah Adam, Lutetia Wallis-Mayer, and Morgan Coulson, students in Adler University’s Master of Counselling Psychology- Art Therapy program, warmly welcomed little ones and their families into a creative space where imaginations were inspired and playful experimentation with art was encouraged. Those of all ages (re)discovered the simple joy of exploring creativity in a safe environment inspired by the students’ radical hospitality.



Ghoulish yet fun and imaginative artistic activities were designed to appeal to people of all ages: face painting, crayon melting, colouring, mask making, and bowls of glowing oozy goo. The welcoming warmth of the students and the creative activities left attendees with huge smiles and a new perspective on Halloween spirit.

Adler University Master of Counselling Psychology- Art Therapy

Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo

Posted by: mentoringstore | October 31, 2016

Adler University’s ‘Group of Seven’

Adler University’s ‘Group of Seven’ counselling art therapy students graduated on October 29, 2016.  Brianna Campbell, Sarah Canning, Cassandra Evans, Tiff Kopp, Craig Lee, Lauren O’Keefe and Raman Samra are the very first students to graduate from the Master in Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy program and begin their work as BOTH counsellors and art therapists.


The uniqueness of their degree and their incredible abilities as socially responsible practitioners have already brought them success in the working world as they are hired in hospital, non-profit and private settings.

Program Faculty, staff, Adler University students, friends and family celebrated their accomplishments in a spirit of joy and appreciation.


Adler University extends its deepest respect for these amazing Pioneers and hopes to continue to support them as they transition to their special role as Adler University Alumni.



Posted by: mentoringstore | October 13, 2016

2016 Cohort to Study Psychology and Art Therapy

Adler University Vancouver Campus welcomes the new 2016 Cohort beginning their Master in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy (MCP-AT) Program.

NSO 2016 First Cohort Image Together

The New Student Orientation was a place for students to get to know each other by viewing images from the portfolios that they submitted as a pre-requisite for admission to the program.

NSO 2016 Feast

Faculty, staff, Alumni and students from the 2014 and 2015 Cohorts celebrated with an afternoon feast as they extended their congratulations and warmest welcome to the students accepted to this new leading edge program.

Check out YouTube to also get a flavor of the new 2016 Cohort through their images.

Posted by: mentoringstore | September 30, 2016

A World of Pure Imagination

Students in the 2016 Cohort entering the Master of Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy program at Adler University were invited to “Enter a World of Pure Imagination” during a ceremony marking the beginning of their education journey on their way to becoming counsellors and art therapists.

The students prepared “rose colored glasses” to wear into the ceremony to symbolize the fact that every one of us perceives the world differently.  Perception is as individual as fingerprints.

Inside Studio One the 2016 Cohort painted a traditional mandala together as staff, faculty, students and Alumni witnessed them painting together for the first time.

Check out the images from the event to get a feeling for the new 2016 Cohort and the Adler MCP-Art Therapy Program!




Posted by: mentoringstore | September 4, 2016

Creative Therapeutic Endings

The 2015 Cohort at Adler University, Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy Program ended their Summer semester with a closing activity to remember.

2015 Cohort Class Ending Ceremony.jpg

In the program, emphasis is placed on ensuring proper closings when working with individuals in therapy.  Illustrated in the image are rings of light and plants which the students took home to give them an experience of “gift-giving” as a therapeutic closing activity.

Students in the program practice creative therapeutic endings in their classes and enjoy experiences which they are able to remember as they pursue work in the field as counsellors and art therapists.

Posted by: mentoringstore | August 27, 2016

‘Images of Ethics’ Installation

The “Images of Ethics” Installation created by the 2015 Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy Cohort at Adler University, Vancouver Campus was heralded as “sensational” by those that attended. 

Handmade blankets

As the final assignment for their Ethics course, counselling/art therapy students worked with art materials and created a personal Image of Ethics for their offices after graduation to serve as a physical reminder to always practice at their highest level of integrity.

The 2015 Cohort created a special atmosphere fir the exhibition of their images by bringing them together in a Counselling Room Installation that resonated with warmth and connection.  

The individual creations of the students which included pillows, blankets, mobiles, pictures, bookends, ornaments, a terrarium, card decks, and wind chimes came together in a dynamic representation of the student’s commitment as socially responsible practitioners.   


Check out the Images of Ethics YouTube video to get a ‘feeling’ of the installation.



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