Class of 2018 Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy students were welcomed to the Master of Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy Program at Adler University, Vancouver BC Canada campus by the Adlerian community in a Welcome Celebration that began with a warm up art activity.  Students painted their hands expressing their uniqueness and creativity.


The procession of students were led to the Studio where they came together to do art for the first time as a class.

The Class Mandala was created following a tradition for the MCP-AT program which dates back to the first class of Pioneers in 2014.  First time the new class worked together.

Group Mandala 2

The feast and celebrations followed the art making in the usual demonstration of radical hospitality and a fun milieu.

The Class of 2016 ‘Precious Gifts’ and Class of 2017 ‘Voyagers’ organized the event and kicked off the new 2018/19 school year and the uniqueness of Class 5 – the ‘Constellation’ as only a community focused on connection with each other can!


Congratulations to the ‘Voyagers’, the 2017 Cohort in the Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy program at Adler University – Vancouver Campus who hosted the 2018 Annual Exhibition & Fundraiser creating a community event for all to remember!  Take a moment to join in the warm feelings that were shared by all!

Video of the 2018 Adler Exhibition @ramzphotostudio

2018 'Voyagers' & Faculty

Dr Silberberg, John Gingrich, Emily Piper, Derryl-Lynn Braumberger, Lara Fitzgerald, Fiona Thatcher, Tzu-hsuan Lin, Lauren Buckley, Dr Eleniak, Melika Mirilavassani, Shivani Agarwal, Giulia Santaca, Sookyung Ah, Leanne Bird (faculty).

All images were graciously provided by @ramzphotstudio  #ramzphotostudio

Posted by: mentoringstore | March 14, 2018

2017 Graduation for Counselling Art Therapy Students

Sixteen Master of Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy Students (MCP-AT) from Adler University completed their studies and joined with the other programs for the 2017 Adler University Graduation on September 23, 2017.


Samantha Chrol, MCP-AT Alumni, was voted Valedictorian and gave a speech on behalf of the all the graduates at the ceremony.

Congratulations to 2014 Cohort students, ‘Pioneers’  Leanne Bird, Elizabeth Ramsey and Yasaman Mandanikia.

Congratulations to the 2015 Cohort students, the “Crayons” including Sam Chrol, Julie Fleury, Demill Keevil, Ann-Alise Keeping, Angelika Schulz, Virginia Chomley, Kathryn Pybus, Carmen Ho, Ruth Andrews, Arin Clarke, Heather Hassenbein, Lyndsey Cattrysse, and Emma James.

The Adler Community’s support and best wishes are with you as you move into the world as socially responsible art therapists and counsellors.


Posted by: mentoringstore | March 14, 2018

The Artist’s Way (Cameron)

 Adler University Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy program (MCP-AT) students welcomed six individuals into an Artist’s Way Creative Cluster (Cameron, 2002); a place in which recovering artists begin their journey of creative recovery.

“What is The Artist’s Way?” The answer is unique for all whom enter into its pages; author Julia Cameron (2002) describes it as a “spiritual workshop aimed at freeing people’s creativity” (p.7). This workshop brings the recovering artist on a quest, a pilgrimage towards truth, spirituality, deconstruction and reconstruction.

Photo Credit: Lara Fitzgerald

Our creative cluster has developed into an inspiring space for sharing insights, questions, successes and challenges that participants encounter as they work through each chapter in Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way.

The creative cluster has recovered a sense of safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection and strength. MCP-AT student facilitators, Lutetia Wallis-Mayer, Fiona Thatcher, and Lara Fitzgerald offered a buffet of nourishing activities to facilitate creative recovery.

The group has embraced the concept of radical hospitality: a stance of respect, welcoming and offering nourishment to the whole person, mind body and soul. The creative cluster has also engaged with guided meditations, grounding exercises and art making, a powerful way to compassionately link us all together.

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.



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