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.



Posted by: mentoringstore | August 3, 2016

Celebrating the Art Therapy Program at Adler University

Community members came together at Adler University, Vancouver Campus in a collage of “Shelfies” to celebrate the completion of the first full two year cycle of the new Masters in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program.

Staff and faculty from all programs on campus took pictures of their bookshelves which were displayed in a visual demonstration of community support for the very first seven graduates of the MCP:AT program.

The “Shelfies” below are a true display of the diversity of roles and interests that needed to work together as one in order to successfully complete a cutting edge training program  in both verbal and meta-verbal skills for socially responsible practitioners.

It truly took a community to raise 7 new counsellor art therapists for the world!



Posted by: mentoringstore | January 20, 2016

Psychology and Art in Education

Open Art Therapy Studios and their benefits for campus life at Adler University Vancouver Campus were a conversation highlight at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education after a presentation by Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy students Raman Samra BA, Sarah Canning BA, Demill Keevil BFA and their Program Director Dr. Duanita G. Eleniak.IMG_9315

The ‘Aloha Team’s” findings, as reported in their paper, sparked keen interest at the conference which brought together hundreds of educators, academicians, mental health practitioners, and professionals in related fields from more than 30 countries worldwide to connect and discuss cross-disciplinary interests relevant to education.IMG_9244

The effectiveness of Open Art Therapy Studios in facilitating community and connection in an academic setting was demonstrated through an experiential workshop created to foster within participants the same “feelings” generated within Open Studios on campus.IMG_9314

Through this integrated experience participants left knowing in the very cells of their Being the beneficial psychological aspects of  engaging one’s creativity and how the experience of Open Studios can result in increasing the well-being and effectiveness of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners in an academic setting.IMG_9239


For a full reading and account of the benefits of Open Art Studios on campus, refer to the full paper here.

For a bigger picture and experience of the the MCP: Art Therapy Program at Adler University Vancouver Canada campus click here.



Duanita G. Eleniak, Ph.D., Program Director of the Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy at Adler University, Vancouver Campus is quoted on the Adler blog:
“A socially responsible art therapist will show clients how to ignite the raw material of imagination in order to actually see and touch new possibilities for a hopeful future; to elicit the emotions and vision required to transform systems, thus furthering the well-being of all.”


“Weaving together art, psychology, science, mythology, theology, heart, passion and commitment, we are able to move beyond the limitations of reason to dimensions that easily cross boundaries and allow for new and better forms to emerge.” – Eleniak –

Posted by: mentoringstore | September 16, 2015

Art Therapy Education: Adler University

Please enjoy “A Threshold for Wisdom”, welcoming words for the Fall 2015 Cohort  Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy Students at Adler University, Vancouver Campus written and delivered by  Dr. Evangeline Rand, Adjunct Faculty.


Maggie Hambling, Suffolk, England – In honor of Benjamin Britten – Scallop Shell


The Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (MCP:AT) Program at Adler University, Vancouver Campus welcomed the  new 2015 Fall Cohort in a moving ceremony called “A Threshold to Wisdom”.

MCP: Art Therapy New Student Orientation Ceremony

MCP: Art Therapy New Student Orientation Ceremony

The ceremony was experienced in an installation created in Studio One which transformed the classroom into a sanctuary held by veils of rainbow colors representing the 7 Female Liberal Arts.

Seven Female Liberal Arts Installation

Seven Female Liberal Arts Installation

Second year students from the very first cohort of the MCP:AT program (Fall 2014) led the new students into the installation across the ‘threshold’ through the replica of a traditional Japanese ceremonial door.  They were invited to symbolically release their “old selves” and their “armour” before entering the liminal space created in their classroom in order to begin their  transformative journey over the next two years of their training.

Japanese Teahouse Styled Door created by MCP:AT student Sun Lee.

Japanese Teahouse Styled Door created by MCP:AT student Sun Lee.

Students line up wearing masks just before the ceremony.

Students donned masks made by the 2014 Cohort Students and moved into the role of their creatures as they entered a sacred circle around the traditional Class Canvass which MCP: Art Therapy students make at the beginning of their studies.

Dr. Rand Begins the Storytelling

Dr. Evangeline Rand, Adjunct Faculty at the Vancouver Campus, led the rite of passage in story-telling fashion.  Dressed in full costume she read her moving speech as she pulled artifacts from her vest pockets (fashioned in the style of a Jewish prayer shawl) to illustrate the story.The Canvas for the Traditional Cohort Mandala is Prepared

The new students were then witnessed by students, faculty, staff, the Dean and Alumni of Adler University as they made their first “marks” on the 2015 Traditional Class Canvass.

The 2015 MCP:AT Cohort Class Canvas is Complete

The 2015 MCP:AT Cohort Class Canvas is Complete

After the ceremony the community enjoyed a delightful feast in celebration of the beginning of a new academic year!

Wonderful Food Amidst a Seashore Theme

Wonderful Food Amidst a Seashore Theme

The feast was prepared by second year MCP:AT students.

The feast was prepared by second year MCP:AT students.

Tea in

Tea in “fancy teacups” are a Signature feature of the MCP:AT Program

Posted by: mentoringstore | August 12, 2015

International Social Justice Practicums at Adler University

Panchayat Students

Younger and older students work together on therapeutic art activities lead by Cassandra Evans.

Adler University prides itself on it’s contribution to the international community and aims to train socially responsible practitioners and international citizens. Three Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy students, along with three Master of Counselling students, traveled to Chennai, and Mamallapuram, in the Tamil Nadu region of India to complete their Social Justice Practicum (SJP). Working closely with local organizations, students will provide skilled volunteer services for one month.

Smiling student working independently on his artwork.

Smiling student working independently on his artwork.

Two of these students, Cassandra Evans and Lauren O’Keefe, are working closely with United Community Action Network (UCAN). UCAN is a not for profit organization run by a Mamallapuram local that has been providing assistance to the rural surrounding areas of the town for over ten years.

Students actively listening to instructions.

Students actively listening to instructions.

 Lauren and Cassandra are working closely to provide therapeutic art activities with students at the Panchayat Primary School, a government school which provides free education to low income families in the rural area. The school is open to gypsies, tribal people and Indians of all religions and castes. The school is a two-room structure that educates 25 students grades one through five under the watchful eye of one teacher and one assistant.

Cassandra Evans working with children at the Panchayat Primary School.

Cassandra Evans working with children at the Panchayat Primary School.

Stay tuned for more images coming out of India!

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