EDUCATION: Kutenai Art Therapy Institute [2013- 2015] Graduate Diploma; Art Therapy
Goldsmiths College, University of London [2002-2005] Honors Bachelor of Arts; Fine Art and History of Art. 2.1
WORK EXPERIENCE Faculty at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute [July 2019 - Current] - Researched, integrated and developed course content - Teach art therapy history (Campus and Distance), Group Dynamics and Therapeutic Skills (distance students), Communication Theory, Creativity and Counselling Skills (pre-req course) - Developed and presented a module on current best practises for Online Art Therapy - Developed and taught ‘How to facilitate a virtual open studio’ - Supported students and other faculty members
Virtual Open Studio Facilitator and Developer at Kutenai Art Therapy Institute [May 2020 - October 2020] - Researching and developing open studio content - Virtually holding therapeutic space via zoom - Evaluation of the projects success
Art Therapist, Bright Lights studio/Kutenai Art Therapy Open Studio [September 2018 - September 2019] - Facilitated a hugely successful twice-weekly Art Therapy group for participants who are homeless, living in shelters or otherwise marginalised at Salvation Army. Multi agency working. Evaluated the project and supported future funding bids. - Offered a Saturday open studio for families with a weekly project I developed weekly.
Private practise, heART space, face to face and online courses/retreats at www.kateleppard.com [September 2015 - Current] - Designed, facilitated, marketed and evaluated online courses: The heART Call (An intro to art therapy) and heART to heART (an international art conversation project). - Grew and developed a Facebook community called heART space with over 1000 members, where I share a creative project each month that offers insight and reflection. - One to one art therapy in Nelson and online. Sessions with children and adults. - Workshops and retreats have included: Unveiling the Mystery Within (Thailand, 2017), Awakening Shakti Retreat (India, 2016), co-facilitated The Art of Womankindness (Uxbridge, 2016), Art Therapy workshops for Women (Toronto, 2015)
Practicum Placements [September 2013 – April 2015] McKim Cottage, Women’s Art Therapy Group, Clubhouse, Bigby Artists, Selkirk Transitional Training Program, Child/Adolescent Individual Art Therapy - Designed and facilitated a weekly Art Therapy group in a Crisis/Stabilization residential treatment center for adults with mental illness. - Designed, co-facilitated and evaluated a 2-hour weekly insight orientated women’s art therapy group conducting intake assessments, goal-setting, and catering to the needs of each individual, with the goal of integration and change. - Co-facilitated a 2-hour weekly art therapy open studio for adults with mental illness. - Co-facilitated a weekly Art group for adults with developmental disabilities. - Conducted research for my graduate major project, “Art Therapy Activities for Adults who are Differently-Abled”. - Worked one-on-one provided Art Therapy for individual clients. - Conducted intake assessments with clients and parents, set goals and evaluated progress. Land-based Learning Apprenticeship [August 2010-August 11] Embercombe (UK) - Designed, facilitated and evaluated education programs for 4-18 year olds and adults (ranging from 2 hour workshops to 6 day residential programs) based on nature awareness; growing vegetables; fire making, shelter building, water,craft and foraging; interactive theatre and art making. - Implemented a successful marketing campaign through designing and producing a leaflet, writing a monthly education blog and attending events to promote educational work. - Inducted, supported, trained and managed volunteers.
Art Teacher and Learning Mentor [September-December 2008] Kensington and Chelsea Pupil Support Service (UK) - Taught art to 11-16 year olds with emotional behavioral difficulties and young offenders with constant liaison with relevant staff members.
Education Project Officer [July 2006-December 2007] FBA and Mall Galleries (UK) - Developed, managed, taught and evaluated the UCre8 program in North London, aimed at disadvantaged 5-18 year olds, to promote creativity and personal expression through art culminating in an art show and the Primary Schools Program.
Young Refugee Activity Leader and Assistant [September 2005-September 2006] Newham Community Renewal Program - Led art and assisted with dance and drama workshops with refugee and asylum seeker children aged 4-12.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: March onwards One to one therapy sessions, Thailand/Online November 2015 Women's Art Therapy Workshops, Toronto, Canada Mar 13 onwards Women's healing sessions facilitator, Thailand/Canada Sept – Oct 12 Women's circles facilitator, Koh Phangan, Thailand March 12 Expressive art facilitator. With parents and children, India Sept 11 onwards Individual dreamwork and nature based/medicine work sessions. With adults in NZ, Thailand, Turkey Sept 11 Dream circle facilitator, Macedonia Feb – July 11 Women's circles co-facilitator, Embercombe, UK Mar – July 11 Forest Art Leader, Forest Schools & Home Schools Facilitator, Embercombe, UK June – Mar 10 Drawing together, dreaming together Facilitator, Auroville, India June – Nov 09 Art workshop leader, Chutri, Tamil Nadu. Led creative activities for village children in India Sept - Dec 08 Artist Researcher, Mall Galleries, London, UK. Interviewed Artists and collated data for a database Sept 08 Art workshop leader, Painting in Hospitals, London, UK. Led 3 art workshops for 6-11 year olds on health and well being resulting in a published Christmas card. July 08&09 Art Workshop Leader, WOMAD festival. Children’s Workshop using recycled materials to create a garden. (age 4-14) April 08 Art Workshop Facilitator, Auroville, India. Womens art workshop (Adult) Aug 07 Art Workshop Leader, Brixton Urban Green Fair. Children’s Permaculture June 07 Classroom volunteer, TARU. Art educational project in schools promoting recycling and regeneration through carnival, arts and play. (Primary) June 06 Artist Educator, Cleves Primary School, Newham, UK. 1 week Artist Residency focusing on Refugee issues for KS1 and 2. March 06 Art Facilitator, Rural Institute for Women, Indore, India. Creating tribal art with rural young women. (14+) Sept 05 Art Workshop Leader, Festival of Life. Making a mural with children 2-12
Leppard, Kate (2015). Art Therapy Activities for Adults who are Differently-Abled. Kutenai Art Therapy Institute.
- Presented at the CATA conference on Online Art Therapy - Art of Art Therapy Supervision Symposium Level 2, Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (2020) - Sacred Journeys into Yoga for Women 200 TTC (2020) - Presented at the CATA conference on Bright Lights Studio (2019) - Art of Art Therapy Supervision Symposium Level 1, Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (2019) - Narrative Therapy Training, BC Gambling Association (2019) - SOGI training, UBC (2019) - Mindful Art Therapy course, American Art Therapy Association (2016) - Professional Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (2015) - Current - Shaun McNiff ‘Imagination in Action Workshop’ (2015) - Carl Jung Society member (2015) - Student member of the American Art Therapy Association 2015 - Current - Attended CATA Conference (2014) - Universal Healing Tao Tantra Facilitator and Chi Gung Instructor (2013) - Dreamwork with Toko-pa (2013 & 2015) - Thangka Painting (2012) - Awakening Aphrodite (2012) - Forest Schools Practitioner Award (2011) - 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (2008) - Non Violent Communication (2008) - From Favela to the World – Training Forum with AfroReggae (2007) - Artsaward leader in Bronze and Silver (2006)
CPD I am currently studying Cathy Malchiodi’s online level one trauma course.
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