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March 2017

 

Safe Talk Training at St-Michael's High School

Sources of Strength Meeting to help grade 8 students transition to grade 9 at St-Michael's High School

Workshop with families at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School thanks to a Parents Reaching Out Grant

Interviews with mothers for The Mommy Monologues

 

February 2017

 

Interviews with mothers for The Mommy Monologues

Two workshops for Literacy Week at the Rockland Public School, Grades 1-3 and Grades 4&5

Sources of Strength, Stress Buster table for exams

 

January 2017

 

Interviews with mothers for The Mommy Monologues

Sources of Strength meeting with students, Saint Michael High School

 

December 2016

 

Interviews with mothers for The Mommy Monologues

End of my blog project, Ramblings of a 45 year old Woman

 

November 2016

 

Article about my upcoming book, The Mommy Monologues in The Kemptville Advance

Art Therapy workshop for parents and their children, sponsored by the Parents Reaching Out grant at Oxford on Rideau Public School

Booth at the Small Press Fair in Ottawa

Lots of moms interviewed for my book, The Mommy Monologues

 

October 2016

 

Divorce Diva, monthly group

Launch my writing project, The Mommy Monologues with a blog post and social media

Complete Sources Of Strength training at St-Mary CHS in Brockville to become an Adult Advisor

Offer a Have You Hugged Your Alien? workshop for Ontario Public Library week at the North Grenville Public Library

 

September 2016

 

Book Publishing Bootcamp-Black Card Books

Meeting with DEC Publishing-creating digital versions of my workshops

Approved for another PRO Grant to offer workshops for families, Oxford-on-Rideau Public School

French book ready to print, Un Câlin pour mon Martien, offering special edition to local French schools

Communicate with The Adoption Source to include my books and services as part of their resources

 

June 2016 

 

Book launch-The Story of Poobum and Pompom, North Grenville Library

Have You Hugged Your Alien? Workshop, Kemptville Public School, grade 4 students

 

May 2016 

 

Wish boxes, art therapy workshop with families, Kemptville Public School

 

April 2016 

 

Family art activity, Create Your Ideal Community, at the North Grenville Sustainability Fair, 10am to noon

Parents Reaching Out grant awarded for Communication workshops at the Kemptville Public School, April 23rd and 28th and, May 6th

 

March 2016

 

Half day Stress Management workshop with High Arts students at the Smiths Falls District High School

Translated the Canadian Art Therapy Association Newsletter, Vol 15, No. 1

 

February 2016

 

Creating flags with grade 4,5 and 6 students to raise awareness about child poverty, Oxford-on-Rideau Public School (flags showcased at Geronimo Coffee House for month of February)

 

January 2016

 

Started a new blog, Ramblings of a 45 year old woman

Have You Hugged Your Alien? workshop with grade 2 students at the Kemptville Public School

 

December 2015

 

Translated my book, Un Câlin pour mon Martien

Worked on my second book with illustrator Meredith Luce, The Story of Poobum and Pompom

Started a 12-day online support program for people struggling with depression over the holidays, Write out of the Gutter.

November 2015

 

Sassy Ladies workshop 

Divorce Divas workshop

Survivors of Sexual Abuse workshop

Photography Project to celebrate Kemptville Family Businesses with Moira Law-featured business: Grahame's Bakery Online Workshops 

"Write Out Of The Gutter"

Series of Online Life Skills Workshops for Elementary Schools: Creative Clusters 4 Calm Classes

 

October 2015 

 

Stress Management workshops at Kemptville Youth Centre every Friday

Photography Project to celebrate Kemptville Family Businesses with Moira Law-featured business: Howard Wilson Automotive

Divorce Divas workshop

Survivors of Sexual Abuse workshop

Online Workshops "Write Out Of The Gutter"

Series of Online Life Skills Workshops for Elementary Schools: Creative Clusters 4 Calm Classes

 

September 2015 

 

Art Break Community Art Project

Online Workshops "Write Out Of The Gutter"

Photography Project to celebrate Kemptville Family Businesses with Moira Law-featured business: B & H Your Community Grocer

Series of Online Life Skills Workshops for Elementary Schools: Creative Clusters 4 Calm Classes

Writing About Adults Who Were Bullied as Children for NG Times

 

August 2015

 

Follow-Up Meeting at Municipal Centre to Explore the Need for Addiction and Mental Health Services in Area

Divorce Diva Workshop

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Workshop

 

July 2015

 

Meet with Erika Cuccaro about Write out of the Gutter Program for Individuals with Depression

Mindful Art Therapy at Pine Gate Community

Art Therapy Workshop at Military Families Retreat  

 

June 2015

 

Meeting at Municipal Centre to Explore the Need for Addiction and Mental Health Services in Area

Meeting with Catholic School Board about Children and Teen Mental Health

Organize a Summer Program for Daughters and Friends

Create a Workbook to Promote Mental Health of Teenagers 

 

May 2015

 

Weekly Individual Art Therapy with Children in Crysler, Ontario

Workshop at Hospice in North Dundas

Meet with Ruth at Military Family Resource Centre to plan workshop for families

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Workshop

Divorce Diva Workshop

Case Conference with CAS rep clients

Mental Health Workshop with Teenagers at KYC to Create a Workbook

Proposal Submitted Through Parent Council to KPS for Family Workshops 

 

April 2015

 

Weekly Individual Art Therapy with Children in Crysler, Ontario

Survivors of Sexual Abuse workshop

Divorce Diva Workshop

Kiosk at Sustainability Fair (Draw Your Inner Landscape, Love Letters to Nature, Family Trees on Barn Board

Prepare a proposal for art therapy sessions with families at KPS with Parent Council Reps Amie and Charlotte

Receive second shipment of books "Have You Hugged Your Alien? Sold out

Participate in Jail & Bail for KYC

 

March 2015

Interview on CTV with Lianne Laing

Created Facebook Page for Have You Hugged Your Alien?

Article about book launch in The Kemptville Advance

Participating in Jail & Bail fundraiser for Kemptville Youth Centre

Weekly individual art therapy with children in Crysler, Ontario

Sold out of Have You Hugged Your Alien? Books

 

February 2015

Book launch at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School

Share the Love art auction for Habitat for Humanity, boxes created by children raise $50

Divorce Divas Workshop

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Workshop

Interview on Juice FM with Diana Fisher to promote the book

Receive Have You Hugged Your Alien? book

Weekly individual art therapy with children in Crysler, Ontario

Workshop at Beth Donovan Hospice Day Program for Valentine's Day

 

January 2015

Divorce Divas

Special project with Grade 3 students at Kemptville Public School- Share the Love, art project to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

Visit Grade 1 students at Kemptville Public School to celebrate winter through art

Mental Health Promotion proposal submitted to Upper Canada District School Board

 

December 2014

Divorce Divas

After-school art program at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School 

Publishing Have You Hugged Your Alien?, a book for children about the healthy expression of emotions

Christmas with my family!

 

November 2014

Throughout November, in honor of our soldiers, Art & Soul will be offering FREE counseling sessions for couples every Monday from 9-5pm for "Military Mondays". Also, military wives can join me for the FREE "Military Mamas" group every Wednesday at 11am. If you are a soldier diagnosed with PTSD, book a FREE consultation during the day on a Wednesday throughout November. Let's work together to create connections in Kemptville". To reserve a spot, e-mail me at artnsoul@ripnet.com

Posted an online workshop for couples growing together through ptsd on You Tube: "Loving Your Soldier Through PTSD"

Creating Christmas centrepieces with clients at the Hospice Day Program

Offering an after-school art program at Oxford-on-Rideau in Oxford Mills (pilot program until Christmas Break)

 

October 2014

A new "Sassy Ladies" English group is launched on Oct. 4th, 11am to noon

A new "Parents of Teens" workshop starts on October 11th, 11am to noon

Workshop for "Partners of People with PTSD" offered through the Military Family Resource Centre on Oct. 19th in Calabogie Peaks

September 2014

"Express Your Self: Making Pain Visible" workshop, was scheduled for Sept. 12th at Community Connections. This venue closed therefore it has become an online project: people create art and write a message about their pain, they send the image and message to me, I add it to the Instagram file and create an art show to raise awareness about "invisible" pain (depression, anxiety, grief, ptsd, suicidal ideation etc)

Begin a monthly series of workshops for the Hospice Day Program Sept. 11th

A new "Divorce Diva" group starts on Sept. 20th 11am to noon

A new "Sassy Ladies" French group is launched on Sept. 27th 11am to noon

July/August 2014

Took the summer off to be with my girls

Completed the 16 week module on Jurisprudence from the College of Psychotherapists

Worked on "Have You Hugged Your Alien?" children's book with Meredith Luce and Erika Cuccaro

June 2014

Self-Care Workshop for Activity Professionals and Managers in Long Term Care

October has been a busy month.
I attended the Canadian Art Therapy Association conference in Gatineau on October 4th, 5th and 6th 2013.
The North Grenville Times reported on my launch and upcoming projects in their October 9th 2013 issue.
My art studio was finally ready for clients on October 15th 2013. 
I received professional photos of my space from Meredith at Luce Designs on October 16th 2013.
CTV's Regional Contact interviewed me on October17th 2013
I posted a new blog about my launch on October 17th 2013.
I am completing my training on Trauma-Informed Art Therapy.
Coming up:
Thursday October 24th: 20 minute sample art therapy sessions for $20 from 10-3 and 5-8pm
Tuesday October 29th: Divorce Diva Workshop 6:30-8pm $40 per participant
Thursday October 31st: 20 minute sample art therapy sessions for $20 from 10-3 and 5-8pm
Monday November 4th: Partners of P.T.S.D. Workshop 6:30-8pm $40 per participant
Saturday November 16th: Drop-in art program at the Kemptville Youth Centre 3-5pm
Tuesday November 26th: Self Care for the Caregiver workshop 10 am - noon $40 per participant
Saturday December 14th: Drop-in art program at the Kemptville Youth Centre 3-5pm
Meredith Luce and I are working hard to publish a deck of 50 cards with art therapy directives for ten transitions faced by women throughout the life cycle by Christmas 2013
Tuesday January 21st: Mothers of Preschoolers (M.O.P.S.) workshop
Offering Skype sessions to reach out to women living in detention centres, families from military bases, new parents who are unable to travel (no babysitting, too far, sleep deprived, no transportation) and families in shelters.
Developing online workshops as another option for people who cannot participate in individual sessions (distance, cost).
Visit my Facebook Support Groups: 1-Partners of P.T.S.D., 2-Mommy Mentors

Here is a look at my monthly art therapy groups starting in May 2014. The cost is $40 per participant. Participants must e-mail me at artnsoul@ripnet.com to register. There are only five participants per session.

Saturday Mornings:

Teen Art Group (first Saturday of each month, 11am-12pm)

The goal of each session is to offer a safe place where teens can gather, use the art materials and connect with their peers. Everything discussed in the group is confidential. Participation in this group can create a sense of belonging, foster new friendships, offer support and provide tools for constructive self-expression.

Divorce Divas (second Saturday of each month, 11am-12pm)

Get your groove back! Getting divorced beats the granny out if you. Come and meet others who are undergoing this process or have survived it. Get creative, have a few laughs, let everything out and breathe. Feel lighter and supported.

Survivors of Childhood Abuse (third Saturday of each month, 11am-12pm)

Life after trauma can be challenging. Verbal therapy can feel daunting if you have no words to express what you have experienced. Meeting others who understand is a good place to start recovery. This group provides an opportunity for self-expression, acceptance, belonging and healing. Art gives you a voice. The group is your safety net.

Parents of Teens (fourth Saturday of each month, 11am-12pm)

Loving and supporting a teenager is hard work. Meet with other parents, share triumphs and tribulations, cheer and comfort each other. You'll find that creative work is like a visual meditation. It helps you focus, release emotions and gain insight. You will feel empowered and supported.

Thursday Mornings:

Birth Art (first Thursday of each month, 11am-12pm)

Explore your excitement and apprehension with other moms. Gain some insight and confidence. Art can help you prepare for childbirth; rehearsing your ideal scenario, anchoring calm sensations in your body and filling your mind with soothing images. 

Support for People Living with Depression/Anxiety (second Thursday of each month, 11am-12pm)

Explore your anxiety through images, sensations, hues and words. Bring color and texture back into your life. Share tips and resources with others. Meet people who understand. Support each other in a confidential, creative and calming environment.

Partners of People with PTSD (third Thursday of each month, 11am-12pm)

When a loved one suffers, every family member is affected. Torn between self-care, compassion for one's partner and, in some cases, parenting, life can get overwhelming. Don't suffer in isolation. Meet other strong partners, exchange helpful information or resources, laugh and feel supported by those who understand.

Self-Care for Caregivers (fourth Thursday of each month, 11am-12pm)

If you are always busy looking after others, this workshop is for you. Take some time for yourself; to breathe, create and connect with others. Leave each session feeling lighter, stronger and supported.

 

October has been a busy month.

I attended the Canadian Art Therapy Association conference in Gatineau on October 4th, 5th and 6th 2013.

The North Grenville Times reported on my launch and upcoming projects in their October 9th 2013 issue.

My art studio was finally ready for clients on October 15th 2013. 

I received professional photos of my space from Meredith at Luce Designs on October 16th 2013.

CTV's Regional Contact interviewed me on October17th 2013

I posted a new blog about my launch on October 17th 2013.

I am completing my training on Trauma-Informed Art Therapy.

Thursday October 24th: 20 minute sample art therapy sessions for $20 from 10-3 and 5-8pm

Tuesday October 29th: Divorce Diva Workshop 6:30-8pm $40 per participant

Thursday October 31st: 20 minute sample art therapy sessions for $20 from 10-3 and 5-8pm

Monday November 4th: Partners of P.T.S.D. Workshop 6:30-8pm $40 per participant

Wednesday November 6th: Received my deck of art therapy cards, created with Meredith Luce (selling for $20 each)

Friday November 8th: Workshop with grade 2 students at Kemptville Public School at 1:30pm

Monday November 11th: Post a new blog about P.T.S.D.

Saturday November 16th: Drop-in art program at the Kemptville Youth Centre 3-5pm

Tuesday November 19th: Workshop with the Kemptville Rotary Club at 6:30pm at The Branch Restaurant

Tuesday November 26th: Self Care for the Caregiver workshop 10 am - noon $40 per participant

Saturday December 14th: Drop-in art program at the Kemptville Youth Centre 3-5pm

Meredith Luce and I are working hard to publish a deck of 50 cards with art therapy directives for ten transitions faced by women throughout the life cycle by Christmas 2013

Tuesday January 21st: Mothers of Preschoolers (M.O.P.S.) workshop

Offering Skype sessions to reach out to women living in detention centres, families from military bases, new parents who are unable to travel (no babysitting, too far, sleep deprived, no transportation) and families in shelters.

Developing online workshops as another option for people who cannot participate in individual sessions (distance, cost).

Visit my Facebook Support Groups: 1-Partners of P.T.S.D., 2-Mommy Mentors

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