Shelley is a Registered Expressive Arts Educator/Consultant with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is also a Registered Counsellor and a Registered Counselling Supervisor with the Association of Cooperative Counsellors of Canada.
Publications and E-Courses
Shelley has written 16 expressive arts e-courses and e-books - available on her website Expressive Art Workshops and published by Daily Om. Shelley offers expressive arts e-courses from beginner to advanced levels that support the self-expression of original thought, authentic emotions and intuitive insight. Shelley also supports expressive arts facilitators to start art programs in their communities.
Studio and Community Art
Shelley worked in Artworks Studio in Burnaby, BC for nine years with a team of artists and art therapists to maintain a large working art studio that provided projects in painting, textiles, clay and weaving to seniors with varying levels of dementia and physical challenges.
Shelley has developed and presented many therapeutic art programs over the years to various populations. Shelley has developed art studio programs for incarcerated youth, and adults with acquired brain injuries and developmental disabilities. Shelley is a founding member of Magpie's Nest Community Art Space in Vancouver, facilitating expressive arts for parents and children in community.
Counselling and Supervision
Shelley offers one-to-one art facilitation and creative therapy via Skype. She also supports art facilitators to originate their authentic art facilitation style through peer connection, and she provides creative process-oriented supervision to counsellors.
Expressive Arts Initiatives
Shelley maintains three online sharing portals that promote the healing benefits of the expressive arts. Creative Healing Stories is a sharing portal that celebrates the therapeutic power of the expressive arts as they support the transformation of emotional pain into personal purpose. Art Programs Around the World celebrates grassroots expressive arts facilitation efforts around the world. Creative Process Portal is place for artists to share the joy of how their creative process supports self-awareness, emotional healing, and soul connection.
Shelley facilitates a free international online support group for expressive arts facilitators, and offers free daily Expressive Art Inspirations on Facebook. She also shares free articles on emotional healing and art facilitation on her Expressive Art Inspirations Blog.
For many who go through academic systems, the support system is built-in through supervision. Yet, many of us are originating and facilitating expressive arts, spiritual arts and creative classes outside of structured academic systems.
This service is for people who are establishing creative teaching or healing systems, and would like to share in a Skype group with supportive and equal peers. This space is also for Canadian therapists who would like to apply this group work to their yearly supervision hours.
If you love learning and teaching from life experience, and you often use intuitive guidance as your "learning structure," and you are in the process of designing programs that do not always seem to "fit" into existing social paradigms, this peer connection service is for you.