Shelley is a Registered Expressive Arts Educator/Consultant (REACE #32) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is also a Registered Counsellor and a Registered Counselling Supervisor (MTC, RCS #1019) with the Association of Cooperative Counsellors of Canada.
Publications and E-Courses
Shelley has written 20 expressive arts e-courses and e-books for personal and professional development on her website Expressive Art Workshops and through her online classroom portal. 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 own 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 program, providing projects in painting, poetry, textiles, clay and weaving to artists 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 local communities.
Counselling and Supervision
Shelley offers one-to-one expressive arts facilitation and creative counselling via Skype internationally and in her local therapy space in Nelson BC. She also supports arts facilitators to originate their authentic art facilitation style through her online peer support group for expressive arts facilitators 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 how their creative process supports self-awareness, emotional healing, and soul connection.
Peer Support for Expressive Arts Facilitators
Shelley facilitates a free international online support group for expressive arts facilitators. She also shares free articles on emotional healing and arts facilitation on her Expressive Art Inspirations Blog.