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Heather McLaughlin

Senior Lecturer: Creative Arts Therapies Department, DIrector: Concordia Arts in Health Centre, Concordia University

Heather McLaughlin is a board certified art therapist, registered marriage and family therapist, licensed psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Concordia University, Art Therapy Graduate Program Director and the Director of the new Concordia Arts in Health Centre. She was part of the core faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Argyle Institute for Human Relations and spent many years working in community arts education. She maintains a private practice working with individuals, couples and families with a focus on relationships, trauma, and compassion. Ecological and social justice are her central concerns and have been a focus in all of her work.

Experience

  • 2004–present
    Art Therapist, psychotherapist, Private practice
  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, Concordia University
  • 2014–2022
    Lecturer, Concordia University
  • 2007–2015
    Core faculty- MFT program, Argyle Institute for Human Relations
  • 2005–2011
    Youth and Teen Director, Visual Arts Centre
  • 2000–2010
    Art instructor, Visual Arts Centre

Education

  • 2007 
    Argyle Institute, MFT Diploma
  • 2004 
    Concordia University, MA in Art Therapy
  • 1995 
    Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, BFA
  • 1994 
    École National des Beaux Arts, Paris, Exchange

Publications

  • 2012
    (w/ Shalmon, M. and Keefler, J.) The use of art in couples and family therapy., Intervention, la revue de l’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Pilot projects: Concordia Arts in Health Centre and Health
    Role:
    project lead
    Funding Source:
    Raschkowan foundation
  • 2020
    Concordia Arts in Health Centre and Health and Wellness Services: developing a collaborative working model
    Role:
    project lead
    Funding Source:
    SHIFT Grant

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor- Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Professional Member- Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec
  • Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy Permit holder- Ordre Professionel des Psychologues du Quebec
  • Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)- Art Therapy Credential Board
  • Professional Member- Association des arts thérapeutes du Québec