OUR VOLUNTEER ARTS THERAPISTS
Dr. Ara Parker
Dr. Ara Parker is a registered art therapist (RCAT), a registered psychotherapist (CRPO) and Canadian certified counsellor (CCC). A graduate of Lesley University’s Masters of Arts, Expressive Therapies program, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies at her alma mater. Dr. Ara Parker is a Red Pencil ambassador.
Francisca Solar earned her Masters of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy and a minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Presently, she is situated at Chile – working both as a freelance therapist as well as a facilitator for expressive arts workshops.
Kirstie Nel completed her masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies with a specialization in Art Therapy from the University of Haifa in Israel. She currently resides in South Africa and is working towards her professional registration with the HPCSA (Health Professional Council of South Africa). She has experience working with kids, adolescents, adults, elderly as well as persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. She has worked in schools, residential and day care facilities and outpatient addiction centers within multicultural and multilingual settings. She hopes to in the future pursue further research on approaches to art therapy practices in developing countries.
Dr. Penelope Orr
Dr. Penelope Orr is a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and an art therapy credentialed supervisor (ATCS). She is presently the Director of Art Therapy at Edinboro University – where she developed a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy program.