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Kathleen Lightman

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Kathleen Lightman has been a mental health professional for the past 35 years, 22 of which were as a Child and Family Therapist and senior clinician at Mary Manning Centre, the specialized service for child abuse for S. Vancouver Island.  She also contracted for many years with the Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Team to provide therapy to its clients.  She taught and supervised post-bachelor and Masters students in the BC Art Therapy’s clinical training program from 1984-2011. Prior to that she worked as part of a multidisciplinary team leading art therapy groups in the Psychiatric Day Program at Eric Martin, Royal Jubilee Hospital. Today she maintains a professional practice in art psychotherapy, counselling and art for creative self-exploration.
Kathleen co-founded the Victoria Art Therapy Society and the Art Therapy Centre in Victoria, and served as Registrar of the BC Art Therapy Association.
Kathleen has a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia as well as a graduate level diploma in art psychotherapy from the BC School of Art Therapy in Victoria, following the prerequisite psychology coursework at the University of Victoria.
Kathleen’s interest in social issues led her from work as a commercial artist to a position on the Ombuds Service at Vancouver Status of Women, which then influenced her choice of a career in therapy.
Kathleen still exhibits her art work and was co-founder of the Pender Islands Artisan Co-operative and the Red Tree Gallery. Kathleen joined the board of PIHCS in 2017 and is pleased to be part of an organization that supports community and the arts in health.  She and her husband have made their home on Pender Island since 1997.