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Vancouver | Program Director | Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy | Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship

Duanita G. Eleniak, Ph.D.



As a registered clinical social worker, registered, board-certified art therapist, philosopher of consciousness studies, educator, and author I value the role that art plays in the transformation of consciousness. For me, daily engagement with creative source energy is essential to living a dynamic, joyful life. This is what I love to inspire in relationship with my students, clients and all those that enter my world.

During my career, which has spanned more than three decades now, I have been privileged to witness the mysterious experiences that happenwhen we engage with the creative process. My interests are in the area of transpersonal psychology. I am always excited to learn more about the cutting edge connections being made between and across fields of enquiry at this point in history. I am particularly interested in creating therapeutic environments and the impact that they have in stimulating a sense of well-being. I have worked with canine co-therapists and continue to explore the intricacies of interspecies cooperation in these therapeutic adventures with clients, communities and ourselves!

I enjoy my work in Counselling Art Therapy at Adler University especially because of the focus on social responsibility. This value connects with my early work as a clinical social worker in battered women shelters, rape crisis centers and with action groups helping to change the sexual assault laws in Canada in the eighties. The sense of community at Adler University is profound and I appreciate the chance to participate in learning and growing with such a wonderful group of people.

I have always loved learning and hope to inspire students and colleagues to share their profound work and ideas in order that academia move beyond the ‘ivory tower’ and our knowledge, wisdom and experience become accessible internationally to empower people as they derive pleasure through access to information.

Please email or call me 236.521.2428 if you have any questions or would like more information about me.



  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Consciousness Studies, International University of Professional Studies
  • M.S.W., University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • ATR-BC BCATR RCAT, British Columbia School of Art Therapy, BC Canada
  • B.S.W., University of Calgary, Alta Canada
  • Performing Artist, Diploma in Performing Arts, New Image College of Performing Arts, Vancouver BC Canada
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Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Eleniak, D. (2009). Changing the world through the arts. Canadian Journal of Art Therapy.  Winter 2009.
Book Review

Book Review

  • Eleniak, D. (2011). The psychology of spirituality: An introduction. By Dr. Larry Culliford, in Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal.

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