Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT, has taught and practiced art therapy for over 30 years. She added the practice of sandplay to her work 20 years ago. Josie directed art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill College. She has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Naropa University, Vermont College, and Mount Mary College. In recent years, she was the coordinator and taught in the summer graduate creative arts therapy program at Pratt Institute. Josie has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including: archetypal art therapy, sandplay and art therapy, art therapy and Deaf culture, and the language of aesthetics and metaphor.
Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC, is founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy and its online professional training division, the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She is the author of nine books on journal writing for personal growth and in clinical practice, including the Journal to the Self and Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice. Kay is known globally for her visionary leadership in standards-based practice of journal therapy.
Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, is a graduate of the NYU art therapy program, where she was trained by Edith Kramer. She has worked with children and adults in inpatient/outpatient settings for over 30 years. As an instructor in psychiatry at the Univ. of MS Medical Center, Susan provides art therapy services and teaches psychiatry residents about the use of art therapy with medically ill and psychiatric patients. She provides workshops and training on the benefits of art therapy and use of the creative process to strengthen resilience.
Desiree Aspiras, MA, is a marriage and family therapy intern in private practice and is trained in dignity therapy. She received her master’s in MFT from the University of San Diego and completed her clinical training at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry Services. During this time, Desiree provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy to a diverse population of adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Her previous background includes nine years working in the nonprofit sector, in both small and large arts organizations, where she played integral roles in managing fundraising, events, and volunteers.
Diane Austin, DA, ACMT, LCAT, is the director of the Music Psychotherapy Center, where she offers a two-year certificate program in music psychotherapy focusing on the voice. She has maintained a private practice in music psychotherapy for over 20 years, supervises creative arts therapists, and is an associate adjunct professor in the music therapy department at NYU. Diane's newest book is The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self. She created the first international distance training program in vocal psychotherapy in Vancouver and in Seoul, Korea.
Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC, has over 25 years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist and a national certified counselor. She is the Director/Owner of the Therapy2Thrive: Ruby Hill Counseling Center in Pleasanton, CA, which provides community counseling services. Leslie is a certified Gottman therapist and integrates play with all ages. She is also a faculty member in the College of Social Sciences for the master's in counseling program at the University of Phoenix, Bay Area. Leslie is the author of Healing Feelings: A Healing Story for Children Coping with a Grownup's Mental Illness and an experienced workshop facilitator.
Bradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFT, has been working in creative arts therapy for over 20 years. As a registered drama therapist, he began his work with the STOP GAP Company in Southern CA and then began his own private practice in Glendale, CA, which he calls "Rehearse For Life." Bradford works at the Veterans Administration doing “karaoke therapy” with the Vets in the PTS ward. He has worked in battered women’s shelters, drug/alcohol rehab facilities, hospitals, schools, and prisons. Bradford is currently helping Diana Feldman bring ENACT to Los Angeles.
Lori Baudino, BC-DMT, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master's in creative arts therapy. Through the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, she brought the first dance/movement therapy programs to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she provides bedside therapy to children with cancer and special needs. Lori has worked in psychiatric hospitals and at rehabilitation centers for trauma, addiction, and pain management. Her private practice specializes in supporting children and parents with behavioral, emotional, and social challenges within the home/school and community.
Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT, is in private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Her practice focuses on the use of art therapy/sandplay for treating trauma, eating disorders, and body image issues. Amanda has worked at the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital, the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, and Pershing Turner Centers. She currently serves on the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in Maryland. Amanda is also an adjunct faculty in art therapy at St. Mary of the Woods, IN.
John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT, is a drama therapist/theatre director with over 35 years' experience with prisoners and prison officers, and people in all types of criminal justice settings. He is the founder of Geese Theatre Company USA & UK, and a board member of Transcena in Romania, an arts-based company working in prisons, schools, and with victims of domestic abuse. John co-initiated a therapeutic community for violent children at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre and established another therapeutic community for violent men in Bucharest. He co-edited Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse.
Brent Blair, PhD, is an actor, therapist, and theatre artist with psychology and theatre degrees. He is a practitioner and theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed, specializing in the employment of drama therapy techniques with traumatized populations. Brent worked in Rwanda, Afghanistan, India, Ukraine, and other zones of crisis around the world. He wrote the article, "We Cry on the Inside," and the chapters, "The Complex (Come Closer)" and "TELAvision (TO for Youth)."
Shemaya Blauer, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Portland, OR, where she works for a local hospice and has a private practice. She has taught touch drawing to professionals as a tool for self-discovery and self-care, to older adults for self-reflection and expression, and to families to support the grief process. Touch drawing provides a language when there are no words, gives form and comfort to visceral sensations, and is a vehicle for healing.
Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, has been on faculty at Loyola Marymount University since 2008. After graduating, he completed his PhD in culture and performance studies at UCLA. As a performance artist and practicing art therapist, Anthony's research focuses on cultural narratives and how they endure around, in, and through the body. In addition to teaching at LMU, he also works as an art therapist at Los Angeles City College.
Rebecca Bokoch, MA, has developed several self-compassion and mindfulness-based art therapy curriculums for working with children and families. She is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Rebecca has experience teaching master’s level marriage and family therapy courses. She has also presented on topics such as sibling therapy, working with diverse populations, and mindfulness. Rebecca is the founding director of the CSPP Art Therapy Club, where she coordinates expressive arts experiential workshops. She is a marriage and family therapist intern, and a doctoral student at California School of Professional Psychology at the Alliant University.
Denise Boston, BFA, MA, PhD, is Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and assoc. professor in expressive arts therapy at the CA Institute of Integral Studies. She has a master's in psychology/counseling from Goddard College, and a PhD in counseling psychology from Walden Univ. As an expressive arts therapy consultant/trainer, Denise developed multimodal arts programs with diverse populations. Over the past 25 years, she has devoted her teaching and research to the increased understanding of urban trauma and expressive arts therapeutic approaches to address mental health care disparities of people of African descent.
Maxine McCleery Bowden, RPT-S, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered play therapist working for Norton-Fisher Child and Family Center in Rancho Cucamonga. She works with children ages 5-18. Maxine received her master's in counseling psychology from Trinity College of graduate studies. She was an educator for over 25 years working with at-risk children in various capacities. Maxine is involved with the Association for Play Therapy and has presented for them numerous times.
Carolyn Braddock, MA, is a consultant, educator, trainer, and group facilitator who specializes in mind/body approaches to managing stress. Her methods are based on The Braddock Body Process, a body-centered approach based in Tai Ji and Qi Gong movement and philosophy. Carolyn received family therapy training at the CO Institute for MFT and studied with Carl Whitaker. In addition to working in areas such as addictions and PTSD, she serves as a mentor to graduate students, supervisor for psychotherapists, and consultant/trainer at the Chi Chi Rodriquez Youth Foundation. Carolyn is the author of Body Voices: Using the Power of Breath, Sound, and Movement to Heal and Create New Boundaries.
Deb Brass, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a trauma-informed art therapist who has specialized in working with families and children who have experienced complex trauma and have difficulty coping with the impact of mental illness. She enjoys training graduate art therapy interns and promotes interest in the field of art therapy by teaching "Principles and Practices of Art Therapy," an undergraduate course, in the NYC area. Deb has also worked with young adults, adults, and geriatric populations in a variety of settings in the Greater Boston area. She is the volunteer coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Summit: New York City.
Lucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD, is an art therapist, expressive arts therapist, and author of 20 books on creative journal methods. She is director of Creative Journal Expressive Arts Professional Certification Training, where she teaches her method of drawing and writing with the non-dominant hand and dialoging with both hands. Lucia's books include Recovery of Your Inner Child, The Creative Journal, The Power of Your Other Hand, and Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams. She was the first to create a comprehensive inner child program.
Robert Carroll, MD, is a poet and psychiatrist. He is in the private practice in Westwood, CA, and he is on the clinical faculty at UCLA. Robert's recent publications include his book of poetry, Amazing Change: The Wisdom that Illness, Death, and Dying Provide, "Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry," in eCAM, “In Sickness and in Health,” a chapter in Countertransference and Couples Therapy, and “Wisdom Poetry Trialogue,” with Jack Coulehan and Kykosa Kajangu, in the Journal of Poetry Therapy. Robert served as Vice President for Institutional Liaison for The National Association for Poetry Therapy for four years and was a Board member of NAPT for those four years.
Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, certified yoga therapist, and Ayurveda skills for living counselor with over 25 years of instructional and clinical experience. She has been a guest lecturer at Scripps College, CMER at Loyola Marymount University, and UCLA. Kathy is part-time faculty at Santa Monica College and El Camino Community College. She is advisor/core instructor for UCLArts and the Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate program. Kathy has co-written the manual, Dance For All. She is the Ayurvedic Wellness Specialist at re:YOGA in Los Angeles, and maintains a private Ayurvedic yoga therapy practice in Santa Monica, CA.
Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW, psychologist, yoga teacher, with 40 years' experience as a psychotherapist and educator, integrating positive psychology, yoga, meditation, visual arts, storytelling, and mythological thinking with applications across the life cycle. She facilitated research groups for an interdisciplinary team studying the utility of mindfulness for special needs families, served as a consultant to an international startup innovating alternatives to medication for sleep challenges, and launched ™Mindful Self Care for CareGivers groups throughout Southern CA. She is co-founder of the Art Center for Transcendence, integrating yoga and the arts.
Barbara H. Clark, Honorary LA Summit Co-Chair, is board chairperson for the Institute of Musical Arts, which is home to a storytelling ensemble that she launched, "Women’s Voices." She also mentors in a weekly workshop on techniques for turning personal experiences into structured, performable stories. Barbara has written a chapter on "Developing Personal Stories" in A Beginner's Guide to Storytelling. For 25 years, she served as secretary/grant writer for the Los Angeles Reading Project (LARP) Literacy Council. As manager of Watts Library for five years, she produced a documentary of her outreach work that was featured at the annual American Library Association Conference.
Steve Cole, PhD, is a professor of medicine and psychiatry/biobehavioral sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. He studies the biological pathways by which social environments influence gene expression by viral, cancer, and immune cell genomes. Steve received his doctorate in psychology from Stanford Univ. in 1993 and then conducted postdoctoral fellowship research in psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. He also serves as director of the UCLA Social Genomics Core Laboratory, and provides consulting support on social regulation of gene expression to the Institute of Medicine, the Nat'l Cancer Institute, the Nat'l Institute on Aging, the Santa Fe Institute for Complex Systems, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Brigid Collins, PG Dip, is an Irish artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In conjunction with lecturing in illustration, spatial design, and drawing and painting, she has undertaken commissions for a wide range of clients as well as exhibited extensively in Scotland, Ireland, Europe, and the USA. Brigid's publications include Frissure, in collaboration with Kathleen Jamie, For A’ That: A Celebration of Burns, and Room to Rhyme, with late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney. She has recently qualified as a teacher of yoga and is drawing together her interest in the role of the body in creativity and vice versa.
Carol Thayer Cox, MA, ATR-BC, REAT, has been on the faculty of the graduate art therapy programs of George Washington University, Vermont College, and Pratt Institute’s School of Art & Design. Co-author of Telling Without Talking and co-editor of Portrait of the Artist as Poet, her latest co-edited book is Saying Goodbye to Our Mothers for the Last Time, a collection of unique stories that offer creative ways to deal with loss. Specializing in color, archetypal imagery, and symbolism as reflected by different states of consciousness, Carol has been presenting for 30 years on mandalas and the cycle of human development from a Jungian perspective. She has a chapter on this topic in The Unconscious Roots of Creativity.
David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is the clinical director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie and an adjunct faculty member of Marist College. He is past president of the NY Association for Play Therapy, past president of the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, a board-certified clinical psychologist, and a fellow of APA. David is the author/editor of many books on play therapy, child trauma, and aggression in children, including: Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice (with Anne Stewart) and co-author with Eliana Gil of Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy.
Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S, is a marriage and family therapist and registered play therapist supervisor with over 20 years of experience. She is the director and owner of Treehouse Counseling Services in San Ramon, CA. Mary Ruth provides play therapy training and counseling to her staff and clients. She is co-owner of Connecting to Play Therapy, a training program that helps mental health professionals attain the necessary training to become registered play therapists. Mary Ruth is faculty in the master's of counseling program at the University of Phoenix, Bay Area Campus.
Erica K. M. Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a board-certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist with over 15 years of experience. She has a therapy practice, teaches for UCLArts and Healing, and provides parenting advice at kidsinthehouse.com, where she talks about art’s potential to enrich children’s lives. Erica is a past board member of the American Art Therapy Assn. and past-president of the S. CA Art Therapy Assn. She is the author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, co-written with Ping Ho.
Helen G. Dolas, MS, MT-BC, has a bachelor's in music therapy and a master's in special education from CA State Univ., Long Beach. She founded Able ARTS Work (formerly Arts & Services for Disabled) serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 35 years. Helen has been the clinical training director of her internship program since 1984. As an adjunct professor at California State Univ. Northridge music therapy department, she established several new music therapy clinical training sites. Helen is partnering with two music therapists to establish the International Foundation for the Healing Arts to promote the development of music therapy services.
Daniel Doyle, RDT, LMFT, LPCC, certified EMDR therapist, is in private practice in South Pasadena. He is a drama therapy graduate from the CA Institute of Integral Studies. Daniel has worked since 1995, when he began his first internship on an acute psychiatric unit. He was the program coordinator and supervisor of a day treatment program that offered creative arts therapy to emotionally disturbed children and teens in Los Angeles County. Daniel has also worked with veterans, facilitating drama therapy at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT and with clients in recovery from addictions. He currently uses EMDR in conjunction with drama and expressive arts therapy to assist clients with healing from trauma.
Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT, serves as a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist board-certified trainer, professor Emerita-CA State Univ. Los Angeles, and the executive director of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (DTILA) and the Creative Therapies Center (CTC). With many books, films, articles, and book chapters, she developed "Narradrama," which integrates drama therapy, the narrative, and the creative arts. Pam has a private practice and training program at DTILA and CTC. Through DTILA, she conducts trainings and workshops all over Western and Eastern Europe. Pam is past president of the North American Drama Therapy Association and founding member of the Board of Examiners.
Cornelia Elbrecht, BA, MA (Art Ed), AThR, has more than 40 years of experience as an art psychotherapist. She is also a somatic experiencing trauma therapist. Cornelia has studied Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. Cornelia has lectured in art therapy at RMIT, Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Assn and the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Assn. Cornelia has published two books on sensorimotor art therapy.
Dan Fauci founded the International Actors Institute in 1975, after which time he began creating personal development programs such as Mastery of Self-Expression. After four years as a producer, he spent 12 years heading comedy development for Paramount Pictures, producing over 100 comedy pilots, half of which went to series – his most successful being Frasier. Since leaving Paramount, Dan has continued to lead workshops, and is currently creating a documentary, "Change the World, Change Lives," about his friends and protégés who are making a positive difference in the world, such as Willie Garson who champions the cause of impoverished, abused, and neglected youth through the Alliance for Children's Rights and Ted Danson who created the American Oceans Committee that focuses on cleaning up coastal waters.
Diana Feldman, RDT/BCT, is a board-certified drama therapist and a licensed creative arts therapist. She founded ENACT in 1987 to address the social/emotional needs of under served students in public schools. Diana regularly leads workshops at national conferences on education, creative arts therapies, and mental health. She is currently completing a book about her experiences working with children as far reaching as India. Diana's chapter from the textbook Current Approaches to Drama Therapy is now used as required reading material in several universities that teach drama therapy. To keep her own creative spark alive, she can be found performing her original songs in and around New York.
Tobi Fishel, PhD, is an integrative clinical health psychologist and co-founder of behavioral medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School. Currently working on a book about bringing the sacred back into the healing room, she is a consultant to many academic integrative centers across the U.S. Tobi has been the co-chair of the clinical committee of the consortium of academic health centers of integrative medicine and the psychologist representative for the task force developing core competencies for integrative pain medicine. She has over 25 years of experience working with healthcare professionals, as well as people suffering with chronic illness, pain, and other sorts of trauma.
Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is Chair of the transpersonal art therapy program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to Naropa, he practiced as a clinician and directed the art therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael is an international lecturer and has published numerous articles on various subjects. His current research as an artist and writer focuses on integrating the relationships between art therapy, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation. Michael's forthcoming book, Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self will be out in early 2017.
Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, received a master's in music therapy from NYU in 1997. Her training included medical music therapy in pediatrics, neurology, oncology, along with voicework and improvisation. Kate has worked in medical settings, schools, and community centers, providing clinical services to individuals and groups with the primary goal of improving the quality of life through live, interactive music making. Her program, Sing for Yourself, demonstrates how a regular singing practice can create meaningful and lasting change in individuals and communities.
Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR, is a puppet-maker, author, world traveler, and a trained art therapist with a master's and a doctorate from NYU. She studied with Edith Kramer and edited Edith's last book, Art as Therapy. Lani’s passions have led her to search out, explore, and teach workshops in non-traditional art forms like doll-making, puppet-making, and bookbinding. She maintains a website, blogs, and online groups filled with encouragement and alternative arts for artists, art therapists, and art educators.
Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, PYT, LCAT, is an art therapist, practicing for more than 12 years. She has worked with children in schools, people who are mentally ill/chemically addicted, and court-involved youth. Karen's current work is in private practice and as a independent contractor in NYC. Her specialty is combining yoga with art therapy. Karen became a registered yoga teacher in 2003, and became a certified professional yoga therapist in 2013. Integrating Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy: Yoga, Art, and the Use of Intention is the title of her new book.
Larry Graber, MA, C-BT, is a psychotherapist in Santa Monica, CA, specializing in arts and body-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress, couples therapy, clinical hypnosis, and medical psychology. He has over 35 years' experience in professional psychology, with a background in complementary medicine, dance, movement, and expressive arts. Larry is certified as a body psychotherapist in biodynamic psychology. He has held clinical/health research positions at many veterans administrations and the UCLA School of Medicine. Larry is completing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Saybrook Univ. and recently concluded a yearlong project examining poetry and embodied writing for trauma.
Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, is a dance movement therapist who trains and consults on clinical treatment for severe trauma survivors. She directs Restorative Resources Training and Consulting, and is a clinical advisor for the Center for Victims of Torture. Amber has over 17 years of experience working with refugees and survivors of war, human rights abuses, and torture, and almost 30 years in humanitarian response and international development. She has published many chapters and presents on her work regularly. Amber specializes in the integration of creative arts and body-based practices and methods with clinical, psychotherapeutic, and healing practices in international trauma contexts.
Miles Grose served as a teaching artist in the NYC Tri-State area for over 25 years. He has extensive improvisational theater training. He has studied at The Original Improv, The Manhattan Punchline, The Groundlings, and The ACME Comedy Theater. Miles has worked with at-risk/incarcerated children with groups such as, the Theater For A New Audience, Plays For Living, and New Jersey Young Playwrights. With ENACT, he helped develop drama therapy based conflict resolution workshops. Miles created several interactive theater pieces that are still currently offered by ENACT. He has assisted in the training of new teaching artists and has co-presented demos of ENACT’s work at national conferences.
Noah Hass-Cohen, MA, PsyD, ATR-BC, is faculty at the couples family therapy program at the CA School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She is the founder and former director of the art therapy program at Phillips Graduate Institute. Noah is also a mindfulness based stress reduction teacher for Insight LA. She has published books and articles and has presented national and internationally on her CREATE art therapy and relational neuroscience approach.
Aleta Hayes, MFA, is a singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, and lecturer in contemporary dance/performance at Stanford Univ. She has a master's in dance/choreography from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Aleta taught at Wesleyan, Swarthmore, Rutgers, and Princeton, where she developed courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance. She created "The Wedding Project," a performance piece of multiple genres illustrating the evolution of American social dance through the narrative of African American wedding traditions. Aleta developed Liquid Flow, a movement philosophy, improvisational technique class, and compositional workshop.
Pamela M. Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC, has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and and a master's in MFT and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. Her specialties include: addictions and eating disorders, sex, sexuality and gender identity, depression and anxiety. Ms. Hayes facilitates art therapy groups at multiple drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, has a private practice in Los Angeles, is a provider of the MS Society and a therapist on TalkSpace (a therapy app). She is a noted speaker and educator. She taught art therapy courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, The Chicago School, Philips Graduate University and she lectures throughout the U.S.
Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S, is a developmental psychologist and executive director of a multidisciplinary treatment facility in West Los Angeles, the Center for the Developing Mind. The Center specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of developmental and regulatory disorders, like autism spectrum disorders. She is a national and international speaker on DIR/Floor Time, a developmental/relational treatment approach of ASD and sensory processing disorder in children, adolescents and young adults.
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is founding director of UCLArts and Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was founding administrator. She was also founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. Ping has a bachelor's in psychology with honors from Stanford, a master's in counseling psychology from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in community health sciences from UCLA. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Association Leadership Council of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. UCLArts and Healing
Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP, is a registered music therapist and founder of Music & Expressive Therapy Associates. She works with a wide range of populations, including those with special needs (i.e. autism) and those in drug rehab treatment centers. Karen was part of the HBO documentary, "Autism: The Musical," which featured her song, "Everyday Miracles." She has collaborated on over 20 original musicals for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Karen has degrees in music therapy, piano performance, psychology, and teaching. She is certified as an Autism movement therapy provider and has an advanced certification as an expressive arts practitioner.
Arthur Hull inspires community-building through the metaphor of music. His rhythm facilitation work instigated the new and growing profession of the community drum circle facilitator. In 1980, Arthur founded Village Music Circles, instructing over 7,000 students at the Univ. of CA, Santa Cruz, while bringing experiential team-building and leadership events to organizations internationally. He has taught over 10,000 people in 29 countries how to facilitate rhythm-based events. Arthur has written four books on drum circle facilitation and rhythm event games, and brings his fun and inspirational rhythm experiences to communities from corporate executives to kids at risk.
Louvenia Jackson, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, received both her master's and her doctorate in art therapy at Notre Dame de Namur Univ. She studies cultural humility, acquiring new knowledge and self-exploration in art therapy. Louvenia has worked with acute emotionally and behaviorally challenged adolescents as a creative art therapist in residential treatment. Her current focus is on social/cultural foundations in art therapy and transformative learning. Louvenia is passionate about teaching, social engagement through education, and reciprocal community support and learning. She supports cultural humility in education through the involvement of collective art projects with diverse cultural communities.
Jeffrey Jamerson, MA, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in the public sector. He has served at-risk youth in various capacities, most recently as the Vice President of programs and services at Aviva Family and Children Services in Los Angeles. Hoping to create a shift in how therapy is conducted with foster children, he has integrated narrative and expressive arts modalities with digital media art, which he calls Expressive Remix Therapy.
Trisha Jauchler, MS, MA, RDT/BCT, is a registered drama therapist and board-certified trainer, trained death midwife, and ordained interfaith minister. She is the founder/director of On Bright Wings Death Midwifery Services for Aging and End-of-Life Guidance, Education, and Support. Trisha blends drama therapy, music, art methods, and death midwifery techniques for personal growth, emotional expression, and skills training. She has over 25 years' experience leading educational, therapeutic, spiritual, and creative groups. Trisha is an adjunct professor at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, and has taught at CA State Univ. Los Angeles, and through UCLA Extension's Pathway program.
Marci Javril, BCTMB, CST, CMT, developer of Melting Touch Method©, is a lymphatic massage specialist who has taught hundreds of people how to use a gentle, repetitive massage that accelerates flushing out toxic debris and excess proteins from the body. She is the author of Feel Like Yourself Again: How to Heal and Recover from Injury, Surgery and Illness, based on her 30 years' experience teaching in the professional massage school system. Marci holds a bachelor's in dance therapy, is board-certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork, certified massage therapist in CA, certified somatic therapist with ABMP, certified in bodywork for the childbearing year, certified dance hoop fitness teacher, ordained spiritual minister. She developed Step Beyond, an alternative PE program for kids at risk.
Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR, is an art therapist and licensed psychologist with over 20 years' experience working in psychiatric and medical facilities. She is a psychologist at the Everett Clinic, where she provides therapy, psychological evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. Kathryn is medical director of psychosocial services at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. An adjunct faculty member with Antioch Univ.-Seattle, she is a Diagnostic Drawing Series teaching associate, providing training and overseeing research.
Susan Kaiser-Greenland, JD, is a former corporate attorney who developed the Inner Kids mindful awareness program. Author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate and Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness with Children, Teens and Families, she speaks widely in the U.S. and abroad. Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, co-investigator on a large UCLA research study on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and caregivers. Susan has written for the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, and other publications.
Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor. She is the director of training for Maternal Mental Health NOW, on the faculty of the UCLArts and Healing Social and Emotional Arts program, 2020 Mom, and serves as Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Gabrielle has a bilingual private practice, using both movement and verbal interventions. She has published numerous articles on parenting, dance/movement therapy, postpartum depression, and edited the book, Bringing Light to Motherhood.
Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCT, is director of the drama therapy specialization at Antioch University Seattle. She has been a drama therapist for 32 years, working with group-centered projects, and devised theatre, collaborative ventures, and production of timely, diversity-focused plays. Bobbi has worked in prisons, treatment centers, schools, community centers, recovery programs, intergenerational projects, and refugee processing centers. Her most recent project was with AUS, promoting creative engagement with Tibetan exiles in Dharamsala, India.
Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, is assistant professor/director of art therapy at the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI and adjunct assistant professor in neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has spent over 15 years as a clinician, administrator, and professor. Juliet has spearheaded the development of over 30 internship programs in Indianapolis and she has a vested interest in integrative care for veterans and their families. Her current research includes exploring the integration of creativity, art therapy, and neuroscience, with a focus on neuroanatomical correlates of consciousness. Juliet has written and edited a textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma, and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.
Carolyn Koehnline, CJT, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and certified journal therapist with a private psychotherapy practice in Bellingham, WA. She specializes in combining psychological perspectives, compassionate practices, creative tools, and practical strategies to address the external and internal clutter that blocks life force and wanted changes. Carolyn teaches at Whatcom Community College, and is a featured presenter for the Eliot Institute and other sacred and secular communities. She teaches online classes privately and through the Therapeutic Writing Institute. Carolyn has written and illustrated two books, Confronting Your Clutter and The Bear’s Gift.
Deborah Koff-Chapin, BFA, is an artist, educator, author, and vocalist. She has been developing Touch Drawing since 1974, and has taught and presented at numerous graduate programs and conferences internationally. Deborah is creator of SoulCards 1 & 2 and SoulTouch Coloring Journals. She is author of Drawing Out Your Soul and The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. She has contributed chapters to The Art of Grief (Rogers) and Art Therapy in Healthcare (Malchiodi). Deborah has served on the board of the International Expressive Art Therapy Association and is founding director of the Center for Touch Drawing.
Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT, has a master's in art therapy from GWU, and Level 2 Certificates in both EMDR and IFS. Specializing in trauma in private practice, she is adjunct faculty for the Univ. of MD School of Social Work and provides workshops at the Instit. of Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education. Past positions include Vice President of the MD Chapter of American Professional Society on Abuse of Children; chairperson of the Central MD Sexual Abuse Treatment Task Force; and president of MD Art Therapy Assn. Past faculty positions include Goucher College and MD Institute, College of Art.
Joanne Lara, MA, CCTC, M/S education specialist, is the founder of Autism Movement Therapy, and author of Autism Movement Therapy Method: Waking up the Brain! She was the autism expert for the Fox show "Touch," and is core adjunct faculty at National University in Los Angeles. Joanne produced the documentary, "Generation A: Portraits of Autism & the Arts," and is the executive director of Autism Works Now!
Helen Lavretsky, MD, Honorary LA Summit Co-Chair, is a psychiatry professor at UCLA and a geriatric psychiatrist. Her research includes psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment, and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. Helen directs the Late Life Mood, Stress, and Wellness Research program at the UCLA Semel Institute. She has written Resilience and Aging: Research and Practice, and co-edited the textbook, Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging. Helen organized the first UCLA Conference on Integrative Medicine and Mental Health.
Danielle Levanas, RDT, LCAT, has a master’s in drama therapy from NYU and has an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies program. She is a drama therapist in adult inpatient psychiatry at California Psychiatric Transitions. Danielle has been a member of the Big Apple Playback Theatre Company since 2008, and she has studied at the DvT Institute in NYC. She focuses much of her work on how embodied play can be used to work with vicarious trauma, issues of privilege and oppression, and fear in order to facilitate empowerment and greater flexibility.
Judy Leventhal, LCSW, is a visual artist, author, art therapist, and licensed clinical social worker. She has over 20 years of service as an artist in residence serving children and youth of diverse cultures, academic abilities, and learning strengths. Judy is currently serving as artist in residence at New Directions for Youth Inc. in Los Angeles. She has received a number of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs (Los Angeles) and recently was presented with a certificate of recognition from the city for her Mask Making Adventures Program.
Marcia B Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC, is founding director of the dance/movement therapy program at NYU, co-founded the Dance Therapy Institute of Princeton, IDTIA (Melbourne, Australia), directed education and training for 18 years, and founded dance therapy programs in Sweden, Argentina, Greece, Japan, and Roehampton University, UK. She co-founded the International Institute for Advanced Training in Dance Movement Therapy, in Athens, China, Istanbul, and San Francisco. Marcia is editor of two books and author of numerous articles. She co-edited the ADTA Journal for five years and served on the board. Marcia has a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF, is a poet, expressive writing teacher, and founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy. She has taught expressive writing workshops at UC Irvine Ext, the Univ. of Santa Monica, and the Nat'l Assn for Poetry Therapy. Jennie has facilitated adult writing groups and original curriculum for private clients. She has a bachelor's in psychology from Skidmore College and coordinated artist-in-residency programs for Leap...imagination in learning. Jennie is a certified applied poetry facilitator and has a master's in spiritual psychology from the Univ. of Santa Monica. She wrote two books of poetry: Silver Girl and Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope.
Reina Lombardi, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC, graduated from Lesley University with a master's in expressive therapies and mental health counseling with an emphasis in art therapy in 2004. She currently serves as the treasurer for the Florida Art Therapy Association. Reina has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, including community mental health, education, crisis intervention, and substance abuse. She has a private practice that provides individual and family art therapy services, as well as consultation and group treatment services to agencies in her community.
Perie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFT, works in private practice, conducts poetry therapy groups for Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, a residential treatment center for the mentally ill, and Hospice of Santa Barbara. She is a past president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, a mentor/supervisor for those in training, and the past Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara. Perie has published four books of poetry.
Frederic Luskin, PhD, has a doctorate in counseling/health psychology from Stanford Univ. and serves as director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, which investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on a variety of populations. He currently serves as a senior consultant in wellness at Stanford Vaden Health Center and is a professor at the Institute of Trans personal Psychology. Frederic presents on the importance and health benefits of forgiveness, stress management, and emotional competence. He is author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Lasting Relationship.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and on faculty at the Insight Center. She is author of numerous books and papers on creativity. Her first book, Creativity Inside Out, was among the first books to apply the concept of multiple intelligence to education. Terry's most recent books, Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy and Awakening Clinical Intuition explore the creativity inherent in effective psychotherapy. She has written the libretto for an opera that opened in NYC with a ballet in 2012. Terry illustrates her own books, dances ballet and jazz, and practices yoga. Her latest project is an adult mindfulness coloring book.
Azizi Marshall, MA, RDT/BCT, REAT, LCPC, is the founder of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Chicago. She has her bachelor's in film directing from Columbia College Chicago, and two master's degrees from Northeastern Illinois Univ. in community counseling/communications and media/theatre. Azizi worked in professional theatre and film for over 10 years as a choreographer, dancer, director, and actor. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and creator of the Therapeutic Performance Initiative model, (over 200 socially-focused productions). Azizi is past director of expressive therapy with Riveredge Psychiatric Hospital and theatre education with Alchemy Theatre.
Robert McAllister, Dean of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, received his bachelor's in music education from the University of Minnesota and master's of music, clarinet performance, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He pursued doctoral studies from Case Western Reserve University. Robert previously served as president/CEO of Peak Arts Association, Boulder, Colorado; executive director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement; and Associate Dean and Registrar, the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, RYT, LMFT, is an assistant professor of marital family therapy and art therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her interests include creativity and resilience, yoga and art therapy, early intervention, and cultural diversity issues in therapy. Einat has worked with diverse clinical populations in psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, special education schools, an early intervention center, and an elderly adult facility. She has a private practice, and teaches in the summers in Mexico and Israel.
Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP, is a registered, board-certified art therapist and advanced certified trauma practitioner in the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area. She is also an adjunct professor for Ursuline College's counseling and art therapy program.
Wendy Miller, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPC-BCPC, LCPAT, is an expressive arts therapist, licensed professional counselor, educator, writer, and sculptor. She is the cofounder of Create Therapy Institute, offering clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. Wendy's clinical work addresses existential and identity issues and relationships among the arts, creativity, aging, and health. Her book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness, is based on writings with her late husband, Gene Cohen. Wendy has taught at many universities, including GWU, Lesley, and CIIS. She is a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Assn.
Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD, is an asst. professor in family medicine/public health at the Univ. of CA, San Diego. She is a licensed counseling psychologist and a researcher. Lori was the director of psychology/integrative medicine at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine. Her research is focused on dignity, hospice care, multiculturalism, positive psychology, resilience, successful aging, and wisdom. Lori has authored/co-authored more than 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. She has received funding for her research from groups such as the American Cancer Society, the International Alzheimer’s Association, and The Westreich Foundation.
Jennifer Navarro, MA, ATR-BC, MHP, LMHC, has worked as an art therapist in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals. After 20 years practicing art therapy in Boston, she relocated to the West Coast in 2014, and is now a clinical supervisor at a community health center in Vancouver, WA. Jennifer has been a trained SoulCollage® facilitator since 2013, and has presented on the clinical applications of SoulCollage®, including at the Expressive Therapies Summit. She co-facilitates workshops via Silvered Souls. and was adjunct faculty for 12 years at Lesley, her alma mater. Jennifer is a member of the Advisory Council for Art Therapy Without Borders.
Nora O'Connor, MSW, LCSW, has her master's in social work from San Francisco State Univ. She is a clinical social worker at Wesley Health Clinics in S. Los Angeles and Hollywood. Nora facilitates DBT groups at Westside Outpatient Treatment in West Los Angeles. In her private practice, she provides counseling to people who stutter, treating the emotional response to the disorder. Nora is a member of Women's Association for Addiction Treatment and is involved with the SoCal Chapter Applied Improvisation Network, which uses improv for individual, community, and organizational change.
Jahna Perricone, CMF, is a certified mindfulness facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is a singer, voice teacher, and director of mindfulness programs at C3: Center for Conscious Creativity. Jahna has been leading mindfulness classes and events through collaborations with MARC at UCLA, Loyola Marymount College, and The Fowler Museum. "Spring Into Mindfulness! She released her mindful music album, "Into The Mindful Wild," in Spring 2015. Jahna is the founder of Museful: An Immersion Into Mindfulness and Music.
Michael Perricone, CAS, is owner of Airetight Media, Inc., and is an accomplished sound supervisor and mixer for movies and television. He has performed his unique technique with internationally renowned artists at The Getty Center, The Fowler, The Hammer museums, Walt Disney Hall, the International Environmental Film Festival, the World Festival of Sacred Music, and more. Collaborating with Jahna, their most recent music video, "Opening," has been made into a 360-degree surround-sound experience for Dome, VR and planetarium performances.
Jan Phillips is a writer, musician, photographer, and activist. Her life has been informed by a two-year experience in a Catholic convent, a yearlong peace pilgrimage around the world, and a lifetime of being a misfit. Jan has written 10 books, created three CDs of original music, and developed a YouTube channel of videos that connect the dots between creativity, spirituality, and social change. Her workshops provoke thought, evoke spirit, and inspire action.
Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, is visiting assistant professor in art therapy at The George Washington University and honorary lecturer at the Centre on Behavioral Health, University of Hong Kong. He has taught Jungian, archetypal, imaginal psychology, and expressive arts therapy in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Israel. Jordan is published in the International Journal of Jungian Studies and co-edited Art Therapy in Asia: To the Bone or Wrapped in Silk.
Alexis Powell, RDT, LCAT, is a multidisciplinary performer and New York State licensed creative arts therapist practicing psychotherapy and coaching with individuals, families, and groups in NYC. She is the founder of the Creative Spark workshop series, exploring holistic approaches to creativity and wellness. Alexis holds a master's in drama therapy from New York University and a bachelor's from Sarah Lawrence College.
India Radfar, BA, CAPF (Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator), found the inspiration to teach poetry at Naropa Institute of Boulder, Colorado. Experiencing the power of poetry to heal, she trained and earned the CAPF in 2015 from the International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. India has facilitated poetry for healing classes and groups with imprisoned youth, pregnant and parenting teens, the homeless, the neurologically diverse, and homeless veterans. She has edited three collections out of her work as a poetry facilitator. India was the recipient of an Artist-in-Residence grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2015-2016.
F. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD, is part-time faculty in drama therapy at the CA Institute of Integral Studies. He has presented at the NADTA, exploring gender and spirituality though drama therapy. Antonio's teaching includes cross-cultural counseling, transpersonal psychotherapy, and clinical training and supervision. He created Centro de Capacitación para Erradicar la Violencia Intrafamiliar Masculina (CECEVIM), a methodology for working with abusive Latino men. Antonio wrote Violencia Masculina en el Hogar (Masculine Violence in the Home), and the chapter, “CECEVIM: Stopping Male Violence in the Latino Home,” for the book Programs for Men Who Batter.
Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC, is the author of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body’s Wisdom and Creative Intelligence and editor/author of Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies: Theory and Practice. She has been teaching in the expressive arts field for over 35 years, including Lesley, Notre Dame de Namur, Sonoma State, JFK, CA Institute of Integral Studies, and Meridian. Laury is also a coordinator/trainer with The Focusing Institute, and the founder/director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute, from which she conducts trainings. Currently, she is an integrative psychotherapist with the Institute for Health & Healing in Santa Rosa and Marin, CA.
Zoe Rappaport is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator dedicated to building community through the arts. She is the program and artist manager for 4C LAB, a non-profit providing opportunities for young creative visionaries to share their stories through artistic expression. Zoe is also a curriculum consultant and mentor for the first Dance Gap Year program and teaches dance for The Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles. She has been working in community and teaching for over 10 years in New York City and California.
Gary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFT, is drama therapy professor at the CA Institute of Integral Studies. He is a licensed MFT and drama therapist, working in community agencies, hospitals, and in private practice. Gary has a bachelor's in theatre arts and was an actor in NY. He is certified in spiritual/healing disciplines, such as wisdom-informed therapy, meditation, and Authentic Reiki®. Gary introduced drama therapy as a modality for HIV support-groups, and conducted research on reducing transmission of HIV-AIDS. He presented on the combined use of meditation and embodied action techniques as a form of integral practice.
Charlotte Reznick, PhD, is author of The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success and contributing author of the chapter "Imagery as a Therapeutic Tool with Children" in Transformative Imagery: Cultivating Imagination for Healing, Change and Growth. She is a child educational psychologist and a former UCLA assoc. psychology professor. Charlotte has a 30-year meditation practice, and is the creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment. She creates therapeutic meditation CDs, blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, and teaches workshops on the healing power of children's imagination.
Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, RPT-S, LMHC, is a board-certified art therapist, registered play therapist, and mental health counselor. She is an assoc. professor and core art therapy faculty at Lesley Univ. Jane has a doctorate from Boston Univ., where she was managing editor of the Journal of Education, and a master's from Lesley. Jane has published her work on autism and art therapy, play therapy and autism, and the importance of multiple languages for expression. Her most recent publication is the chapter on autism in the Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy.
Tim Ringgold, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist in Orange County, CA, and director of Sonic Divinity Music Therapy Services. He specializes in music therapy for addiction and pain/stress management, and is a speaker on the subjects of music, the brain, and music therapy. Tim gave the first TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012. He is the western region chapter president of the American Music Therapy Association.
Shani Robins, PhD, is an instructor at Stanford, where he teaches in the well-being program and in the medical school’s health improvement program. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a director of graduate training. Shani developed Wisdom TherapyTM in 1998, and is the founder of theWisdom Therapy Institute :. He authored many scientific journal articles and book chapters. Shani trains PhD interns and teaches courses in clinical, research, statistics, cognitive, social, health, developmental, and positive psychologies. He trains on applications of Wisdom TherapyTM to workplace stress reduction, anger management, conflict resolution, and productivity.
Richard Rudis has been a student of Buddhist philosophy for 30 years and is an American practitioner of the Tibetan ‘Vajrayana’ school. He has received Buddhist teachings and traditional instructions/research into the use of sacred sound instruments for healing purposes. Richard has taught the Buddhist Dharma of Vibrational Healing for 20 years. His craftsmanship is a fusion of his studies in sacred sound playing techniques, tantric education, engineering background, and Buddhist principles. Richard began teaching via the establishment of the "Sacred Sound Workshops" in the 1990s, formalizing the curriculum by joining with the ‘Tibetan Bowl Healing School’ in 2008.
Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR-BC, holds a doctorate in adult education and is a registered/board-certified art therapist. As a working artist, her mixed media images are best understood as conversations with the “more-than-human” world. For the last 25 years, Madeline has been creating and sharing healing art experiences for adults that are grounded in ecopsychology and spirituality. She is a full-time assistant professor in psychology and art at St. Gregory’s University (part of a Benedictine monastery in Shawnee, OK).
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT, a registered drama therapist, is the SoCal Chapter president of the NADTA. She created drama therapy programs in acute psychiatric inpatient units and has worked with developmentally delayed youth and addicted adolescents. Myriam works in residential facilities with adolescent girls, lectures, publishes, and facilitates experiential symposiums. A faculty member of the UCLArts and Healing, her research interests are in arts-based interventions with digital media, foster youth, and homeless women. Myriam completed a two-year program with women on skid row for a documentary called "Game Girls."
Mady Schutzman, PhD, is a writer and theatre artist with degrees in anthropology and performance studies. She is a practitioner and theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed, working with multiple populations. Mady taught at Cal Arts for 25 years, working with radical pedagogy. Her works include: Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism, A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics, and The Joker System Revisited, to be published in 2017.
Jared Seide is the founding director of the LA-based Center for Council, an offshoot of The Ojai Foundation. He has designed, piloted, and coordinated Council-based programs in a wide variety of prisons, community-based organizations, and faith-based groups throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa, and has initiated Council training programs for groups ranging from foster youth to correctional officers. Jared has been a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow and a presenter at conferences, speaking on the integration of Council into varied arenas. He is a graduate of Brown University and the chaplaincy program of Upaya Institute.
Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist, is past-president of the San Francisco Psychological Assn, an APA fellow, and past-president of the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology. She taught at Saybrook, Lesley, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute, and the C.G. Jung Institute. Ilene edited Whole Person Healthcare and many chapters and articles on body, art, and psychotherapy. She is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, American Dance Therapy Journal, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy, and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist.
Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR, is a registered art therapist and founding director of Cedars-Sinai's Psychological Trauma Center, a community benefit program. In 2001 the Share and Care program was honored by the City of Los Angeles for its significant contribution to the mental health of Los Angeles area school children. In 2006 AATA presented her with the Distinguished Service Award.
Jodi Smith, RPT-S, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist supervisor and certified animal assisted play therapist. She has worked with children, teenagers and their families for over 20 years. Jodi's work settings include residential treatment centers, hospital, outpatient mental health, and schools. Jodi is currently the director of Norton-Fisher Child & Family programs for West End Family Counseling. She maintains a private practice and is an adjunct professor for USC School of Social Work. Jodi is actively involved with the California Association for Play Therapy and has held various leadership roles with the organization in the past. She is the immediate past president of the California Association for Play Therapy.
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT-BCT, is a drama therapist, a performance theorist, and a theatre practitioner. For over 30 years he has practiced in psychiatric rehabilitation, geriatrics, and developmental disabilities. Stephen co-founded the Centre for the Arts in Human Development and the drama therapy program at Concordia, where he is professor of drama therapy. He studied performance ethnography at NYU. Stephen has acted in and directed many productions, as well as written multiple play scripts. His newest work is developing an integrative approach called "Ethnodramatherapy."
Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT, is director of the CA Center for Creative Renewal, a therapeutic retreat center specializing in creativity, women’s issues, loss, and spirituality. She is past president of the San Diego Art Therapy Assn and active with the American Art Therapy Assn and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Assn. For over 35 years, Ellen has been in art therapy, conducting workshops and publishing journal articles. She has designed and directed postgraduate art therapy programs at UCSD and National Univ., and provides training/supervision to therapists throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, and South America. Ellen is also an exhibiting artist.
Zach Steel is the supervisor for the new Medical Clown Training program at USC, where he also teaches improv, movement, and physical theatre in The School of Dramatic Arts. He currently practices Medical Clowning at County Hospital of Los Angeles and Norris Cancer Center to both adult and pediatric populations. Along with David Bridel, Zach is the co-artistic director of the Clown School in Los Angeles. Medical Clowning has been around since Michael Christensen launched the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit in 1987. Zach studied with Michael in a hospital clowning workshop in Barcelona. He also traveled to Israel to observe and clown alongside the world renowned Dream Doctors.
Anita Louise Steele, MA, BC-MT, master's in music education, Univ. of KS; board-certified music therapist; assoc. professor, Emerita, School of Music, Ohio Univ.; consultant, Kulas Foundation, Colburn School of Performing Arts. She established/directed the music therapy dept. at The Music Settlement, then was director of music therapy at Ohio Univ. Anita has authored/co-authored articles in the areas of autism, pain management, community-based music therapy, and adaptive teaching techniques for individuals with special needs. Her published research includes the similarities and differences in personality types and demographic markers between music educators and music therapists.
Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and registered drama therapist in private practice and an associate of the Living Arts Counseling Center. She works with ethnically diverse, LGBTQ individuals, and couples. Jennifer facilitates "Transform Your Life Script" drama therapy groups and "Embracing your Sexual Self" workshops for women. She has worked with programs for the recovery of chemical dependency and eating disorders. Jennifer is an actor, writer, and director of autobiographical therapeutic theatre. She received her master's in drama therapy from CIIS, certificate in sex therapy from the Univ. of MI, and a bachelor's in acting from NYU.
Dale B. Taylor, PhD, MT-BC, is a visiting professor of music therapy at Augsburg College and Alverno College and professor Emeritus and former chair of the allied health professions dept. at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He received his undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Kansas. Dale is originator of the Biomedical Theory of music therapy and author of Biomedical Foundations of Music as Therapy. He is a national and international speaker with organizations such as World Federation of Music Therapy, International Society for Music in Medicine, and the New York Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, M/S, CAPF, holds a master's in social work, and is a certified applied poetry facilitator and mentor/supervisor of poetry therapy. After over 20 years of working with groups and individuals as a poetry therapist, social worker, and personal coach, she continues training others in poetry therapy and is also pursuing a studio arts degree at the Southwest School of Art.
Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC, is a doctoral student at Lesley Univ., exploring therapeutic presence and art making in group art therapy. She is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Saint Mary of the Woods College. Laura worked for over nine years as a group art therapist in psychiatric settings, helping clients to rediscover their strength and resilience as they overcome the challenge of a mental health diagnosis. Her work focuses on holistic care and finding balance, helping clients struggling with eating disorders, and creating authentic relationships with the self and others.
Kate Thompson, MA, CJT, is an existential psychotherapist, teacher, and writer. A lifelong journal writer, she integrates writing into psychotherapy for the benefit of clients and colleagues. Kate pioneered the use of journal writing in individual counseling and for self-supervision in the UK and has written widely on the subject. Her publications include Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals.
Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC, has a doctorate from Columbia and serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the dept. of psychiatry, Columbia. She has a dance/movement (DMT) practice. Suzi has been the manager of the Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream DMT program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering since 2003. She has published many papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue, is used in DMT training programs. Suzi holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network.
Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who has a bachelor's in music therapy from Berklee College of Music and a master's of education from Harvard. She founded military music therapy programing in 2010. Currently, Rebecca is the music therapist at Walter Reed and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, where she provides rehabilitative music therapy services. She works on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network, to lead and develop best practices and expanded access to creative arts therapies across military/veteran healthcare systems and promote community-based arts engagement. Rebecca serves as the National Military Liaison and consultant for Resounding Joy, Inc.
Dee Wagner, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, licensed professional counselor, writer, dance/drama teacher, director, and choreographer. For more than 20 years she's worked at the Link Counseling Center. Dee has presented therapy-related workshops for many organizations, such as the American Dance Therapy Assn, the Licensed Professional Counselors Assn of GA, and the GA Assn for MFT. Her articles include "Polyvagal Theory and Peekaboo" and "Is My Anxiety Attracting Your Depression." Dee also wrote a book/workbook that helps with the emotional roller coaster of online dating, Naked Online: A DoZen Ways to Grow from Internet Dating.
Melissa Walker, MA, ATR, has a master's in art therapy from NYU. She was art therapist on Walter Reed's inpatient unit and then went to the Nat'l Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in 2010. Melissa developed the healing arts program, focusing on the integration and research of the creative arts therapies for service members with traumatic brain injury and psychological health concerns. She helped develop the Nat'l Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Partnership, a collaboration to explore the benefits of the arts for our military population and expand access to these services across the nation.
Colin Ward, PhD, is core faculty and chair in counseling at Antioch Univ.-Seattle. He has over 25 years' experience as an educator, supervisor, and counselor with an interest in strength-based approaches to counseling, advocacy and leadership, counseling supervision, wellness, and public policy for promoting the counseling profession and social mental health. He has authored/co-authored articles, book chapters, grants, and books, including Strength Centered Counseling.
Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT, has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the CIIS and a master's in dance/movement therapy (DMT) from Hunter College. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, schools, mental health agencies, and in private practice. Marybeth currently works at Castlewood at Monarch Cove, CA. She specializes in work with eating disorders, body image issues, and aging issues. Marybeth has trained in, and also practices, Internal Family Systems work with her clients. She is on the research committee, and is representative to ACIH (formerly ACCHAC), of the ADTA. Marybeth currently serves as the communications co-chair and past president of the CA chapter of the ADTA.
Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC, is a board-certified and licensed music therapist and developmental specialist. She operated a successful private practice focusing on young children with special needs and older adults with memory loss in the Chicago area prior to moving to Las Vegas. Becky currently works at Valley Hospital Medical Center and teaches online at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
Ruth Westreich is president of the Westreich Foundation. She has been a major force behind the integrative medicine movement and academic institutions and organizations such as the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine, American Nutrition Association, Bastyr College of Natural Medicine, Samueli Institute, San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and UCLArts and Healing. Ruth is co-author with Jan Phillips of, Creativity Unzipped: Why Your Thoughts Matter.
Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT, is a graduate of Portland State Univ. She is a clinical social worker and registered drama therapist with over 13 years' experience working in healthcare, school, and community-based settings. Stephanie's specializations include working with chronic illness, grief and loss, learning difficulties/disabilities, military issues, and eating disorders. She is a consultant, speaker, and trainer on humor and healing, creativity in the workplace, and cultivating resiliency through the dramatic arts. Stephanie became a consultant with “Your Digital Storytelling Project,” which educates public and mental health professionals about trauma techniques using digital technology.
Ebony Williams, MFA, MA, is a Guyanese American queer Black interdisciplinary artist, writer, healer, and maker. She has a bachelor's in sociology from Wheaton College and a master's in writing from CalArts. Ebony's writing, such as How to Build A Ragdoll, explores the experiences of women throughout the African diaspora and the female body as container for memory, culture, and an ancestral home often impacted by trauma. She is the founder of the Ragdoll Project, an interdisciplinary arts and healing program that works with trauma and oppression. Ebony earned a certificate in social emotional arts through UCLArts and Healing and a master's in MFT. She is a therapist working with youth in Los Angeles.
Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC, is a professor emerita of art education at the University of New Mexico, where she taught for 30 years. She taught and continues to teach full courses of bookmaking and image and imagination. Linney has conducted extensive research into aesthetic empathy in the context of the art and teaching of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis in the Terezín concentration camp. Not long ago, she returned from the Czech Republic, where she lived for a year as a Fulbright research scholar. Linney's studio area is bookmaking, and she exhibits regularly.
Robert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT, trained in fine art and art therapy at Pratt Institute. He went on for psychoanalytic training at the Nat'l Psych Assn for Psychoanalysis, where he's currently a training analyst and faculty member. Robert is art therapy faculty at The College of New Rochelle and Pratt Institute. He is president of the Institute for Expressive Analysis. Robert has written on many topics, including a chapter on the therapeutic uses of photography in play therapy in Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents.
Mary Kay Wolfe, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with an area of specialization in mental health practice. She spent several years managing the rehabilitation services at an acute psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles, where she advocated for and added drama therapy. From there Mary went into academia, teaching psychiatric occupational therapy. Currently, she is a program director at an occupational therapy assistant program in Los Angeles and continues to support drama therapy as a regular part of a person’s recovery.
Megan Wong, MM, MT-BC, received her bachelor's in music performance from Westmont College. She taught English, Spanish literacy, and music to at-risk children. Megan has her master’s in music therapy from CO State. She worked as a teaching asst. for the music, theater, and dance dept. and as a research asst. for the counseling psychology dept. Megan co-authored a poster, “Science/engineering careers and the good wife and mother narrative,” for the 2015 meeting of the APA. Her recent work has included terminal illness, traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and children with developmental disabilities.
Laura L. Wood, PhD, RDT/BCT, CCLS, LMHC, has a doctorate in counseling/counselor education from the Univ. of MO-St. Louis and a master's in drama therapy from NYU. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and registered drama therapist, board-certified trainer. Laura's dissertation, "The Use of Therapeutic Theater in Supporting Clients in Eating Disorder Recovery After Intensive Treatment: A Qualitative Study," examined the use of counseling and therapeutic theater to help support clients in their first year of recovery from an eating disorder. She is the president-elect for the board of the NADTA. Laura's focus includes the treatment of trauma/dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, and grief/loss.
Genia Young, ATR-BC, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist and art therapist who works with children in Los Angeles schools as a share and care counselor with Cedars-Sinai Psychological Trauma Center. She has also worked with pre-school children in an intensive day treatment program and provided individual art therapy to women in a residential drug treatment program. Genia was a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for several years before training to become a therapist.
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