Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2018


2018 SUMMIT FACULTY

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Josie Abbenante

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.

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Kay Adams

Kathleen (Kay) Adams, PTR-M/S, LPC, is a registered poetry/journal therapist and licensed professional counselor. She is the founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy, its training division, the Therapeutic Writing Institute, and its membership community, the Journalverse. Kay is the author/editor of 12 books on journal therapy and therapeutic writing, including Journal to the Self; Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice (editor); and Your Brain on Ink (w/ Deborah Ross). She was series editor for It's Easy to W.R.I.T.E. Expressive Writing 10-book series.

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Camille Ameen
Camille Ameen is an advisor/instructor for UCLArts and Healing’s Social Emotional Arts certificate program. A Certified Council Trainer, she’s facilitated councils since 1991 (including youth with special needs, continuation high schools, women in transitional housing, prison inmates), and mentors teachers and social justice organizations. Camille co-founded Inside Out Community Arts, a nationally award-winning, theatre-based program for underserved teens. At Imagination Workshop, she led theater workshops with psychiatric clients, homeless families, and homeless/addicted veterans. A theatre graduate from Mount Holyoke College, she’s performed on Broadway, TV, and film.
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Susan Ainlay Anand

Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, joined the psychiatry faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center after receiving her master’s in art therapy from New York University. She has published accounts of her work with medically ill and psychiatric patients and is co-editor of the book, The Legacy of Edith Kramer: A Multifaceted View. Susan facilitates art therapy groups for cancer patients and people with memory loss at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She conducts training workshops in the US, India, and other countries.

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Marion Anderson

Marion Anderson, PhD, STA/ISST, CGJLA/IAAP, is a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and sandplay therapist. She teaches workshops for the C.G. Jung Institute and is a faculty member at Reiss Davis Graduate Institute. Marion works with depression, anxiety, and difficult life transitions. Her dissertations researched the alchemical stage of Solutio and the therapeutic implications of the miniature collection in sandplay therapy. Marion has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

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Nacho Arimany

Nacho Arimany is an ethnic percussionist, instrumentalist, and composer, whose music career began at age six as a classical piano student and singer with the Spanish National Choir and Orchestra. He has a bachelor's in pedagogy-education and philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has taught master classes at many conservatories and universities around the world, such as NYU Steinhart, UMass-Lowell, and Conservatoire National de Argel. Nacho is a faculty member at the NY Open Center's Sound and Music Institute.

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Paige Asawa

Paige Asawa, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered art therapist, and director/faculty of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic at Loyola Marymount Univ. She teaches the family art therapy courses at LMU. Paige mentors graduate student research projects and the clinical/research fellowships. She has developed seven art therapy programs that provide services for a range of populations from pregnant and parenting teens to homeless women veterans.

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Sarah Badano

Sarah Badano, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist at Professional Child Development Associates in Pasadena. She has a bachelor’s from CA State University Northridge. Sarah has a background in piano and vocal performance, worship arts, and child development. She has experience working in various settings including residential homes, clinics, hospitals, and special education classrooms. Sarah has strong interpersonal, administrative, musical, and therapeutic skills.

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Leslie Baker

Leslie Baker, MFT, NCC, is the owner/director of Therapy2Thrive™ of the Ruby Hill Marriage and Family Counseling Center, Inc. and a co-owner of Connecting to Play Therapy, an organization dedicated to training play therapists. She is a certified Gottman therapist and author of Healing Feelings: A Healing Story for Children Coping with an Adult’s Mental Illness. Leslie is a faculty in the master’s counseling program at the University of Phoenix, Bay Area. She is a local, national, and international speaker.

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Bradford Bancroft

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 and then began his own private practice, which he calls "Rehearse for Life." Bradford works at the Veterans Administration doing "karaoke therapy," in the PTSD ward. He has worked in battered women’s shelters, drug/alcohol rehab facilities, hospitals, schools, and prisons. Bradford is on the board of many non-profits and is currently helping Diana Feldman bring ENACT to Los Angeles.

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Lori Baudino

Lori Baudino, PsyD, BC-DMT, received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s in creative arts therapy-DMT. Through the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, Lori brought the first DMT programs to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Children’s Hospital LA, where she provides bedside therapy to children with cancer, special needs, and terminal illness. She has specialized in supervising and providing treatment for special needs children and their families. Lori has worked in psychiatric hospitals and at rehab centers for trauma, addiction, and pain management.

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Michelle Bee

Michelle Bee, LMFT, CPT Trainee, is a licensed psychotherapist and the developer of Systems of Ease. She has conducted evidence-based research in mental health, chemical dependency, and clinical best practices. Michelle specializes in CBT, motivational psychology, expressive art therapy, energy psychology, and spiritual psychology. She serves as co-chair on the Los Angeles CAMFT expressive arts committee. Michelle has published in the Museletter, and the NAPT and Los Angeles CAMFT newsletters. Her poetry book is Searching for SHE in the Poet-Tree of Life.

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Brent Blair

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)."

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Carol Ann Blank

Carol Ann Blank, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, LPC, is a music therapist with 21 years’ experience. Her research theorizes that there is a relationship between music therapists’ clinical decision-making and their choice to incorporate the Music Together Within Therapy program into their practice. Carol presents on the topic of early childhood music development, with an emphasis on strategies for inclusion for non-clinical teaching staff and clinical applications for allied health professionals.

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Shemaya Blauer

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.

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Denise Boston

Denise Boston, PhD, RDT, is the dean of diversity and inclusion and expressive arts therapy professor at the CIIS. She has published on institution/community research-based partnerships, African American elders and hospice, and trauma-informed therapy. Denise has presented on collective trauma, narrative therapy, mental health disparities, and the role of arts-based research in social and organizational development. She has a master’s in counseling and psychology from Goddard College and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden Univ.

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Carolyn Braddock

Carolyn Braddock, MA, is a consultant, educator, trainer, and group facilitator who specializes in mind/body approaches. She developed The Braddock Body Process, based in Tai Chi and Qi Gong movement and philosophy. Carolyn trained in family therapy at the CO Institute for MFT. She has worked in addictions and PTSD, and currently serves as a mentor, supervisor, and 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.

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Stephen Breithaupt

Stephen Breithaupt, MS, RDT, is the director of rehab at Telecare Heritage. He has developed multiple DMT programs and created Theradrama, Inc., which teaches social skills and acting to special populations. Stephen utilized drama therapy with several community populations, including those with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and the developmentally delayed. He also appeared on Broadway and in many network TV series, directed in a variety of venues, and taught musical theatre, voice, drama, and film.

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Cynthia Briggs

Cynthia A. Briggs, PsyD, MM, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and licensed psychologist. She is professor and director of music therapy at Maryville University. Cynthia has worked in child development, child psychiatry, music therapy education, and the arts in therapy. She received her master's in music therapy from the Univ. of Miami, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel Univ. Cynthia is a past president of the AMTA and a past chairperson of the NCATA. She is one of the creators of Maryville University's Kids Rock Cancer music therapy project.

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Whitney Bush

Whitney Bush, MA, R-DMT, holds a degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Antioch University New England. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Ashford University. Whitney recently completed her DMT internship at The Hancock for Dance/Movement Therapy in Madison, WI, where she utilized "Disarming the Playground," developed by Rena Kornblum, and provided individual and group therapy. She has an invested interest in working with children especially those on the autism spectrum.

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Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll, MD, is a psychiatrist and poet. He has a family psychiatry practice, and is on the psychiatry faculty at UCLA. Robert has published many poems, stories, articles, and books in the poetry and psychiatric/medical literature. He is the author of Amazing Change: The Wisdom Illness, Death and Dying Provides. Robert has been vice president of the NAPT, and has produced yearly NAPT conferences on the healing powers of poetry at Hebrew Union College. He has read his poetry nationally and was a member of the Los Angeles Performance Poetry Slam Team.

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Kathy Cass

Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, C-IAYT, AHC, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, certified yoga therapist, and Ayurveda health counselor. She is faculty at Santa Monica College and El Camino Community College. Kathy is advisor/instructor for the Social Emotional Arts certificate program at the UCLArts & Healing. She co-authored the manual, Dance for All. Kathy is the Ayurvedic yoga therapist at Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center.

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Wes Chester

Wes Chester, MA, CAGS, is a musician, poet, artist, and author. He has a master’s and CAGS at the European Graduate School, where he is currently pursuing a PhD. Wes specializes in healing the aesthetic relationship to nature. He teaches at the Expressive Arts Institute and the European Graduate School, maintains a private practice, and teaches ecopsychology at Alliant International University’s Center for Integrative Psychology. Wes has worked as the director of the Expressive Arts Institute since 2006.

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Deborah Cluff

Deborah Cluff, PhD, is a depth psychologist, whose interests include how minds and bodies play and how shame impacts self-expression. She is certified in Creativity and the Unconscious by the Assisi Institute, and is the creator of integrative photography, which uses photographs as the medium for communication. Deborah studied art history at the Sorbonne Paris, has a master's in clinical psychology, and a doctorate in depth psychotherapy. Her new book is Shame and the Making of Art.

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Cynthia Costas Cohen

Cynthia Costas Cohen, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is certified in clinical hypnosis and EMDR. Cynthia is the director of training at the Antioch Univ. Counseling Center. She teaches and serves as president of the board for the Trauma Resource Institute, which provides training in the treatment of trauma using an integrative mind-body somatic approach. In the past several years, Cynthia's work with the organization has taken her to Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Nepal on humanitarian projects.

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Lisa Crawford

Lisa A. Crawford, MA, PhD, is a supervisor/lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona in music education and an arts integration coach for the Orange County Dept. of Education. She writes about elder memory and singing, and singing and cultural understanding. Lisa's interests include autism and composing, musical group work, and memory/cognition of elders and how these relate to early musical and life-experience learning. She has a doctorate in music education from USC and a master’s degrees from Univ. of the Pacific.

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Mary Ruth Cross

Mary Ruth Cross, RPT-S, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and counselor educator for over 20 years. She is director of the Treehouse Family Counseling Services and is a registered play therapist supervisor. Mary Ruth is a co-owner of Connecting to Play Therapy, an organization dedicated to training play therapists. She is a faculty in the master’s counseling program at the University of Phoenix, Bay Area. Mary Ruth is a local, national, and international speaker.

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Robyn Flaum Cruz

Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, is a professor in expressive therapies at Lesley University, and a board-certified DMT. She is Editor-in-Chief Emerita of The Arts in Psychotherapy and of American Journal of Dance Therapy, and author of Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options and Feders’ Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies. Robyn has published over 50 scholarly articles across the disciplines of DMT, psychology, neurology, and communications disorders.

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Erica Curtis

Erica Curtis, ATR-BC, LMFT, is a practitioner, writer, and speaker. A licensed marriage and family therapist and board-certified art therapist, she teaches for UCLArts and Healing. Erica has spoken about parenting, relationship, and wellness in media outlets including: Boston Globe, ELLE, and USA Today. Past director on the board of the AATA, she is the author of the upcoming book, The Innovative Parent: Using Art to Raise Happy, Connected, and Successful Kids.

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Jolie Delja

Jolie Delja, MS, is the director and a primary lead developer of the SEEDS program at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She is a project director for the Reflective Parenting program with Head Start families, in partnership with CII and the Center for Reflective Communities. Jolie provides training on the evaluation/treatment of children impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure to mental health professionals, teachers, and parents. She received her master’s from Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on maternal and child health.

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Aimee Levine Dickman

Aimee Levine Dickman, OTR/L, SEP, is an occupational therapist/somatic experiencing practitioner at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital UCLA and the Camden Center. She is working on her certificate in sensory integration from USC. Aimee has presented on trauma informed care and sensory tools for self-regulation. She was a Broadway dancer, a bodyworker, and a yoga instructor. Aimee has a master’s in occupational therapy at USC, a certification in somatic experiencing, and completed somatic experiencing touch skills.

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Debra Disman
Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in the form of the book, both as a solo practitioner and in the public sphere of community engagement. She is the owner/principal of ArtiFactory Studio. She was awarded a WORD: Artist Grant / Bruce Geller Memorial Prize in 2016 to create “The Sheltering Book”, a life-sized book structure designed as a catalyst for community creativity. Debra was also awarded a City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence grant to work with visual and performing arts high school students and the surrounding community in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of LA.
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Helen Dolas

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, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As an adjunct music therapy professor at CA State Univ. Northridge, Helen established several new music therapy clinical training sites. She is co-creating the International Foundation for the Healing Arts to promote the development of music therapy services.

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Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle, RDT, LMFT, LPCC, certified in EMDR, is a drama therapy graduate from the CIIS. He was the program coordinator of a day treatment program that offered creative arts therapy to emotionally disturbed children and teens in Los Angeles County. Daniel uses EMDR with drama and expressive arts therapy to assist clients with healing from trauma. He is an officer in the SoCal Chapter of the NADTA and on faculty at the SoCal Drama Therapy Center.

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Robert Duke

Robert (Bob) Duke, PhD, is professor/director of the Center for Music Learning and professor in the Dell Medical School, both at UT Austin. He directed the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Bob’s recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. He is the author of Scribe 4, behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship (w/ Jim Byo), and Brain Briefs (w/ Art Markman).

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Genevieve Dunn

Genevieve Dunn, MA, R-DMT, is a staff DMT with the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy in Madison, WI. She has a master’s in DMT and counseling from Antioch University New England. Genevieve received her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies-storytelling through oral traditions, creative movement, and musical expression from Western Washington State University. She completed her DMT internship at The Hancock, where she utilized Disarming the Playground with Rena Kornblum.

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Pamela Dunne

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT, BCT, is a registered drama therapist, board-certified trainer, psychologist, professor emerita at CA State Univ. Los Angeles, and executive director/trainer at the Drama Therapy Institute. For over 13 years, the Institute has offered an annual summer abroad program, conducting training and workshops in many places such as Europe, Great Britain, Greece, Stockholm, and Ireland. Pam has pioneered drama therapy and "Narradrama," training in China, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Carrie Ekins

Carrie Ekins, MA, is the founder of Drums Alive®. She has a master's in physical education and dance from BYU and is a doctoral candidate at the Univ. of Chemnitz, Germany. Carrie has taught at several colleges and presented as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at universities and conventions worldwide. In addition to writing manuals for educational companies, she is a published author with articles in many trade magazines, including Fitness Trainer, Aerobic Fitness Instructor, Fitness Professionals, Sport and Fitness, WellFit, and the Augsburg Journal.

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Judith Greer Essex

Judith Greer Essex, PhD, REAT, ADTR, LMFT, founding director of the Expressive Arts Institute, teaches expressive arts therapy, coaching, and education. She created dance therapy and expressive arts therapy programs for clinics and hospitals in the San Diego area. Judith taught movement, dance, and psychology at SDSU, UIS, UCSD, and Alliant University. She has a BFA in dance/theater from BYU, master’s in dance movement from UCLA, a MAC from National University, and a doctorate in expressive arts therapy from the European Graduate School.

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Karen Estrella

Karen Estrella, PhD, REAT, ATR-BC, MT-BC, coordinates expressive arts therapy at Lesley University. Her interests lie in developing competencies and integrating theory in expressive arts therapy. Karen's training in art therapy, music therapy, expressive arts therapy, and psychodynamic approaches, as well as clinical/research interests in multicultural issues in counseling, have led to a strong emphasis on social activism in expressive therapies.

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Ryan Eversole

Ryan Eversole, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and works for Special School District and the St. Anthony’s Hospital in the Behavioral Health Department. He has a bachelor’s in music-composition from Truman State Univ., and is completing his master’s in music therapy at Maryville Univ. Ryan’s work has included hospice care, psychiatric care, eating disorders, at-risk youth, developmental disabilities, and cancer. He has presented on topics including therapeutic composition with at-risk youth and the use of music therapy with persons with eating disorders.

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Peggy Farlow

Peggy A. Farlow, MAE, MT-BC, is a continuing lecturer in music therapy at IPFW. She also provides services to people with disabilities in individual and group settings in her private practice.

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Diana Feldman

Diana Feldman, RDT, LCAT, is the founder and CEO/president of enACT, Inc. (www.enact.org), which has brought social and emotional education through interactive theater and drama therapy techniques to NYC schools. A recipient of a five-year Ford Foundation grant and presenter at conferences, she is a drama therapist and author. Diana has worked on developing original theater pieces that have run at the Lortell Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in NYC. She is also a published songwriter.

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Merle Fishman
Merle Fishman is an Occupational Therapist working in the WLA Veterans Health Administration. Her clinic is a large, well equipped Arts & Crafts studio where veterans can work in the media of their choice. Prior to her career as an OT, Merle was a mosaic artist working primarily on private commissions and teaching a monthly day-long mosaic workshop for the Learning Annex. She also worked with the feminist art group Ariadne on The Incest Project, "outing" incest through numerous activities. Merle also created an art book related to that project, Just One Story, which is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald is the manager of recreational music activities for Remo, Inc., a freelance percussionist, and graduate of Village Music Circle, HealthRHYTHMS, and Beat the Odds facilitator trainings. He is a graduate of the Newfield Network’s coaching and Strozzi Institute’s leadership in action programs. John has developed programs for the Mark Taper Forum and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn, and composed/performed for many films and theatrical productions. He has designed and delivered programs for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and USC.

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Melena Francis
Melena Francis, born in Havana Cuba is a multi-talented percussionist and educator on Afro Cuban music history. She studied privately with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and has toured with legendary artists such as: Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Macy Gray, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Francisco Aguabella, Chino Nunez, Eva Ayllone, Oscar Hernandez and more. In 2016, Melena recorded with Cuba’s national treasure Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, making history to be the first female instrumentalist to ever record and perform with the Septeto Nacional since their founding in 1927. Melena performs world-wide as an independent artist and also fronts her own Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa band.
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Michael A. Franklin

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is chair of the transpersonal art therapy program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Prior to Naropa, he practiced as a clinician and directed art therapy at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael's current research focuses on integrating the relationships between art therapy, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation. His book, Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self, was released in 2017.

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Lorraine Freedle

Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, LCSW, is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist, trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics®, and teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the Int’l Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is the clinical director of Pacific Quest, an outdoor behavioral holistic health program. Lorraine has a private practice, Black Sand Neuropsychological Services. As a research-practitioner, she has published many journal articles and chapters, and serves as research editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy.

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Kimberly Freesh

Kimberly Freesh, CYT, CYTT, AHP, is a somatic yoga teacher, yoga therapist, Ayurvedic health practitioner, and ballroom/free form dancer. She specializes in Viniyoga. For several years, Kimberly offered gentle/chair yoga classes at Northridge Hospital, Annie's Yoga Studio, the YMCA, and at Bridges Academy. She opened Out Back Yoga Integrative Healing Arts Center, where she encourages students to find better ways to live with rather than against their true nature.

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Juliana Frias

Juliana Frias, MT-BC, has been with Professional Child Development Associates since 2012, where she currently serves as director of creative arts. She received her bachelor's in music from CA State University Northridge, where she also studied classical trumpet. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including Alzheimer's and Dementia care, post-surgical rehabilitation, and general hospital settings.

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Harriet Friedman

Harriet S. Friedman, MA, MFT, CST-T/STA/ISST, is a Jungian analyst in private practice. She is a founding member of Sandplay Therapists of America, and a certified member of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy. Former director of the Hilde Kirsch Children's Center at the Jung Institute of LA, Harriet is a member of its teaching faculty. She is co-author of Sandplay: Past, Present and Future, and Supervision of Sandplay Therapy (both w/ Rie Rogers Mitchell). Harriet has also lectured internationally on integrating sandplay and Jungian psychology.

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Betsy Funk

Betsy Funk, LCSW, LIMHP, MPA, REAT, is a certified clinical social worker and licensed mental health practitioner and co-founder of Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative. She has worked with agencies including Goodwill Industries and Lutheran Family Services. Betsy specializes in trauma/abuse related issues, and has training in trauma-focused CBT and expressive arts therapy. She is the developer/facilitator of the expressive arts therapy groups, "GRowing with Expressive Arts Together, (GREAT)," with pre-teens and teenagers.

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Kate Richards Geller

Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, received a master’s in music therapy from NYU. Her training includes medical music therapy in pediatrics, neurology, oncology, along with voicework and improvisation. Kate has worked in medical settings, schools, and community centers, providing 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.

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Lani Gerity

Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR, holds a doctorate from NYU in art therapy. She has been practicing art therapy since 1980, with an emphasis on dissociative identity disorder and puppet-making. Lani is the author of Creativity and the Dissociative Patient, and editor of Edith Kramer's collection of papers, Art as Therapy, along with various journal articles and chapters in other books.

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Eliana Gilad

Eliana Gilad is the founder of Voices of Eden: Ancient Wisdom and Healing Music Institute, a TEDx presenter, and author of Miriam's Secret: Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Feminine Leadership. She has been featured in Sharon Stone's film, "Femme," and performed on-stage with Bobby McFerrin. Eliana founded the world’s first medically-researched, live healing music project in a 50%/50% Jewish-Arab - Israeli hospital and leads an annual wisdom leadership retreat to Ancient Israel. Her Trust Your True Voice programs help professionals suffering from self-doubt.

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold, MA, is the founder/executive director of the Pongo Poetry Project and creator of the Pongo Teen Writing Method. Pongo establishes writing programs within sites such as detention centers and homeless shelters, and guides teens to process traumatic events while giving them a voice and showing them how to "own" their stories by connecting with others and themselves. His book is titled, Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method. www.pongoteenwriting.org.

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Maria Gonzalez-Blue

Maria Gonzalez-Blue, MA, REAT, REACE, is a registered expressive arts therapist and consultant/educator. She worked at the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for 12 years and taught Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy at CIIS for 13 years. Maria has been adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College for 30 years, where she teaches creative processes for personal growth. As a IEATA board member she drafted the first international registration procedures for expressive arts consultants/educators. A 30-year relationship with Huichol shamans from Mexico has influenced her commitment to the arts and ritual as a spiritual practice.

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David Gordon

David S. Gordon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. An associate clinical professor in psychiatry at UCLA, he supervises residents, teaches a class in guided imagery techniques, and consults in the School of Medicine. David has been a member of the teaching faculty of the S. California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and has presented for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He teaches workshops for clinicians of all levels in clinical hypnosis. A board member of the Los Angeles Society for Clinical Psychologists for many years, David also served as its president.

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Amber Elizabeth Gray
Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, is a pioneer in the use of Dance/Movement Therapy, Somatic Psychology and Continuum in global cross cultural and trauma contexts. She has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health, torture treatment and creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies with survivors and refugees to more than 30 programs worldwide. Amber developed Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based clinical approach for mind-heart-spirit, somatic, movement, and arts-based therapies with trauma survivors in cross-cultural, low resource contexts, and her collaborative relationship with Dr Stephen Porges contributed to the development of “Polyvagal-informed DMT" and "Polyvagal informed Continuum” which are the subject of her most recent publications.
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Carrie Gray

Carrie Gray, MA, LMFT, is a somatically-oriented psychotherapist in private practice. She has degrees from the Wright Institute, CA Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), and Wesleyan University. Carrie practices Breema’s body-based approach to "Being Present" and has taught at a variety of venues, including Esalen Institute and Evergreen State College. Trained in Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Psychotherapy, she teaches self-care workshops at the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley.

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Vanya Green

Vanya Green, MA, MT-BC, LPCC, is a board-certified music therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor specializing in cross-cultural approaches to stress and pain reduction through music.  She helped establish the music therapy program at UCLA Medical Center and is a part of the clinical team of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program. With degrees from Brandeis University and New York University, Vanya has studied the voice and healing as a Fulbright Fellow and artist in Israel, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. She has authored publications on music therapy and the neurobiological processes involved in pain, music perception, and emotions.

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Bonnie Harnden

Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT, is a professor in the creative arts therapies program at Concordia University in Canada. Her research focuses on performance, trauma, and the nervous system and she is currently adapting a play to film based on her work in acute emergency settings with traumatized children and their families. Bonnie holds a research grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Quebec Ministry of Economics and Innovation.

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Pamela Hayes

Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC, specializes in working with addictions, parenting, depression, anxiety, grief, and LGBTQ issues, among others. Trained in hypnotherapy, EMDR, and emotional freedom techniques, she is also court-certified in sexual abuse evaluation. Pamela has taught art therapy courses for several graduate training programs and has written books and produced DVDs on art therapy. She is the creator of the video podcast "3 Minute Art Therapy."

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Marci Javril

Marci Javril, BCTMB, CST, CMT, developer of Melting Touch Method©, is a lymphatic massage specialist. 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 has a bachelor's in dance therapy, is board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, and a certified somatic therapist with ABMP. She developed Step Beyond, an alternative PE program for kids at risk.

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Lisa Herman

Lisa Herman, PhD, MFT, REAT, is an assoc. professor at Meridian University. She was director of creative expression at the Institute of Transpersonal Studies, and on faculty at the CA Institute of Integral Studies and The CREATE Institute. Lisa received her PhD in integral studies with a concentration in transformative learning and change. Her area of arts-based research is on the effect of disturbing images of evil events on those who were not there. Lisa is former executive co-chair of IEATA and has worked in agencies and private practice for 40 years.

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Ping Ho

Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is Founder/Director of UCLArts and Healing - an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping was Founding Administrator and is a Steering Committee member. She was also founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford, an MA in counseling psychology from the Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in community health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health. Ping is on the Council of Advisers for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health.uclartsandhealing.org

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Alaina Hogue

Alaina Hogue, MT-BC, has been with PCDA’s creative arts department since 2010. She has a background in both solo vocal and choral work, receiving her bachelor’s of music in voice performance from California State University, Long Beach, and her music therapy degree from Arizona State Univ. Alaina has practiced music therapy in a variety of settings including hospice, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, general hospital settings, and children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities.

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Stephanie Holly

Stephanie Holly, MMT, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist with a master’s in music therapy from Maryville University. She has a bachelor’s in music performance-voice from UNC School of Arts. Stephanie completed her internship at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, an inpatient rehab facility, providing acute medical care for children with intensive medical needs to assist in their transition from hospital to home. She is currently music therapy coordinator for Compositions for LIFE and provides music therapy service at Pearce Hall alternative school.

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Lisa Hope

Lisa Hope, ATR-BC, LADC, LCAT, is a licensed board-certified art therapist and recovery coach. She is an addictions counselor, credentialed in counseling, coaching and recovery peer advocacy for substance use disorders. Lisa has a private practice and works with psychotic, mood, and eating disorders in the Adult Partial Hospitalization program at NY Presbyterian. She provides substance use education at hospitals, non-profits, and juvenile placement facilities.

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Janice Hoshino

Janice Hoshino, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT, is the director of the Creative Arts Institute and chair of art therapy at Antioch University Seattle. She has published and presented on couple and family art therapy and multicultural attunement in art therapy. Janice has been doing work internationally with an organization dedicated to working with special needs children.

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Karen Howard

Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP,, is a registered music therapist, a certified Autism movement therapy provider, and founder of Music & Expressive Therapy Associates. She especially works with people with special needs and people in drug rehab. 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/teens on the Autism spectrum. Karen has degrees in music therapy, piano performance, psychology, and teaching.

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Marian Husted

Marian Husted, MScAT, CZT, received her master's in art therapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She worked in hospice care at Marie Curie Hospice and the Royal Edinburgh Psychiatric Hospital with anorexic youth. Marian also worked with inner-city African-American youth at Riverside Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, DC. She has been working at Coalinga State Hospital since 2007, a forensic-psychiatric facility in CA that treats civilly committed sex offenders. Marian is a supervising rehabilitation therapist and Certified Zentangle Teacher.

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Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson, CST-T, LSW, is a clinical social worker and certified sandplay therapist/teacher with over 35 years of experience in school, mental health agency, and private practice settings. She has presented internationally and authored several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Betty serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and coordinates sandplay training in the Mid-Atlantic region. She works as a child and family therapist and maintains a private practice.

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Louvenia Jackson

Louvenia Jackson, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, received both her master’s and her doctorate in art therapy at Notre Dame de Namur Univ. She has worked for 11 years with acute emotionally and behaviorally challenged adolescents as a creative art therapist in residential treatment. Louvenia's current focus is on social and cultural foundations in art therapy and transformative learning. She supports cultural humility in education through the involvement of collective art projects with diverse cultural communities.

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Jeffrey Jamerson

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."

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Trisha Jauchler

Trisha Jauchler, MS, MA, RDT-BCT, CBF, is the director of On Bright Wings, which provides end-of-life services. She is a registered drama therapist, trained death midwife, certified bereavement facilitator, and ordained interfaith minister. Trisha specializes in action techniques using drama, art, music, and imagery for personal growth, emotional expression, and skills training. She also leads advance planning and death directive educational workshops, and hosts a monthly Death Cafe.

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Kathryn Johnson

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.

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Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, MFA/OTA, is an actor, speaker, expressive arts facilitator, and artist educator. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, and stars in the feature horror film "The Edge of Isolation." Diana was the first actress with a disability to graduate with a MFA in acting from CA State University-Long Beach. She has a certificate in social emotional arts from UCLA and is studying drama therapy at the Drama Therapy Institute. Diana created The Rainbow Butterfly Café, where she offers one-person shows, performance lectures, and expressive arts workshops. www.dianaelizabethjordan.com, www.rainbowbutterflycafe.com

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Jill Kaplan

Jill Kaplan, MA, MFT, CST-T, is a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America (certified sandplay therapist-teacher), International Society for Sandplay Therapy, and serves on the board of trustees of Sandplay Therapists of America. She is book reviews editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and has authored several articles for the Journal, including "The Drowned and the Saved: Recovering Soul through Sandplay." Jill works with both children and adults, and offers consultation and supervision.

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Gabrielle Kaufman

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, is a dance/movement therapist and licensed 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, DMT, postpartum depression, and edited the book, Bringing Light to Motherhood.

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Hilary Kern

Hilary Kern, ATR, CYT, LMFT, is a licensed therapist and certified coach through the Tantric Institute of Integrative Sexuality. She helps women suffering from low-energy, numbness, and disconnection from their body to reawaken their aliveness using a blend of mind-body and expressive arts approaches. Hilary also created the program "Dance for All," where she mentors arts leaders and fosters community engagement through dance. She co-wrote a curriculum, "Dance For All: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning through the Arts," in partnership with UCLArts and Healing. www.hilarykern.com.

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Neal King

Neal King, LCSW, has a master's in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker with training in hypnotherapy, sandtray therapy, and EMDR. He is founder of King Motivates, where he developed programs including weight loss, and smoke cessation. Neal uses comedy improv in his practice to treat social anxiety disorder, finding that group cohesiveness and gentle improv direction assists clients to feel at ease in what usually would be highly anxiety-provoking situations.

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Kat Kirby

Kathryn (Kat) Kirby, ATR-BC, has been a board-certified art therapist since 1978, after graduating from Lesley University. She has had a private therapy practice, and has taught art therapy and expressive art therapy classes at UCSD and Prescott College. Kat has been practicing SoulCollage® since 2005, and is one of 14 SoulCollage® facilitator trainers around the world. She created the CD "SoulCollage® and Art Therapy" for SoulCollage® Inc.

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Deborah Koff-Chapin

Deborah Koff-Chapin 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. 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 and Art Therapy in Healthcare. Deborah has served on the board of the IEATA and is founding director of the Center for Touch Drawing.

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Peggy Kolodny

Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT, has a master’s in art therapy from GWU, and Level 2 certificates in EMDR and IFS. Specializing in trauma, she is adjunct faculty for the Univ. of MD School of Social Work; workshop faculty of the Ferentz Institute, Chesapeake Professional Play Therapy Seminars, as well as frequent Summit faculty. Past positions include vice chair of the MD Chapter of American Professional Society on Abuse of Children; chairperson of Central Maryland Sexual Abuse Treatment Task Force; president of MD Art Therapy Assn.

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Joanne Lara

Joanne Lara, MA, CTC, MSEd, is the founder of Autism Movement Therapy, and author of Autism Movement Therapy Method: Waking up the Brain! and co-author of Teaching Pre-Employment Skills to 14-17-year-olds: The Autism Works Now Method. She was the autism expert for the TV show "Touch," and is core adjunct faculty at National University. Joanne produced the documentary, "Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts," and is the executive director of Autism Works Now! www.autismworksnow.org, www.autismmovementtherapy.org.

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Jennifer Lefebre

Jennifer Lefebre, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed child psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and adjunct faculty at several universities, where she teaches and serves as a supervisor. She is a certified TF-CBT therapist, and is completing EMDR certification. Jennifer has over 15 years' experience with trauma, attachment, and neuro-developmental disorders. She is also a Reiki Master and a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor.

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Paul Lesnik
Paul Lesnik, LCSW, ASW, TEP, is an associate of the Action Institute of California, a board certified psychodramatist, and expressive arts therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA, and West Palm Beach, FL. He has developed expressive arts programming in mental health facilities, schools, social services agencies and treatment facilities across the country. Paul taught in university settings, conducts an ongoing psychodrama training group, and has presented nationally on the expressive therapies and psychodrama.
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Danielle Levanas

Danielle Levanas, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a registered drama therapist on faculty at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. She received her master's degree from New York University and has worked in a number of clinical settings, including forensic psychiatry, addiction treatment, and within educational systems. Danielle holds an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies Program in NYC. She was a member of the Big Apple Playback Theatre Company for 9 years, and she has studied at the DvT Institute East.

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Marcia Leventhal

Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, former professor/director of the graduate dance/movement therapy program, NYU; co-founder, co-director of the International Institute for Advancement Training in Dance Therapy; co-founder of the IDTIA and director of training in Melbourne, Australia; co-founder of The Art of Embodiment; provides workshops in Whole Person Psychology; former professional dancer, actor, choreographer, director; and trained in numerous alternative healing modalities. www.marciableventhal.com

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Debra Linesch

Debra Linesch, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, is a professor in the graduate MFT department at Loyola Marymount Univ. and the founder/interim director of the art therapy research institute. She is the author of five books, Adolescent Art Therapy, Art Therapy with Families in Crisis, Celebrating Family Milestones through Art Making, Panim el Panim: Facing Genesis, and Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy. Debra developed the Art Therapy in Mexico collaboration with Universidad Iberoamericana, an intercultural training and service endeavor.

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Jennie Linthorst

Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF, founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy, works privately with individuals and groups exploring their personal histories through reading and writing poetry. She is on the faculty of UCLArts and Healing, and a writing instructor in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Jennie is the author of two poetry books: Silver Girl, and Autism Disrupted: A Mother’s Journey of Hope. www.lifespeakspoetrytherapy.com

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Christopher Mack

Christopher Mack has been the community outreach coordinator at Wesley Healthcare's JWCH Clinic for 14 years. He is known as the Urban Sage. Christopher has walked the streets of Skid Row for over a decade offering health care services, hope, and inspiration to countless individuals.

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Denise Malis

Denise Malis, PhD, MFA, ATR-BC, LMHC, holds a PhD in expressive therapies and is an assistant professor in art therapy at Lesley. As a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified art therapist, she has practiced, instructed, and supervised art therapists for over 25 years. Denise has published and presented on the Art Mentoring program, a group that she developed and maintained for a 10-year period. This program allowed adults with mental health disabilities to be active artists in the Somerville, MA community.

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Jamie Marich

Jamie Marich, PhD, REAT, RMT, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, speaks on topics such as trauma, addiction, and mindfulness. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice. Jamie is the author of Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement, Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation, and her newest book (w/ S. Dansiger), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care. www.dancingmindfulness.com

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Darcy Marlow

Darcy Marlow, ATR, MEd, LMHC, has a master’s in curriculum design from Seattle Univ. and a master’s in mental health counseling and art therapy from Antioch University Seattle. She is a registered art therapist, licensed mental health counselor, and instructor at Antioch University Seattle. Darcy’s courses include History of Art Therapy, Techniques and Practices of Art Therapy, and Symbolism, Creativity, and Metaphor.

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Lora Wilson Mau

Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, licensed Zumba instructor, and a lecturer for dance at CA State University-Long Beach. Serving as the PR chair for the ADTA from 2012 to 2016, she developed professional DMT video content (ADTA Talks) and a strategic multi-platform social media presence for the ADTA. Lora is a past president of the CA chapter of the ADTA. She provides clinical DMT services in psychiatric hospitals and at assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

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Christine Mayor

Christine Mayor, MA, RDT, is a drama therapist living in Ontario, completing her doctoral studies in critical social policy within the social work department at Wilfrid Laurier Univ. She is the associate editor of Drama Therapy Review, adjunct faculty at Lesley University, and has published several articles focused on power and race in drama therapy. Christine is also the former director of public health and social policy at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and director of ALIVE, a trauma-centered program in CT public schools.

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Salicia Mazero

Salicia Mazero, MA, ATR, LPC, received a bachelor's in art and psychology from Millersville University and a master's in art therapy from Drexel University. She has treated eating disorders, trauma, dissociation, self-injury, anxiety, and depression. Salicia is trained in Internal Family Systems and EMDR. Her treatment approach is a combination of attachment-based theories, trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

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Marilyn McLaughlin

Marilyn McLaughlin, MFA, MST, CLMA, RSMT, CPT, has over 30 years’ experience in art and wellness practice as a: certified movement analyst; registered somatic movement therapist and educator; group drumming wellness program facilitator; University movement educator; creator of Drumming Into Stillness™ and All Bodies Dance!™; certified personal trainer, NASM; senior fitness specialist; state-certified massage therapist; certified FallProof™ instructor; and balance and mobility specialist.

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Einat Metzl

Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, CST, LMFT, is a licensed marital and family therapist and registered art therapist. She has a private practice and is an associate professor at the Loyola Marymount University’s graduate marriage and family therapy/art therapy program. Einat is committed to expanding art therapy research and bridging our current paradigms of art therapy with related disciplines, weaving our collective knowledge of wellness in ways that benefit the diversity layers between and within each of us.

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Margaret Migliorati

Margaret Migliorati, MA, R-DMT, NCC, LPCC, is a registered dance/movement therapist and a licensed therapist in the state of New Mexico. She is the president of the American Dance Therapy Board of Directors and works clinically in psychiatric emergent care. Margaret has been teaching sacred circle dance in both community and clinical settings since 2006.

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Anne Mills

Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT, director of the Diagnostic Drawing Series Archive, owner of Art Therapy Services. In private practice for 25+ years, specializations include the treatment of survivors of severe early trauma who are highly dissociative. Anne provides resiliency-focused treatment for adolescents and adults who have experienced difficult transitions such as illness, bereavement, and loss of culture (refugees, international students). She was art therapy director at GWU, and has published on assessment and trauma treatment.

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Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell, MFT, ATR, LPC, is the author of Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy. She is the creator of CreateFest: The Annual Online Creativity Festival for Mental Health Professionals. Lisa specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma, and her workshops help therapists to approach the therapeutic process as a creative one. She has presented and written for national conferences and organizations such as Psychotherapy Networker, Cross Country Education, and CAMFT.

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Gita Morena

Gita Morena, PhD, CST-T, LMFT, is a teaching member of the Int’l Society for Sandplay Therapy, co-founder of the Sandplay Therapy Institute, and a research editor for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She incorporates a Jungian orientation and Buddhist perspective. In Gita’s book, The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Psychotherapist, she sheds light on The Wizard of Oz as a tale of individuation and spiritual awakening. She is a co-editor and contributing author of Living the Tides of Uncertainty and contributing author of Supervision of Sandplay Therapy.

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Ava Nahas
Ava Nahas is an Egyptian-Lebanese born Percussionist who plays a wide range of world drums as well as drumset. She performs in the U.S. and abroad with several distinguished ensembles and has enjoyed being a NAMM artist for A.T.V. for the last 2 years. She founded the Ava Nahas World Percussion Ensemble which has won much acclaim for its groundbreaking artistry and is an educator in her field. She seeks to live her life like she lives her music, with passion, creativity, spirituality and love.
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Omid Naim

Omid Naim, MD, is an alumnus of UCLA and USC. After completing his psychiatry studies at UCSF, he worked with high-risk youth at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, where he helped design programs that fostered skills to empower youth and families in healing trauma without over-reliance on medication. Omid founded Hope Integrative Psychiatry, a multimodal group practice. Further education at the Univ. of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine led to his creation of the La Maida Institute.

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Eva Nemeth

Eva Nemeth, PT, CHT, is a physical therapist, movement educator, and hypnotherapist. She has worked with performing artists, athletes, and corporate employees. Eva applied dance and kinetic ideas to developing new physical therapy modalities. She began her training in physical therapy, modern dance, and rhythmic gymnastics in Hungary, where she studied, taught, and practiced for over 15 years. She holds graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Medical Univ. of Physiotherapy in Budapest. In California, she founded Marina Physical Therapy.

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Donna Newman-Bluestein

Donna Newman-Bluestein, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC, is a board-certified DMT therapist, licensed mental health counselor, certified movement analyst, educator, dancer, and writer. Her work focuses on mental illness, chronic pain, coronary artery disease, and dementia. Donna has developed: Octaband®, a sensory prop to stimulate connection through movement for people with dementia; The Dance of Interaction: Embodied Relationships in Dementia Care, a dual-level training curriculum in nonverbal communication; and a Quality of Life Movement Assessment for Persons with Advanced Dementia.

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Brian Owens

Brian Owens, along with his core trio, The Deacons of Soul, invites audiences to honor the past and attend to the present and future through performances that are about preservation. In addition to being Artist-in-Residence with the St. Louis Symphony, where he oversees the IN UNISON Church and Mentoring program, he also serves as Community Music Artist-in-Residence with the E. Desmond Lee Fine Collaborative at the Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis. Brian is the founder of LIFE Arts, Inc., a non-profit created to provide leadership development experiences for urban youth pursuing the arts.

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Blair Paley

Blair Paley, PhD, is a professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the director of the early childhood core for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She and her colleagues are currently evaluating the reflective parenting program with Head Start families in partnership with CII and the Center for Reflective Communities. Blair received her doctorate at UCLA and completed an NIMH postdoctoral research fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill with a focus on family risk and resilience.

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Christo Pellani

Christo Pellani is a sound and energy healer, rhythm awareness drum circle facilitator, life/wellness coach, and expressive therapist. He founded Soundformation, and provides therapeutic arts services for schools, retreats, and conferences. Christo authored an interactive sound healing curriculum, "Living Adventures through Sound," and is a certified in Tama-Do. He is a sound and vibration healing instructor at the CA Academy for the Healing Arts.

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Jahna Perricone

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 voice teacher and director of mindfulness programs at C3: Center for Conscious Creativity. Jahna has been leading mindfulness classes at MARC at UCLA, Loyola Marymount College, and the Fowler Museum. She released the album, "Into the Mindful Wild," and is the founder of Museful: An Immersion into Mindfulness and Music.

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Michael Perricone

Michael Perricone, CAS, is owner of Airetight Media, Inc., and is a sound supervisor and mixer for movies and television. He has performed his technique with artists at the Getty Center, the Fowler and the Hammer Museums, Walt Disney Hall, the International Environmental Film Festival, and the World Festival of Sacred Music. 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.

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Amy Pfenning

Amy Pfenning, MPS, ATR, CZT, has a master's in art therapy from Pratt Institute. She works at Coalinga State Hospital, a treatment facility for sexually violent predators. Amy manages the hospital's Art Center, and provides art therapy supervision. She has presented at various conferences including the American Art Therapy Assn, the CA Coalition on Sexual Offending, the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, and the Forensic Mental Health Association of California. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

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Angela Porter

Angela Porter, MA, CATC, CMT, LMFT, specializes in addictions, and is trained in Gestalt, body-centered, and somatic therapy at Esalen Institute. Former program director at New Bridge Foundation, she incorporated Breema into her work with veterans, formerly incarcerated, and clients with co-occurring mental health issues. Angela is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin, and maintains a consultation practice. A certified instructor, she teaches workshops internationally.

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Tristine Rainer

Tristine Rainer, PhD, focuses her work on diary and memoir writing. She is the author of two books on personal expressive writing continuously in print: The New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity and Your Life as Story. In addition to co-founding the UCLA women’s studies program and writing/producing movies for television, Tristine taught memoir and creative nonfiction for 11 years in the USC professional writing graduate program. She is also the director of the nonprofit Center for Autobiographic Studies.

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Sherry Raley

Sherry Raley, PhD, FAMI, MT-BC, is a licensed clinical psychologist, music therapist, and fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. She maintains a music-centered expressive arts psychotherapy practice that focuses on trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment, and LGBT issues. Sherry is an assistant trainer with Therapeutic Arts Institute, a training institute for the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. She is former core faculty in the expressive arts therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Laury Rappaport

Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC, teaches expressive arts therapies and art therapy, and has served on the faculties at Lesley, Notre Dame de Namur, CA Institute of Integral Studies, and Meridian Univ. She 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. Laury is a Focusing instructor/trainer with The International Focusing Institute and the founder/director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute.

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Zoe Rappaport

Zoe Rappaport is a dancer/choreographer, arts educator, and community/youth worker. She has a bachelor’s from NYU's Gallatin School, where she self-designed her concentration in community-based arts education. Zoe is the artist/program manager for 4C LAB, which provides opportunities for youth to share their stories through artistic expression. She has received grants to produce, choreograph, and perform dance, poetry, music, and visual elements. Zoe has worked with after-school programs, dance studios, and prisons.

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Kelly Reedy

Kelly Reedy, MEd, MA, AThR, is an artist, educator, and art therapist. She has taught studio practice to graduate art therapy students at LASALLE College of the Arts. Kelly provides trainings at the National Institute of Education. She has worked with at-risk-youth and older adults with severe mental illness. Kelly’s interest in psychology and traditional ritual practices across Asia has led her to incorporate cross-cultural art-making techniques into her work. She has exhibited her artwork in France, Germany, Singapore, and the U.S.

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Anna Reyner

Anna Reyner, MA, has conducted over 800 national and international hands-on art workshops and is a registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She holds a master’s in expressive art therapy from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s in art and psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. In creating art activities, Anna draws upon her experiences as an art therapist, art teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, youth program director, and teacher trainer.

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Charlotte Reznick

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 the Imagination for Healing, Change, and Growth. She is a child educational psychologist and a former UCLA associate clinical professor of psychology. Charlotte is the creator of Imagery for Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program.

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Jane Ferris Richardson

Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, ATR-BC, RPT, RPT-S, LMHC, is a board-certified art therapist, registered play therapist and play therapy supervisor, and licensed mental health counselor. She is an assoc. professor in art therapy at Lesley University. Jane has a doctorate from Boston Univ. and a master’s from Lesley. She has published/presented her work on autism and art therapy, play therapy and autism, and the importance of multiple languages for expression. Jane’s recent publication is a chapter in The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy.

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Ruth Xilomen Rios

Ruth Xilomen Rios, MFA, ATR-BC, LMFT, is an artist, licensed marriage and family therapist and board-certified art therapist, who specializes in working with trauma, children, and immigrant communities. She works with the Share and Care program through Cedars-Sinai's Psychological Trauma Center and provides supervision as part-time faculty at Loyola Marymount University, where she also serves as chair of LMU's Active Cultural Explorations Committee. Ruth sits on the Art Therapy Credentials Board as board director.

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Ana Laura Treviño Santos

Ana Laura Treviño Santos, former visiting professor in the program, has been co-directing LMU's Art Therapy in Mexico program in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico for over a decade. She is also the founder and director of the Instituto Mexicano de Psicoterapia de Arte in Mexico City. Ana Laura is a psychologist, play therapist, art therapist, and a marital and family therapist with extensive clinical experience.

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Myriam "Mimi" Savage

Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT, drama therapist, board certified trainer, and NADTA board member is on the faculty at UCLArts and Healing. Published in peer-reviewed journals, her forthcoming chapter will be in IAP's volume: Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency . Dr. Savage facilitates youth with dual diagnosis, created on-going programs for acute psychiatric units, and for two years she led weekly groups and therapeutic theatre for homeless women (seen in the film, "Game Girls", debuting at the Berlin Film Festival). She is director of the SoCal Drama Therapy Center for professional development. (SoCaldramatherapycenter.com)

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Mady Schutzman

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 2018.

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Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma, PsyD, has a doctorate in clinical psychology-multicultural psychology. He is assoc. professor at the IL School of Professional Psychology at Argosy Univ.-Chicago. Rahul is founder/bassist/sitarist for the intercultural music group Funkadesi. He is a trained facilitator in Health Rhythms and advanced Adolescent Protocol, and has integrated Remo Drums’ protocols with multicultural group techniques. Rahul was commissioned to co-write a musical piece to be performed by 1,000 musicians, aimed to provide arts opportunities for youth in violence-prone environments.

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Daniel J. Siegel

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, a pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, which focuses on teaching insight, empathy, and integration. Dan has published many books, including: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and with Tina Payne Bryson: The Whole-Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain. Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, will be published in August.

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Suzanne Silverstein
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.
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Ashley Smith
Ashley J. Smith, MS, LMFT, has been providing trauma-informed mental health services for 20 years. After completion of an MS in clinical psychology more than a decade ago, she began working with San Luis Obispo County as an abused children’s treatment services therapist and continues in this role today. She has taught parenting and teaches Life Skills for their Independent Living Program. A registered 200-hr yoga teacher, Ashley teaches at Balance Treatment Center in San Luis Obispo, providing an emphasis on interoception and self-regulation. She is a certified facilitator in Lucia Capachione's Creative Journal Expressive Arts.
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Leeav Sofer

Leeav Sofer is a singer-songwriter, composer, music director, and teaching artist with a degree in clarinet and voice from the Bob Cole Conservatory, CA State University-Long Beach. He is on faculty at the Colburn School, where he teaches, conducts choirs, and directs community engagement programs. Leeav is the founder of Urban Voices Project, a music outreach program with homeless adults in Skid Row. He co-founded LA’s only Jewish Youth Orchestra and the composer of the original score for "Man Covets Birds" at LA’s 24th Street Theater.

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Ellen Speert

Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT, is director of the CA Center for Creative Renewal, which specializes in creativity, women’s issues, loss, and spirituality. She is past president of the San Diego Art Therapy Assn and active with the AATA, as well as the IEATA. Ellen has conducted workshops internationally, and published professional journal articles. She has designed and directed postgraduate art therapy programs at UCSD and National University, and provides training and supervision to therapists worldwide.

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Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp

Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and registered drama therapist. She works with heterosexual and LGBTQ adults of diverse ages and ethnicities and couples. Jennifer facilitates "Transform Your Life Script" drama therapy groups and "Embracing your Sexual Self" workshops. She has a master’s in drama therapy from CIIS and certificate in sex therapy from the Univ. of Michigan. Jennifer has trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She is the current president of the SoCal Chapter of the NADTA.

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Sally Sugatt
Sarah (Sally) Sugatt, MSW/MPA, LiCSW, CST-T, is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She is a certified sandplay therapist and teacher (since 2002) in the tradition of Kalffian sandplay by Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Sally has served on the Board of Trustees of STA and is currently the President. She has written several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and has taught both nationally and internationally. Sally has a private psychotherapy practice in Exeter, New Hampshire.
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Fred Sugerman
Fred Sugerman is a movement artist and educator, explorer of space between the healing and performing arts. The founder of Medicine Dance, his work is informed by mindfulness, traditional theater and dance, and a motorcycle mishap that almost cost a leg. Fred is co-creator and interventionist for Mindful Movement for Breast Cancer Survivors, which has been the subject of research sponsored through the City of Hope, as well as the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence St. John’s Health Center. He runs classes, workshops, movement arts laboratories, facilitator trainings, and international immersions/retreats, in Los Angeles.
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Robin Sukhadia
Robin Sukhadia is a disciple of tabla maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. In 2011, he completed a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship in India, where he developed 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of south Asia. Robin currently serves as an Advancement Officer for The Colburn School, considered among the world's foremost institutions for music education. Robin holds an MFA in Indian Classical Music from the California Institute of the Arts.
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Leslie Teyssier

Leslie Teyssier, CHTP, JTTS, an expressive arts facilitator, a mixed media artist, writer, and healer. Certified in Kay Adams’ Journal to the Self, and a certified Healing Touch practitioner, she offers a holistic model that combines heart-centered healing with a mind-body-spirit approach. Trained as an art medicine woman, Leslie provides Healing Touch work and Journaling workshops in healthcare settings, retreat centers, women's groups, veterans groups, churches, and to individuals.

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Kate Thompson

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.

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Anna Timm-Bottos

Anna Timm-Bottos, MA, is an art educator, social entrepreneur, and founder of Concordia University Centre for Creative Reuse, which responds to the university’s plan to build community around zero-waste goals. The Centre collects usable materials from the university waste stream and makes them freely available to students, faculty, staff, and the greater public, reducing Concordia’s environmental footprint.

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Janis Timm-Bottos

Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC, PT, is founder/director of the Art Hives Initiative. She promotes arts-based social inclusion through the development of neighborhood and institutional spaces of mutual care for all ages, along with specialized studios for groups requiring more support to regain their footing in society. Janis is an assoc. professor in creative arts therapy at Concordia Univ. and serves as the director of the art therapy program. She has collaboratively developed six studios that now serve as models for a growing network of Art Hives. www.arthives.org

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Shelly Tochluk

Shelly Tochluk, PhD, an educator, with a background in psychology, spent 10 years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. She is a professor at Mt. Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. Shelly is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice. She works with the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles, where she co-produces a four-day summer institute that leads people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race.

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Rene Torres

Rene Torres, MT-BC, has been a part of PCDA’s Creative Arts Department since 2015. He has a background in jazz guitar performance, and received his bachelor’s in music therapy from California State University, Northridge.

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Tammi Van Hollander

Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy. and an international speaker and play advocate. Tammi specializes in sand tray play therapy, sensory integration, and attachment, working with children, families, and adults of all ages. She is trained in EMDR Level 1 and is a Nurtured Heart Approach® certified trainer, where she provides coaching to parents, teachers and other professionals.

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Julia Vishnepolsky

Julia Vishnepolsky, MA, R-DMT, LMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in integrating somatic and expressive arts therapy to address biopsychosocial and chronic health concerns. Julia has developed and implemented uniquely integrated somatic and expressive arts curriculums for multiple treatment settings, including therapeutic elementary schools, day treatment, skilled nursing facilities, community mental health clinics, intensive outpatient programs, and residential treatment facilities. Currently, Ms. Vishnepolsky directs the Expressive Arts Therapy department at Passages Addiction Care Center in Malibu, CA and is the founder of Plant Pals, a project designed to reconnect generations with the elderly through nature and the arts.

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Brant Wadsworth

Brant Wadsworth, PhD, RDT, is the executive director of Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center, which provides services to victims of domestic/sexual violence. He is a master trainer in Alba Emoting and has developed Emotional Renaissance or Rocky Mountain Alba Emoting, an application of this method in the creative arts therapies, creating his own approach to body-based emotional experience, expression, awareness, and growth. Brant did his doctoral work in expressive therapies at Lesley and his drama therapy training at Kansas State Univ.

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Jody Wager

Jody Wager, MS, BC-DMT, is the director of expressive therapy at Dominion Hospital. She has been a dance/movement therapist since 1980, after receiving her master’s from Hunter College. Jody maintains a private practice in massage therapy. Her approach is a holistic one that supports integration of the body, mind, and emotions. Jody teaches in the art therapy graduate program at GWU on the topic of the embodied therapist. It is her great honor and privilege to be serving as the president of the American Dance Therapy Association.

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Dan Walsh

Daniel A. Walsh, MS, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist working with incarcerated youth who reside in a limited secure placement facility. He also works with adolescents and adults within inpatient psychiatric settings. Dan recently completed his training at Molloy College and considers his journey of becoming a music therapist a part his evolution as a professional musician. As a music therapist, he is able to implement his experience as a performer, producer, and educator, in order to meet the diverse needs of his clients.

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Giavanni Washington

Giavanni Washington, PhD, MPH, has been completely shaped by the dunun and rhythms of West Africa. She received her doctorate in culture and performance from UCLA. Giavanni has studied sonic traditions and performed worldwide, including: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Senegal, Trinidad, Uganda, and the U.S. She facilitates drum circles because she is dedicated to creating and providing a sonic platform through which people can safely explore and transform their relationship to self.

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Sharon Weil

Sharon Weil is an artist, writer, activist, filmmaker, and somatic educator. She developed The Ageless Body®, which helps people develop fluid strength and "move with change" at any age. Sharon authored ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change and ChangeAbility Playbook: How to Navigate Your Own Change. She hosts the podcast "Passing 4 Normal," where she discusses strategies for inspiring change. Sharon is also a contributing editor to LVBX magazine. www.sharonweilauthor.com

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Topaz Weis

Topaz Weis is an expressive arts facilitator, lecturer, dancer, and artist. She is the founder of Expressive Arts Burlington in VT. Topaz’ work is informed by many years of study in dance, theatre, trans-cultural mythology, and multi-modal expressive arts. She inspires people to expand beyond perceived limitations, find a deeper meaning in life, explore their imaginations, and rediscover their creative spark. Her motto: "Have temple, will travel." www.expressiveartsburlington.com

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Nancy Weiss

Nancy Weiss, BCD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and SoulCollage® and MeCards4Kids® facilitator. Her work blends Jungian depth psychology, dream work, and the creative arts. Nancy collaboratively developed MeCards4Kids™, an adaptation of the SoulCollage® process of collage and journaling. She is co-author of How to Make MeCards4Kids™: Creative Expression for Children and the Grown-Ups in their Lives.

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Becky Wellman

Becky Wellman, PhD, MT-BC, LPMT, is a board-certified and licensed music therapist. She holds degree from Hiram College, Ohio University, and Capella University. With over 20 years of experience, Becky is currently the music therapist at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, working with older adults facing neuro-degenerative disorders. She is an online adjunct instructor of human services at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana specializing in gerontology.

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Ebony Williams

Ebony Williams, MFA, MA, is a Guyanese American queer black interdisciplinary artist and writer. 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 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 program that works with trauma. Ebony has a certificate in social emotional arts through UCLArts & Healing and a master's in MFT.

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Linney Wix

Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC, is a professor emerita of art education and art therapy, Univ. of New Mexico. She teaches bookmaking, image and imagination, and classes on the art and teaching of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Her book, Through a Narrow Window: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her Terezín Students, discusses Dicker-Brandeis’s approach to teaching art as it is based in aesthetic empathy. Linney recently returned from the Czech Republic, where she was a Fulbright research scholar.

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Suelen Yancor

Suelen Yancor, LCSW, is the manager of impact and development at the Social and Emotional Wellness Initiative. She has a master's in clinical social work from Boston College. Suelen was a social work fellow at the Cambridge Health Alliance's Victims of Violence program. Her work focuses on Solution Focused Therapy. Suelen has been working with English- and Spanish-speaking families, children, and adults, providing counseling services to aid with crisis stabilization and trauma focused care.

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Genia Young

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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Sarah Young-Sheppard

Sarah Young-Sheppard, MSW, worked for an international children's rights organization as a leadership facilitator and outreach manager. Sarah spoke to over 60,000 youth, empowering them to make a difference in their local and global communities. She received her master's in social work from the USC. Sarah founded the Social Emotional Wellness Initiative, and served as the senior director of program and operations of a local club in the Los Angeles area. Sarah has presented at many conferences on the importance of social and emotional wellness.

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Elizabeth Youngs
Elizabeth Youngs, MA, ATR-BC, works as a creative arts therapist on three inpatient psychiatry units at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. She facilitates groups and individual sessions for adolescents living in their residential unit part-time. Elizabeth is one of the founding members and part of the clinical team for Arts Unchained, a sub-committee of FNE International, an organization that collaboratively develops and implements creative arts therapy experiences for communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. She is the sites logistical coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC.
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Chantel Zimmerman

Chantel Zimmerman, founder of Art and Soul Lab, is a Veriditas-trained and certified Labyrinth facilitator with eight years' experience leading various populations through Labyrinth encounters. She is the recipient of a yearlong Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs grant to introduce the labyrinth to veterans and staff. As a spiritual director, SoulCollage® facilitator trainer, ARTBundance coach, and Reiki master/teacher, Chantel integrates spiritual experiences with expressive arts and healing to provide transformative opportunities to her clients.

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