Meet Our Presenters!
IEATA is honored to welcome a powerful line-up of multimodal presenters for our upcoming 2019 conference. The list is in alphabetical order by first name.
Alan Seigel, MD; Suraya Keating; Adrian Orozco Blair, Associate MFT
Workshop Title: Cultivating a House of Healing: Expressive Arts Therapy in Hospitals and Clinics
Bio: Suraya Keating is Clinical Supervisor for Art of Health and Healing Program (AHH) at Contra Costa Health Services. Adrian Orozco Blair is an Associate MFT, integrating EXT, Somatics, & Drama Therapy. Alan Siegel, MD is a Family Physician who founded and leads AHH. With CIIS, he started the EXT Training Program.
Ally Guida Smith, LMFT, DMTdip, CYT
Workshop Title: Trauma-informed Expressive Arts with Migrant Communities: Stories from Greece & Thailand
Bio: Ali Guida Smith is Founder and Director of HAPPI, Healing Arts Peace Projects International, a 501c3 serving vulnerable communities internationally She maintains a bilingual (Spanish) somatic/expressive arts-rooted private practice focusing on treating trauma and is Clinical Supervisor for the Youth Empowerment Services Program at East Bay Agency for Children.
Aleck Kwong Man Kit, Ph.D. and Huang Yu-Te, Ph.D.
Workshop Title: Empowering LGB Community through Arts at Individual, Group and Community Levels
Bio: KWONG Man-Kit, Aleck is an expressive arts therapist graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). HUANG Yu-Te, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at HKU’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration. Both have extensive experience in the field of minorities including LGBT, people living with HIV/AIDS, and ethnic minorities.
Alice Palen, LPC
Workshop Title: Promoting Resilience in Rural Native Communities Using Positive Art therapy
Bio: Alice Palen specializes in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association in Anchorage, Alaska. She strongly believes in the power of art in healing and has used it with victims of domestic violence, youth in foster care, and individuals in substance use treatment.
Alison Wren, MSc Art Therapy
Workshop Title: Under the Skin: Art and Dance/Movement therapies with LGBTQIA+ clients.
Bio: Alison Wren is a Scottish based art psychotherapist with over 10 years experience of working with a range of marginalised populations. In addition to currently working in private practice, she designs and delivers an award-winning mental health project for LGBTQ+ people for a non-profit organisation.
Amy Swart, MFT, RYT; Amber Field
Workshop Title: Grief Medicine: Yoga, Creative Expression, and Sound for Transformation
Bio: Amy Hyun Swart is a psychotherapist, yoga & meditation teacher and artist and has been counseling the bereaved since 2012. Learn more at http://www.amyswart.com. Amber Field is a Tamalpa Associate Teacher of Expressive Arts and musician who has performed and taught at SF Jazz, Hollyhock, Esalen, and more. http://www.amberfieldmusic.com.
Anahat Singh, M.Sc.
Workshop Title: Creating Safety and Healing through the Arts
Bio: Anahat Singh, a training psychologist, has studied and worked in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. An experienced professional dancer, she tries to combine her passion for expressive arts with psychology to help people express themselves in an environment of fun, love, and learning.
Angelica Pinna-Perez, Ph.D., LCAT, LICSW, REAT, RDT
Workshop Title: Centering Testimonios and Decolonizing the Imagination
Bio: Angélica Pinna-Perez is a core faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences in the Expressive Therapies Division. She has worked as an actor/creator, therapist, and social action activist. She has worked artistically, clinically and in advocacy with an interest in transnational/transcultural and social justice expressive arts-based work in the context of globalization. She identifies as a scholar-activist-artist and is committed to exploring how the study of racialized social structures can be practically relevant and foster clinical individual and social transformation using the expressive arts. She is the first author of Sleep of Reason: Critical reflections on performance arts-based research as psycho-social commentary in expressive arts therapy praxis for the “Creative Representations of Qualitative Research” Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology [In press, Spring 2018]. She also has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Anin Utigaard, MFT, REAT
Workshop Title: Building Bridges: Embracing Differences using the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Approach
Bio: Nina “Anin” Utigaard, MFT, REAT has used EXA for 25+ years in her private practice with individuals and groups of all ages, and cultures. She is co-founder/board member of IEATA and has taught with several universities, including Natalie Rogers’ Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute. She truly believes the arts can transform the world.
April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT
Workshop Title: Using Play Therapy to Disrupt the Preschool to Prison Pipeline
Bio: April Duncan, MSW, LCSW, RPT, obtained her BA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and MSW from Saint Louis University. Currently, Ms. Duncan provides play therapy in Missouri and Illinois through her private practice and is the co-owner and co-founder of St. Louis Play Therapy Institute.
Arianna Wheat, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Workshop Title: FAT GIRLS WANTED!
Bio: Arianna Wheat is a Drama Therapist specializing in therapy with a Performative Frame. She combines the healing capacity of theatre, play, and performance with mindfulness-based psychotherapy practices. Through performance, we witness and are witnessed in our power. We shed, we connect to our resiliency, and we create a new story.
Bess Eiermann, R-DMT, CAGS, Ph.D. (c)
Workshop Title: Using Improvisational Tools to Enhance Inclusivity
Bio: Bess Eiermann, R-DMT, is a CAGS recipient and Ph.D. candidate with the European Graduate School. Her focus is on improvisation as a tool for social change. She is a member of the Applied Improvisational Network, a global community that promotes improv as a method for collaboration, confidence, and creativity.
Bonnie Bernstein, MFT, BC-DMT, REAT
Workshop Title: Dance Activism: Empowerment-Focused Expression For Trauma Recovery
Bio: Bonnie Bernstein, MFT, BC-DMT, REAT specializes in Dance/Movement Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy for trauma recovery. Since 2008 she facilitates month-long workshops for survivors of social trauma and sex trafficking in India. She researches therapeutic world dance, teaches at JFK University, directs a DMT Training Institute and has a private practice in Palo Alto, California.
Butterfly Williams, MFA, PhDc.
Workshop Title: Survival Kit: An Expressive Arts Process for Personal and Social Alchemy
Bio: Butterfly Williams is the lead singer and lyricist for OLOKUN, a psychedelic power pop band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, specializing in Creativity Studies and Transformative Social Change, at Saybrook University.
Catherine Marrion, Expressive Arts Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist, MFA in Theatre Performance, Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy
Workshop Title: Giving Voice: Finding the Visceral Power of Embodied Words
Bio: Catherine Marrion is an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the Create Institute, and a Masters EXAT will soon be added to her MFA in Theatre Performance. Catherine’s commitment to embodiment through all arts modalities is well supported by her somatic studies and extensive theatre experience, including 25 years teaching voice and movement in a conservatory theatre training program with a very diverse student body and a focus on devised work. Catherine teaches units in expressive arts in various programs in Toronto and has presented at CATA and IEATA conferences.
Cherith Pedersen, MA Expressive therapies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Workshop Title: Screaming from the Womb: Embodied Approach to Intimate Partner Violence
Bio: Cherith Pedersen uses Expressive Arts as her platform for multi-hyphenation. She is a writer-entrepreneur-artist-activist-therapist-facilitator. Cherith seeks out opportunities to playfully explore these themes. She is an experienced anger (laughter) management coach for teens, community youth trainer, family therapist, second language improv teacher, anti-violence coach, columnist and most importantly a mother.
Christina Hampton, MA, LMHC
Workshop Title: Transcending Burdens: Holding Compassion for the Pain of Our Ancestors
Bio: Christina Hampton is an expressive therapist practicing in Boston, Massachusetts and an adjunct professor at Lesley University. She has experience working in several countries, including Ukraine, Jamaica, Rwanda, Peru, and the United Kingdom.
Christine Isherwood, MA, VMTR
Workshop Title: Voice Movement Therapy: Voices of Strength and Resistance
Bio: Christine Isherwood, M.A., VMT-R, is director of the Voice Movement Therapy training and has taught trainings in Europe, USA, and China. She works with individual clients, teaches workshops internationally, and supervises students and practitioners. She has extensive experience working with homeless people, mental health communities, and LGBTQI communities. Christine is adjunct faculty at CREATE Institute, Canada, and has lectured and taught at LIPA, UK; WAAPA, Australia; and Apollo Institute, Beijing.
Clancy Williams, MA Drama Psychotherapist, Art Psychotherapist and Artist
Workshop Title: Applying African-centered Ritual-Practices of the Visual and Dramatic Art Forms for Practitioners of Colour
Bios: Clancy Williams is a registered African Centred Ritual Drama Psychotherapy clinical practitioner. She works within a number of settings with various client groups During the past 10 years Clancy has written and performed a series of ‘One Woman plays’ that explore various issues relating to women and society. Her debut performance ‘Daughters Arise’ was well received by the African Caribbean community. This complex monologue looked at the African woman’s history, pre-enslavement, during enslavement and post-enslavement. This was followed by her performance of ‘Ancestors Arise’ that looked at the importance of Ancestors in the lives of those from African descent. This specific piece of work was commissioned to launch a formal request to the British government to establish a day recognising their part in the African Holocaust.
Craig Garfinkel, Ph.D.
Workshop Title: I Love/Hate You!—Unpacking our Ambivalence towards America
Bio: Craig Garfinkel, Ph.D., is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, educator, and musician. Craig directs the Integrative Therapy Training Program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and Creative Health Services, providing counseling in Bay Area after-school programs. He teaches in the Community Mental Health department at CIIS.
Darlene Masse Wurster, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist Social Worker, BSW, RSW, Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate and Dale Costanzo, Expressive Arts Therapist and Visual Artist
Workshop Title: The Emergence of Hope—Expressive Arts and Women in Addiction
Bios: Darlene Masse Wurster and Dale Costanzo are Expressive Arts Therapists that identify as evolving in a discipline that is taking on revolutionary momentum and recognition.
Darlene is a Registered Social Worker who facilitates expressive arts therapy for clients at a drop-in center for marginalized women who experience issues with mental health, addictions, poverty, and homelessness. She also provides expressive arts therapy for a housing first program and a program for women exiting the sex trade.
Dale worked as a graphic designer for over 25 years. She went back to school to follow her passion—helping people learn to grow and enrich themselves through creative self-exploration. Dale is working as an Expressive Arts Therapist at a residential treatment center for women in recovery and a residential care facility for seniors.
Deborah Sharpe, MA, ATR-BC and Jennifer Clay, LMFT, MA
Workshop Title: Creating “Peace Houses” to Imagine and Build Community
Bios: Jennifer Clay, LMFT, MA in art therapy. As a Choctaw tribal member, her focus is on American Indian/Hawaiian families with historical/transgenerational trauma and cultural resiliency. Deborah Sharpe, MA, ATR-BC, has 26 years of art therapy experience that includes adults with chronic mental illness, trauma survivors, and teens.
Dominic T. Paguio, RN, Ph.D (c)
Workshop Title: Going Beyond the Personal: The Expressive Arts and Autism
Bio: Dominic Paguio is a psychiatric nurse and a special education specialist. He works with people with disabilities, mostly autism, helping them in transitioning into independent living. He also works with indigent Filipino children and focuses on helping them develop resilience from various environmental adversities. He has a masters in special education and currently finishing his doctoral studies in Educational Psychology. He is trained in Focusing Oriented Expressive Art Therapy.
Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT
Workshop Title: Rise Up for the Earth: Eco-Art Therapy and Activism
Bio: Ellen Speert ATR-BC, REAT, directs the California Center for Creative Renewal, a therapeutic retreat center specializing in creativity, women’s issues, loss and spirituality since 1981. She is past president of the San Diego Art Therapy Association and active with the AATA and IEATA, presenting in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Ellen Yang, BFA.ED & MA
Workshop Title: Languages of Autism
Bio: Ellen, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (RETA) and Registered Therapeutic Counselor (RTC, MTC) specialized in autism, disabilities, and diagnoses. Her focus is on helping people improve their lives and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. She has over 20 years of experience in the education and therapeutic arts field. http://www.therapythrougharts.com.
Ezgi Icoz Ozgur, Expressive Arts Therapist and Guvenc Ozgur, Photographer and Filmmaker
Workshop Title: Prayer for Peace Beyond Borders: Sema, Sacred Dance of Sufism
Bio: Ezgi Icoz Ozgur is an Expressive Arts Therapist, graduated from CIIS, currently living on a farm in a small village in southern Turkey with her son and partner. Ezgi has been leading Expressive Arts groups and retreats for kids and adults in nature. She is interested in creating international eco-spiritual communities. http://www.ezgiicoz.com
Guvenc Ozgur studied Maritime Engineering and Psychology. His passion for photography, traveling, and social transformation led him to direct his focus on visual arts. He is a photographer, director, and documentary filmmaker. He currently lives in a collective in a rural area in Turkey with his wife and son. http://www.guvencozgur.com
Gayoung Lee, M.A., ATR and Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC
Workshop Title: International Multicultural and Social Justice Art Therapy for LGBTQ+ Clients
Bios: Gayoung Lee, M.A., ATR is an art therapist working with LGBTQ+ clients in Seoul, South Korea, and a doctoral candidate researching multicultural and social justice competence of Korean art therapists.
Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC is an Art Therapist in Private Practice in Seattle, WA serving LGBTQ+ clients. She has worked in the community for 25 years
Gloria A. Chance, Ph.D. and Daniel Castillo, Creative Arts Director, Filmmaker, Life Coach
Workshop Title: A Walk in My Shoes: From Marginalization to Hope: Reimagining Race and Gender Oppression
Bio: Dr. Gloria A. Chance is an Imaginist, Psychologist and Founder, inspiring mindset shifts through combining experiential, creative arts techniques to solve problems. Mr. Daniel Castillo is a Creative Arts/Youth Empowerment Programs Director at the Social Justice Learning Institute creating programs that utilize art as a medium to create change.
Gloria Mahin, LPC, REAT, CAADC
Workshop Title: Culture Therapy: Creative Collaboration for Envisioning Diagnosis and Change
Bio: Gloria Mahin, LPC, REAT, CAADC, is a multicultural expressive arts therapist providing community outpatient services through West Virginia University Behavioral Medicine. Her twenty-year exploration of ecocentric movement is aimed at promoting cultural values of empathy and justice. She recently presented her work at the International Ecospsychology Conference in 2017. http://www.expressivetherapist.com
Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, RPsy, CSCLP
Workshop Title: Arts for Psychosocial-Transformation among Children in Conflict with the Law in the Philippines
Bio: Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista is a licensed and certified Clinical Psychologist in the Philippines. She is noted for her practice and researches in community-based Clinical Psychology and arts-based interventions. She is completing her certificate course on Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy under Dr. Laury Rappaport at the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute.
Harriet Tubman Wright, MS, MA, Soul’s Calling Activist, Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator, Metaphysician
Workshop Title: Healing Depression through Story-Telling: A Black Woman’s Journey to Freedom
Bio: Harriet Tubman Wright, MS, MA is an accomplished Coach, Speaker/Story-Teller, Published Author/Poet, Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator, Change Agent and Metaphysician. As Director of The Wright Resort, she helps mature women fulfill their Soul’s Calling, step into their power and prosper doing what they most love to help transform the world. Learn More:http://www.thewrightresort.com
Helena Ma, MA, Art Therapist
Workshop Title: An Art-based Culturally Responsive Research: A Participatory Art Installation
Bio: Helena Ma is an Art Therapist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an expressive therapies doctoral student researcher and a community-based installation artist. She is actively involved in art-based and anti-oppressed research, has presented internationally on the topics of culturally responsive care, art therapy and de-stigmatization of mental illness.
JFK University (Inclusion Sponsor)
Jacob Kaminker, PhD, REAT; Lauren Hammond and Jessica Louie, MFT Trainees
Workshop Title: Engaging the Introjected “Other” Through Imagination and Multimodal Expressive Arts
Bio: Originally from Hong Kong, Jessica Louie offers trauma-informed art psychotherapy to LGBTQ+ clients in Berkeley, CA. They work with clients’ intersecting identities and bi / multi-cultural challenges.
Lauren Hammond is in her final year at JFK University studying Expressive Arts Psychotherapy. She is a reiki master/ teacher, certified yoga instructor and dancer. She has worked with families and children for the past eight years in a variety of areas in mental health including shelters, prisons and group homes.
Jacob Kaminker, PhD, REAT is Associate Professor and Program Director for the Depth –Transpersonal Psychotherapy Specialization and Expressive Arts Therapy Programs at JFK University. He sees clients in Berkeley, CA as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice (PSY 26445). He has served on board of IEATA.
Janet Rasmussen, Ph.D., IEATA Co-Chair
Workshop Title: As Within, So Without: Exploring Inner Inclusion and It’s Effects on World Inclusion
Bio: Janet Rasmussen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and utilizes breath work, expressive arts, and meditation in her in practice in Eagan, Minnesota. She specializes in working with individuals to uncover suppressed emotions, self-silencing, spirituality, and personal transformation. Her passion is to support individuals in their inner pursuit in order to promote global healing.
Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT and Michael Watson, MA,PhD, LCHMC
Workshop Title: Exploring Multiple Selves: Finding Resiliency in the Face of Adversity
Bio: Michael Watson, M.A., Ph.D., LCMHC, is an interdisciplinary artist, clinician/educator, and disabled person (Polio) of complex Native American and European Heritage. Michael grew up in a family that identified as Native and passed as European, and has no tribal affiliation. Several of his teachers are/were shaman. Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT is an expressive arts therapist, Playback Theatre trainer, Reiki Master and international trainer in clinical and nonclinical programs. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jennie’s worldview has a deep sense of “The Other” and uses Expressive arts therapy and energy work with trauma survivors exploring the intersection of Spirit, ability, survivance, and resilience.
Joan Stanford, MA, ATR-BC, and Marilyn Hagar, MA, REAT
Workshop Title: Embracing the Wise, Willful, Wolfish Crone: Completing the Circle
Bios: Joan Stanford, MA, ATR-BC has worked with kids and seniors and now offers playshops and creativity retreats at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino. Her book, The Art of Play (2016), invites others to discover and express their creativity for insight healing and joy. She has presented nationally and internationally. Marilyn Hagar, MA, REAT owns FOR THE JOY OF IT! A Personal Creative Retreat in Mendocino, CA. A working expressive arts therapist since 1987, her current focus is in dream work and creative aging. Her book, Finding the Wild Inside will be released in the Fall of 2019.
Karen Caldwell, Ph.D., Marianne Adams, Katrina Plato, Melia Snyder, Heather Thorp, Joan Woodworth
Workshop Title: Standing to: The R/Evolution of Rest/Oration
Bio: All presenters are associated with the Expressive Arts Program at Appalachian State University: Marianne Adams, Department of Theatre and Dance; Karen Caldwell and Melia Snyder, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling; Katrina Plato, Department of Art; and Heather Thorp, Department of Social Work. Joan Woodworth is faculty emerita.
Karen Estrella, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT
Workshop Title: Mestiza consciousness informing expressive arts therapy: Practicing in the “wild zone”
Bio: Karen Estrella, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, Coordinator of the Expressive Arts Therapy specialization track at Lesley University, has focused on developing competencies and clinical casework in expressive arts therapy, developing theory, and multicultural issues in practice and supervision.
Karen Rice, Ph.D., LSW, ACSW
Workshop Title: Engaging Youth in Social Activism Utilizing Expressive Arts
Bio: Dr. Karen Rice is a professor of social work. Utilizing a social justice and human rights framework, as well as the use of expressive arts, her research and practice centers on ways to enhance individuals’ (youth, students, adults) levels of compassion, advocacy, and dialogue across and within various social groups.
Karen Stevenson, MA, PMATC
Workshop Title: An Intermodal Life: Creativity in Addiction Recovery
Karen’s early journey towards wellness from addiction & LGBTQ+ identity struggles were all rooted in some creative process. Living in Edmonton, Canada she is a grandmother, musician, professional art therapist/expressive arts practitioner and supports groups and individuals through her practice Sustaining Wonder Creative Arts and Wellness.
Expressive Arts Florida (Diversity Sponsor) – Kathleen Horne, Tamara Teeter Knapp, Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, Susan Johnson, Meredith Malkin, Betsy Funk, Theresa Benson, Topaz Weis, Narkiss Sternberg, Brandy Schafer, Patricia Manning
Workshop Title: What Can I Do? Cultivating Intentional Inclusivity
Bio: Kathleen Horne, Tamara Teeter Knapp, and Victoria Domenichello-Anderson are co-founders of Expressive Arts Florida Institute. Susan Johnson, Meredith Malkin, Betsy Funk, Theresa Benson, Topaz Weis, Narkiss Sternberg, Brandy Schafer, Patricia Manning are either graduates or students. We are therapists, educators, nurse, a psychologist, business owners, artists, REATs and REACEs. This inclusive, collaborative presentation embraces our diversity and equality.
Kiona Medina, Expressive Arts Therapist Associate; Nicki Koethner, Ellie Lota
Workshop Title: Hand me Downs: Gifts of Transformation
Bios: Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Multi-media Artist, Somatic Expressive Arts Psychotherapist and Educator and priestess who specializes in transforming trauma into empowerment. She has a private practice in Berkeley. She is adjunct faculty at Sofia University, CIIS and JFK University, supervisor at Art of Health and Healing at CCRMC and affiliated with Terra’s Temple and the Center for Living Wisdom. http://www.express-explore-expand.com
Ellie Lotan, MA, AMFT is an Expressive Arts Therapist practicing at Blue Oak Therapy Center in Berkeley. As a long-time Jewish community organizer, group facilitator, activist, and ritualist, Ellie is passionate about working towards healing collective and ancestral trauma by weaving tools from earth-based spiritual practice, guided imagery, somatic experiencing, and the arts. http://www.ellielotan.com
Kiona Medina is an Expressive Arts Therapist and facilitator born in Colombia and currently working with families in Richmond, California. She is a mix-media artist and community organizer passionate about multimodal use of the arts, play and spirituality to create connection, personal and social change.
Kristin Slye and Emma Burrows, 3rd Year Graduate Students of Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy (CIIS)
Workshop Title: It’s Human Nature: The Natural World, Social Justice, and EXA
Bio: Kristin Slye and Emma Burrows are third year graduate students of Counseling Psychology: EXA at CIIS and lifelong lovers of nature. Emma is completing her practicum at Holden High School and Kristin is with Bay Area Community Resources. Both are school site therapists who infuse nature into their counseling work.
Krystal Demaine, PhD, MT-BC, REAT, RYT and Patricia Rojas-Zambrano, MA, MFT
Workshop Title: Listening to What Rises: Assemblage, Narrative, and Process
Bio: Krystal Demaine, PhD, REAT, RYT, MT-BC is Associate Professor at Endicott College in Beverly MA and adjunct Faculty at Lesley University and Salem State University. She lives in Beverly, MA with her son Ezra and their dog Sage. Patricia Rojas-Zambrano, MA, MFT, CIIS Adjunct Faculty, and artist, has over twenty years of experience in the arts and community mental health field. Today, she has and expressive arts private practice and is Program Director at DHTI and also directing the Wellness in Action program at Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI). Her love of alternative book making and art journaling as a practice led her to found Art Journaling Workshops.
Laura Pinney, C.E.A.P.
Workshop Title: Thresholds of Connection: Creating a Culture of Belonging
Bio: Laura Pinney has worked with communities, groups, schools and individuals across North America bringing connective practices to community systems, awareness and healing to cultural trauma. Laura’s work has given her a unique experience and understanding of the wounding of culture and what it means to live a powerful, connected life.
Laura Sanchez Garcia, MA, Expressive Arts Researcher, Flamenco Dance Educator
Workshop Title: Expressive Flamenco ©: Connect with your inner “duende”, your authentic self.
Bio: Born in Spain, Laura Sánchez is a flamenco educator and dance-entrepreneur studying at Lesley University where she is developing her unique theory and approach of Expressive Flamenco by conducting auto-ethnographic expressive arts-based research. Her preliminary paper was presented at the NE ADTA conference and at the Lesley COS Day in 2018.
Lillian Obonyo, RN, LPC, Country Director, Harambee Arts Kenya and Gloria Simoneaux, MA, EXA, REAT
Workshop Title: Restoring Dignity and Healing Trauma with Women and Children in Kenya
Bio: Lillian Obonyo, nurse, child therapist, and addiction professional with vast experience in counseling psychotherapy. She is Country Director of Harambee Arts Kenya, overseeing and supervising three sites; Langata Women’s’ Prison psychosocial support group for women living with HIV, Mathare school for special needs children and Kibera slum program.
Lissa Masters, Ph.D., ATR
Workshop Title: Expressive Arts with Special Needs Adults/Self-Expression and Independent Living Skills
Bio: Lissa Alayaah Masters, Ph.D., ATR has spent more than twenty years teaching art to youth and adults. She currently is working at an arts-based school day program for special needs adults. Dr. Masters is also expanding her holistic life counseling practice with her training in art therapy and as an expressive arts facilitator. Author of: A Professional’s Guide to Promoting Self-Discovery in Youth/A Creative-Based Curriculum, Charles. C. Thomas Publishers, 2017. For more information, http://www.lissamasters.com
Lorrie Gallant, REAT, Artist, Storyteller, Author, Illustrator
Workshop Title: The Power of the Indigenous Woman in Truth and Reconciliation
Bio: Lorrie Gallant is an Expressive Arts Practitioner, visual artist, storyteller, writer, singer, and songwriter from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Lorrie’s written and illustrated a series of children’s books. Lorrie’s the Museum Education Coordinator for Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford Ontario, located at the first Indian Residential School in Canada. Here she creates art-based presentations on First Nation issues. As the granddaughter of a residential school survivor Lorrie is devoted to her journey of healing and motivation to inspire reconciliation.
Lynesha Monet Kately, MA AMFT; Tayyibah Chase, MA AMFT; Yvonne Hendricks, MA AMFT
Workshop Title: Sister Circles: Cultivating Creative Spaces for Women of Color
Bio: Tayyibah Chase is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, currently working for Seneca Family of Agencies as a clinical intervention specialist at Verde Elementary. She works with children and families to provide creative and holistic mental health care. She received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2017. She volunteers weekly as a co-facilitator for the KID C.A.T. (Kids Creating Awareness Together) program at San Quentin State Prison, a social-emotional learning group for men who were given life sentences as juveniles. Tayyibah is dedicated to working creatively with and for communities of color. Tayyibah also has an undergraduate degree in paint and continues a personal art practice as a painter. Her lifelong goal is to live an abundant life full of joy, creativity, and peace.
Yvonne Lynn Hendricks, MA AMFT from California Institute of Integral Studies. She studied Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy. Yvonne is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Marina Counseling Center where she works with individuals, children, and families. As well as a behavioral therapist doing early intervention with children on the Autism Spectrum. Her theoretical orientation uses NTU psychology with a combination of indigenous ritual and expressive arts interventions (dance, art, and drama), with a collective framework. Yvonne believes that working as a collective will bring healing and prosperity.
Lynesha Monet Kately, MA AMFT is dedicated to serving the community. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is the proud recipient of the 2016-2017 MFT Consortium of California award, which is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Lynesha has worked extensively with children, youth and families throughout the Bay Area and Chicago with agencies such as Teen Living Programs, Larkin Street Youth Services, Westcoast Children’s Clinic, and Glide Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC). She is currently a Classroom Therapist, where she uses her quirkiness, sense of humor and expressive arts therapy background to connect with her middle school clients. Lynesha also serves as the Community Outreach Assistant for the Community-Based Models for Black Mental Health: Black Psychology as a Professional Gateway Project, which is funded by the California Statewide Office of Health Planning Development.
Marilyn Sagna, MA
Workshop Title: Expressive Arts and Social Action, Berkeley Shoreline Outdoor Walking Adventure
Bio: Marilyn Sagna holds a B.A. in Biology from Antioch College and an M.A. in Movement Arts from The Ohio State University. She is a Tamalpa Institute Teacher Training graduate and is also credentialed in California to teach Life Science, Math, and Dance. Currently, she serves as the Berkeley representative on the Alameda County, Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), Steering Committee.
Maryam Mermey, MA, MED, Ph.D., REAT
Workshop Title: Transforming the Bullying Cycle Through the Expressive Arts
Bio: Dr. Maryam Mermey, REAT, works internationally bringing light to the wounds of trauma with youth and adults from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Her award-winning Transforming the Bullying Cycle through the Expressive Arts model, book and DVD are offered worldwide with at-risk youth, families, adults and helping professionals.
Maude Davis, Ph.D. (c)
Workshop Title: Subversive Expressive Arts: Using Carnival to Overthrow Cultural Shadows
Bio: Maude is a Diploma Candidate at the Jung Institute. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Expressive Art Therapy at European Graduate School. Her lifelong passion has been to explore the intimate relationship between the creative process, symbol formation, and the psyche’s transcendent function. She developed Psyche’s Cabaret, a Jungian approach to Autobiographic Therapeutic Performance.
Melissa Michaels, Ed.D.
Workshop Title: Creative Liberation: Birthing Embodied Global Leaders
Bios: Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., guides individuals and communities through major life transitions. She creates movement centered rites of passage processes that link somatics, human development, and peace-building. Her book, Youth On Fire, describes this work in diverse settings ranging from inner city schools to colleges, from refugee settlements to the United Nations.
Angus Maria Moore is an applied theater facilitator with a voracious passion for holistic justice. They believe that in order for change to last and develop in truly transformative ways it must be addressed from all perspectives: from the personal, interpersonal, and spiritual to the cultural, systemic, and political. Using the specific tools of theater and dance Angus brings people together in creative spaces for individual expression and collective action. Of deep personal and professional interest to Angus is creating rite-of-passage experiences for queer and trans youth, middlers, and elders. Angus received their bachelor’s degree in “Decolonization through Theater” from Pitzer College and is now pursuing their master’s in Drama Therapy at CIIS in San Francisco.
Michelle Napoli, DAT, ATR-BC, REAT, LMHC
Workshop Title: Ma Tallepo ‘Opu Ma ‘Akkala Kennetto: Arts-Based Indigenous Methodology
Bio: Michelle Napoli, ATR-BC, LMHC, DAT has been teaching about trauma-sensitive approaches to arts-based practices for over 12 years. She is an artist and Tribal member of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California. She is exploring how to integrate arts-based Indigenous methodology into all aspects of her clinical and community work and teaching.
Mireya Marcet, MA, MFT
Workshop Title: “Caminando” – Immigrant stories through Altar Creation
Bio: Mireya A. Marcet, MA, MFT, is a Mexican artist living in Oakland, Ca. and offering her work locally and internationally. Her healing practice is informed by her work with “Curanderas” as a social anthropologist; almost three decades of work with expanded states of consciousness and Grof Holotropic Breathwork; as well as the use of the expressive arts therapy, ceremonial altar work and the astrological chart as offerings for soul expression. Mireya strongly believes in the power of sacred, heart-centered, beauty-filled and permission-giving environments to bring about personal, collective and spiritual transformation. For more information go to http://www.almaquecanta.com
Mukti Khanna, Ph.D. and Aisha Harrison, MFA
Workshop Title: Developing Cultural Competence: Interdisciplinary Innovations
Bio: Mukti Khanna, Ph.D. is a person-centered expressive arts therapist and educator. She has worked in diverse community settings with expressive arts therapies to restore culture, health and community resilience. She is a professor in the Division of Sustainability and Social Justice at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Aisha Harrison, MFA is an artist and at educator who has been a resident artist at the Women’s Studio Workshop and Baltimore Clayworks. Her work focuses on the experience of power and privilege. (www.aishaharrison.com). She teaches studio arts at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Noreen Edwards, Ph.D., LCSW, CEAT
Workshop Title: Rising up from Compassion Fatigue to engage the inner muse through Person-Centered Expressive Arts
Bio: Noreen Edwards, Ph.D., LCSW, is a psychologist in clinical practice working with clients committed to their personal, emotional, relational and spiritual growth. Dr. Edwards works with clients of all ages. She offers Person-Centered Expressive Arts as a healing process with her clients.
Workshop Title: Self-care and empowerment through the arts and movement
Bio: Pamela Jiménez Jiménez. Licensed Psychologist. Magister in dance, with an emphasis in Dance Education. ADTA member. Founder member of Vidanza.org. DMT and BMC student and researcher. Academic Professor in the Center of Artistic Research, Education and Extension of the Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica.
Robin Rita Miller, LCAT, ATR-BC, RYT-200
Workshop Title: Art + Asana: Healing from the Inside Out
Bio: Robin is an NY State licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and Yoga teacher (RYT-200). She is passionate about sharing movement, meditation, and creativity with people from all walks of life. She is nationally registered and Board Certified by the American Art Therapy Association (ATR-BC).
Roxana Orellana de Perez
Workshop Title: Behind Closed Doors
Bio: Roxana Orellana de Pérez founded SENDAS 16 years ago by publishing a magazine to help women grow in every area of their lives women. The magazine got to be so successful that she started publishing 5,000 magazines and in less than a year she was publishing 10,000. SENDAS soon started to organize women’s conferences, support groups and one on one counseling. In 2011 Roxana was called to work by USAID with Domestic and Sexual Violence Units that were being created within the Judicial System. SENDAS was providing the psychological and social professionals to assist victims in the forensic unit, the court unit, and Federal District Attorneys offices. This experience gave Roxana the desire to open an integral Center to help women who have been victims of sexual and domestic abuse and their families. Roxana is an artist at heart and also has a passion for serving the most vulnerable like women, adolescents and children who need to get healed, transformed and empowered.
Sasha (Sally) Brucker, MSW, MA, ATR-BC, CAGS
Workshop Title: The Listening Room-Refugee Art Project
Bio: Sally Brucker has been an art therapist, educator, psychotherapist and workshop leader for over 40 years. She holds MA’s in early childhood special education, art therapy, and clinical social work, as well as a CAGS certificate from the European Grad School. She has been a visiting professor at Galludet University, Art Therapy Italiana, Hampshire College, Harmony Institute( St Petersburg, Russia) and Institute for Psychology (Moscow, Russia). She is on the mental health faculty of Montgomery College in Maryland. She is also an exhibiting artist and independent curator. A certified life-cycle celebrant since 2011, Sally specializes in ceremonies across the lifespan and healing ceremonies. Recently she became certified in SoulCollage, which she teaches in her Studio. She lives Washington DC.
Sandra Glajchen, CAGS; Expressive Arts practitioner; MPH; B.Sc.Hons (Occupational Therapy)
Workshop Title: Young Mothers in Rural South Africa Find Their Voice Via the Expressive Arts
Bio: South African working in Rehabilitation, Public Health, and community development. Passionate about the role of multimodal expressive arts in personal development and in the discovery of new possibilities and skills. Strong dedication to a Life/ Art process so that transformational experiential learning transfers to daily living and impacts quality of life.
Shoshana Simons Ph.D, Phil Weglarz, MA, Danielle Drakes, Christine Brooks, CIIS Faculty
Workshop Title: Performing Ourselves: Rooting Expressive Arts Education in Personal-Cultural Narratives
Bios: The core members of the CIIS-Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) faculty ensemble has been collaborating and creating together in and out of the classroom since 2014. Together, we represent a wide range of intersecting social locations and backgrounds. Our teaching practice centers awareness and exploration of identity through arts-based methodologies.
Sibel Golden, PhD, LMHC, REAT
Workshop Title: True Self Portraiture: An Exploration of Body, Culture, and Art
Bio: Dr. Sibel Golden is the president and co-founder of Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute in Seattle. She is a licensed therapist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice, focusing on women in with eating and body image issues. Sibel has been practicing and teaching for 25 years.
Sofia del Carmen Casas, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC
Workshop Title: A Seat at the Table: Expressive Arts Therapy & Global Mental Health
Bio: Sofia Casas, LCAT, ATR-BC, is a global citizen with an MA in Art Therapy and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies. For over ten years she has worked in North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in the field of art therapy, and community and global mental health.
Suzan Lemont, MA, and Sarah Hinrichs
Workshop Title: Heal Her Storytelling Circles: Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence
Bio: Suzan Lemont, MA is an ExA Educator, Consultant, Advocate, and Therapist living/working in the Netherlands; co-founder of the Netherlands Expressive Arts Association (NEXAA), and Netherlands Refugee Research Project (NeRRP); creator/facilitator of Pandora’s Playspace Creative/Expressive Arts Studio; Heal Her facilitator; writer; activist; trauma survivor; dance-theatre maker; philosopher; feminist; relentless questioner. Sarah Hinrichs is a photographer from Germany. She’s currently in her final year of studying ‘Intermedial Art Therapy’ (MA) at Medical School Hamburg and training to become licensed as a natural healing practitioner for psychotherapy. From 2016-2017 she has also studied Expressive Arts Therapy (MA) at JFKU in Berkeley.
Suzanne Rancourt, EXAT, M.S., M.F.A., CAGS, AWA, CASAC
Workshop Title: Honoring Voice from the Din of Trauma
Bio: Ms. Rancourt is an award-winning writer, singer, songwriter with degrees and certifications in EXAT, psychology, drug and alcohol counseling and creative writing. Of Abenaki / Huron descent, her authenticity hails from a rural upbringing and trauma-informed experiences. Ms. Rancourt holds rank in Aikido and Iaido with 20 + years of practice. She is a USMC and USA veteran.
Terri Halperin, LMHC, REAT, BC-DMT, ATR-BC
Workshop Title: Mentoring the Expressive Arts Therapist: Inclusion, Role, and Responsibility
Bio: Terri Halperin; LMHC, REAT, BC-DMT, ATR-BC has been practicing EXTH for 4 decades and specializes in supervision practice with Expressive Arts Therapists. She has mentored students into professionals and supported supervisory relationships that are 15 years strong. She sees the practice of mentoring as holding the vulnerabilities and the strengths of the clinician at heart and using the work of EXTH to bring healing, insight, health and wholeness into the therapeutic work and the world.
Vivian Chavez, Ph.D.
Workshop Title: Artfully Teaching & Learning Cultural Humility
Bio: Vivian Chávez is a Tamalpa practitioner, yoga teacher and professor of Public Health at San Francisco State University. Over the years she has integrated multicultural movement-based expressive arts into teaching & scholarship. Her courses build community and deepen dialogue in creative, critical & embodied ways.
Wendy Phillips, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, REACE
Workshop Title: Connecting to Our Roots: The Power of Personal Rituals
Bio: Wendy Phillips is a visual artist, psychologist, researcher, and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator. She teaches students of Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts. Together with her Co-Teachers who are Traditional Indigenous Zapotec Artists, she offers Expressive Arts training in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Workshop Title: Embodied Knowledge, Collective Wisdom: SWAPA Curriculum as Healing Praxis
Bio: Yael is a bilingual/bicultural scholar-artist-practitioner originally from Argentina. As an EXA graduate student, Yael is engaged in research focusing on interdisciplinary dialogue between EXA and transformative education. Her background includes elementary and adult education, philosophy/astrology scholarship and counseling, and ritual arts.
Carla Bittencourt, MA, CEAT
Workshop Title: Expressive Arts Experience: Understanding Social Labels Through Movement and Mask-Making
Bio: Carla is a psychologist from Brazil who studied Gestalt-therapy at Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles. She works with individual and group therapy and facilitate trainings at Live your Art Studio in Carlsbad, CA and San Diego area. She combines her knowledge in mindfulness and creative therapies with her background in psychology and Gestalt-therapy to her work on-site and online.
Program Development for Severely Ill in Inpatient and Residential Care
Rebecca is an advanced doctoral student in the clinical psychology PsyD program at California School of Professional Psychology San Francisco (CSPP-SF). Through clinical training rotations, she has worked with adult and older adults presenting with a variety of chronic mental illnesses, medical conditions, histories of substance use, legal statuses, developmental disabilities, and levels of intelligence in residential care settings. She works part-time as a psychiatric rehabilitation therapist at a joint commission accredited inpatient care facility that offers psychiatric services to adults aged 18+ in a locked setting.
Rebecca received her master’s degree in Organization Development and Leadership with a concentration of Organizational Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She received a post graduate training at University of Nottingham in the UK. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy at the Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she was a therapeutic recreation director at long-term care and post-acute care facilities. She was a volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association and facilitated support group meeting and in-serve staff trainings. She is a certified dementia care practitioner by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). She received additional training in dementia care from a U.K. based company and was rewarded a Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care by the Pearson Education Ltd. She is devoted to service and learning. She currently serves as a board member for the Psychologist in Long-Term Care, a nonprofit organization. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Armstrong and Andrea Cortes-Juarbe
My Story: An Expressive Arts Program for Girls
Megan has been teaching girls for 30 years. She received a masters from the Harvard School of Education, with a focus on adolescent identity development and the psychology of girls and women. She is the co-founder of Girlventures and Mountain Yoga. Megan is a veteran educator with Girls Leadership, a teaching artist at the Marsh Youth Theater, and she has a private practice, called Whole Girl: mother/daughter mentoring, in Oakland, CA. She is a graduate of the Tamalpa Institute Teacher Training Program.
Andrea is a dancer and teaching artist in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Wesleyan University and has worked with youth and children for over 15 years. She is a dance/movement educator for SF Recreation & Parks and the Unified School District. Her classes include expressive arts and range in ages 3 to 13 years old. She also leads movement classes for young adults on the autism spectrum, and has facilitated expressive arts workshops for adults at Homeless Prenatal Program. Andrea is a graduate of Tamalpa Institute.