Monday, October 19, 2015

Lesley University's Expressive Therapy Electives – January and Spring 2016

Check out our January and Spring elective offerings in Expressive Therapy.

Lesley University is offering several courses this January and Spring that can add revitalization to your practice.  Tell everyone about them (supervisors, friends, colleagues), and register on-line - registration opens October 27.

Help us fill these classes so they are not canceled. Please consider coming back and taking an elective!!! Sign up today. And tell all your colleagues about our great offerings!

For more info go to: and follow instructions. Click on the "Current Course Information" link, search Spring 2016 and Expressive therapies and Graduate.


GEXTH-5010            Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
.J1        1/4-1/8         Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          E. Kellogg
.J2        1/11-1/15     Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          K. Estrella
.J4        1/11-1/15     Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          A. Pinna-Perez

GEXTH-5046-J1       Writing as a Therapeutic Modality
1/11-1/15     Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          E. Lyons

GEXTH-6254-J1       Dance Movement Therapy with Children (special treatment issues)
1/4-1/8         Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          A. Johnson Macy

GEXTH-6400-J1       Holistic Approaches to Pain/Stress
1/8-10 and 1/15-17  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM A. DeSharone

GEXTH-6353-J1       Family Art Therapy (special treatment issues)
1/15-17 and 1/22-24  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM J. Currrant

GEXTH-6367-J1       Art Therapy Studio
1/4-1/8         Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM          S. McNiff

GEXTH-5001-01      Techniques of Play Therapy
1/29-31 and 2/26-28  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM J. Byers

GEXTH-5010.04       Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
1/27-5/11     Wednesdays 9:35-12:05     K. Barzilay-Shecter

GEXTH-5029-01      Body Oriented Psychotherapy
3/4-6 and 4/1-3  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM S. Karman

GEXTH-5038-01      Spirituality and Well-Being (special treatment issues)
2/19-21 and 4/8-10  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM D. Spragg

GEXTH-5024-01      Art Therapy with Older Adults (special treatment issues)
2/5-7 and 3/4-6  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM R. Stephenson

GEXTH-6364-01      Art Therapy with Children & Adolescents (special treatment issues)
1/27-5/11     Wednesdays 12:55-3:25     K. Ramirez

GEXTH-6255-01      Jungian Dance and Drama
1/29-5/13     Fridays 9:35-12:05   J. Leavitt

GEXTH-6258                        Movement Observation & Assessment I
.01       1/27-5/11     Wednesdays 9:35-12:05     N. Beardall
.02       1/27-5/11     Wednesdays 12:55-3:25     N. Beardall

GEXTH-6301-01      Drama Therapy w/ Children & Adolescents (special treatment issues)
2/5-7 and 2/26-28  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM   B. Greene-Van Horn

GEXTH-7888-02      Special Topics: Playback Theater and Community Health (special treatment issues)
1/29-31 and 2/19-21  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM C. Ellinger

GEXTH-7888-02      Special Topics: ET in Post-revolutionary Nicaragua (special treatment issues)
Travel course 3/12-20         K. Ramirez

GEXTH-7888.03       Special Topics: Arts and Medicine (special treatment issues)
2/19-22 and 4/1-3  Fri, 6:00-10:00 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM X. Tan

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sabbatical and research into Professional Identity and Expressive Arts Therapy

Hi everyone,

First off, let me say thank you again for all you do to help us make our specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy a wonderful opportunity for learning. For those of you who have taught during the past year - thank you! For those of you who have supervised during the past year - thank you! and for those of you who have been students in the program during the past year - thank you! We have the privilege of bringing ourselves, our creativity, and our love for the arts into relationship with others and there is so much need in the world for the work of relationship and Poiesis!

As many of you know I will be on sabbatical during the 2014-2015 academic year doing research on professional identity for Expressive Arts Therapists (today was my last day, and I return July 1, 2015). While I am out Angelica Pinna-Perez will be stepping in to coordinate the Expressive Arts Therapy specialization. Angelica has been a wonderful addition to the Expressive Arts Therapy faculty during this past year and she will bring her particular and varied interests in such topics as Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Performance, Community Arts, Vicarious Trauma and Countertransference in Clinical Practice to her role as interim Coordinator. From Angelica:

I wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself ( reintroduce myself).  I am available as needed – please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have (any or all  of the following) curiosities, concerns and things to celebrate! I look forward to a fruitful collaboration this year!

Because my research includes several aspects of post-graduate practice of Expressive Arts Therapy you will likely hear from me throughout this year! I hope to be in touch in various ways to explore what it is we do once we're out there in "the field." It was great to see many of you today at the Expressive Therapies in Training: Practice and Pedagogy conference. I was inspired once again by the work we do, the risks our clients take, and the love we share as clinicians and clients, teachers and students, as we navigate the human experience together.

Have a great year!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Lesley University Expressive Therapy Masters Theses 2014

This past weekend we celebrated the research work of our Expressive Therapy students here at Lesley University and wow, were we proud! Check out this list of titles.

2014 Expressive Therapies Theses & Research

Ashoff, C. (2014). The practice of self-care with caregivers to prevent job-related burnout and stress. (Thesis)
 Bolton, D. (2014). A survey of perceptions of music therapy among clinical staff at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Thesis)
Booth, D. (2014). The awareness of countertransference among trainees: A comparison study. (Thesis)
Brett, L. (2014). What are the observed effects of using mirroring in dance/movement therapy with survivors of traumatic brain injuries? (Thesis).
Bryson, L. R. (2014). The effectiveness of dance/movement therapy with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A meta-ethnographic analysis. (Thesis)
Chen, J. (2014). Musical theme as a dream - From the Fort-Da game: Discussion of the value of music theme. (Thesis)
Cohen, L. (2014). Empowering Homeless Women: Participatory Action Research. (Research Project)
Danahy, S. (2014). Embodied connection:  Recapturing a sense of self to impact the therapeutic relationship among group members engaged in short term treatment. (Research Project)
Frelich, J. M. (2014). “If you sing my song, I’ll sing yours”: A group songwriting intervention utilizing the drama therapy core processes of playing, externalization and witnessing and incorporating elements of playback theatre. (Thesis)
Gintz, S. (2014). The experiences of client departure on clinicians in a residential treatment center for traumatized teens: Burnout, self-care, and the healing arts. (Thesis)
Gousie, T. (2014). The power of a song: Lyric writing with adolescents in a partial hospital program. (Thesis)
Hall, L. (2014). Art and storytelling. (Thesis)
Heim, K. (2014). Introvert—extrovert: Developing a continuum of understanding ourselves and others as music therapists. (Thesis)
Iaria, A. (2014). Birdsongs: Exploring musical containment through the environment. (Thesis)
Kahn, R. C. (2014). Do crypto-Jewish individuals of New Mexico experience identity conflict? A potential for music therapy within a multicultural community. (Thesis)
King, A. A. (2014). The use of poetry to elicit an authentic response in movement. (Thesis)
Lunt, W. (2014). Arts and health: Voices from the field. (Research Project).
Melbye, C. T. (2014). Can expressive therapy Informed by Voice Movement Therapy increase the voluntary vocalizations of adolescents with developmental disabilities? (Thesis)
McCann, K. (2014). Being an expressive therapist: An autoethnographic case study of a music therapy intern at a therapeutic school. (Thesis)
Morris, S. R. (2014). The Consequences of Connection and Separation, on the Human Psyche. (Thesis)
O’Brien, C. (2014). Musical attunement in music therapy sessions and its effect on wellness. (Thesis)
Peters, M. (2014). Employing auditory and visual components of film to regulate emotions. (Thesis)
Pimley, T. D. (2014). Contrast of music therapy and therapeutic music in a psychiatric hospital: A parallel case study. (Thesis)
Ruben, J. (2014). Can Bartenieff fundamental connections increase internal awareness for people with eating disorders: Collaboration with individuals in recovery. (Thesis).
Smith, L. (2014). Creative consciousness: Exploring the Central American immigrant experience through the arts. Conciencia Creativa: Exploración de la experiencia inmigrante de América Central a través de las artes. (Thesis)
Steinberg, B. (2014). The use of photography in therapy as a training art therapist. (Thesis)
Thompson, K. (2014). Music therapy and Isodicentric15 Chromosome abnormality: An analysis of a case study with an 11-year-old boy. (Thesis)
Ware, J. (2014). Military sexual trauma within the female veteran population: A survey on exposure and awareness within the Lesley graduate music therapy community. (Thesis).
Yin, C. (2014). Experience of music therapists in early intervention: significance of family-based approach. (Thesis)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lesley University Expressive Therapy Thesis Poster Session

Come to the 2014 Expressive Therapies Poster Session of Thesis Research!
Friday, May 2, 1:30-2:30
Sherrill Library, Rooms 150-151
You will have the opportunity to talk to Thesis Students and Graduating MA Expressive Therapy students about research they've completed in expressive therapies at this informal gathering.  Students have done qualitative and quantitative research that adds depth and breadth to our growing field.  They are eager to share their results with you! We hope you will make it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lesley University's Expressive Therapy Program Student Show and Performance

Graduate Expressive Therapies Division Student Exhibition presents…

Shift, Flux, Leap
Opening Reception and performances
Friday, May 2
3:30-5pm, Performances, WASH Auditorium
 5-6pm, Gallery Reception in Sherrill Library

Saturday, April 05, 2014

40th anniversary of the Lesley University Expressive Therapy Program - save the date!

Photo:  Norma Canner, 1970s

40th Anniversary of the Expressive Therapies Program
at Lesley University

Conference and Celebration
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Please stay tuned for further details as an official save the date and invitation from the Alumni Office is forthcoming! 
We hope to see you there!

Expressive Therapies celebrates 40 years of making powerful inroads in the world

In 1974, The Institute for the Arts and Human Development, housing both Expressive Therapies and Creative Arts in Learning, was founded at Lesley University. The Expressive Therapies program established in that year was one of the original graduate programs in the United States to train professionals in the emerging arts therapy field and the first to integrate all of the arts. Forty years later, the Expressive Therapies program continues to push the boundaries of knowledge and training, and Lesley is celebrating this milestone anniversary by honoring alumni and their important contributions to the field.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Lesley will welcome Expressive Therapies alumni from around the world for a daylong conference (6 LMHC CEUs), showcasing the work of the program's diverse and creative graduates, culminating in an evening celebration. Come and join your classmates and founding Dean of the Institute for the Arts and Human Development and current University Professor, Shaun McNiff, together with pioneering faculty members including Paolo Knill, Mariagnese Cattaneo, Vivien Marcow Speiser, and Elizabeth McKim in honoring your achievements.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Alumni Spotlight: Ilene Sperling

Lesley University Expressive Therapy Alumni Spotlight:
Ilene Sperling

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I have been trying in the last few months to highlight our alumni.  Unfortunately, we recently lost one of our most promising alum.  Ilene Sperling was a 2007 graduate of our Art Therapy Program, and was a visionary clinician, co-founder of the North Carolina Art Therapy Institute.

Ilene worked with newly emigrated refugees from Burma in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools and also with students with special needs. She worked with adults looking for additional support, new perspectives and creative ways to manage stress, anxiety and depression.  In addition, Ilene offered clinical supervision in art therapy and mentored other expressive arts therapists. 
In honor of Ilene, I wanted to spotlight her Institute and to encourage you to contribute to their cause. Ilene will be missed by many and we are proud to call her one of our own. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lesley University's Expressive Therapy Electives - Summer 2014

Lesley University's Expressive Therapy Electives - Summer '14
Tell everyone about them (supervisors, friends, colleagues), and register on-line - registration opens March 17.

Help us fill these classes so they are not canceled. Please consider coming back and taking an elective!!! Sign up today. And tell all your colleagues about our great offerings!

Check out our Summer elective offerings in Expressive Therapy

Lesley University is offering several courses this summer that can add revitalization to your practice:

For more info go to: and follow instructions. Click on the "Current Course Information" link, search Summer and Expressive therapies


GEXTH-5001.01 Techniques of Play Therapy
6/16-6/20 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM J. Byers 

GEXTH-5010.01  Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
6/9-6/13 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM A. Pinna-Perez

GEXTH-5010.02  Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
8/1-3 and 8/15-17 Fri, 6:00-9:50 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM R. Levy

GEXTH-5010.03 Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
8/4-8/8 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM M. Kossak

GEXTH-5010.04 Principles & Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
8/16-8/20 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM K. Barzilay-Shecter

GEXTH-5029-03 Body Oriented Psychotherapy
6/6-8 and 6/27-29 Fri, 6:00-9:50 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM S. Karman

GEXTH-5045.01 Arts and Healing
8/4-8 Mon-Fri 09:00AM
- 05:50PM V. Marcow-Speiser

GEXTH-5048-01 Theories of Poetry Therapy
8/4-8 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM E. Marsick

GEXTH-5350-01 Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy
8/4-8/8 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM Leavitt, J & Cardillo, N

GEXTH-6009.01 Theater as a Therapeutic Process
7/7-7/11 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM J. Butler

GEXTH-6029.01 Art Therapy with Severe Mental Illness
6/16-6/20 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM S. Spaniol

GEXTH-5001-01 Advanced Play Therapy
6/23-6/27 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM S. Misiph 

GEXTH-6200.02 and .03 Princ & Pract of Music Therapy
7/7-7/11 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM TBA
8/11-8/15 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM TBA

GEXTH-6352.02 Princ & Pract of Art Therapy
7/7-7/11 Mon-Fri 08:00AM - 04:50PM H. Harris
8/11-8/15 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM TBA

GEXTH 6360.01 Drawing from Within
6/2 -6/6 Mon-Fri 09:00AM - 05:50PM D. Malis

GEXTH-6368.01 Art Therapy with Traumatized Adults
6/20-22 and 7/18-20 Fri, 6:00-9:50 PM Sat, Sun 09:00AM - 05:50PM C. Crespi-Hunt

GEXTH-6412-01 Yoga and Therapeutic Touch
6/6-8 and 6/27-29 Fri 6:00 PM - 9:50PM Sat-Sun 9:00AM - 5:50PM A. DeSharone

Other classes offered
Standards and Ethics
Group Work Dance Therapy

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Expressive Arts Therapy Alumni Spotlight: Nadia Womack

Expressive Arts Therapy Alumni Spotlight: Nadia Womack

Our Alumni often relocate all over the world after graduation.  We always hope that they will stay in touch and come back to campus.  Recently, Nadia Womack, Expressive Arts Therapy specialization grad, now residing in Baltimore, MD, came back to Lesley University to present a workshop on the use of sandtray in therapy, at the conference:


"Being Culturally Responsive in Urban Settings:

A Conference for Mental Health Providers, Educators, and ALL Working with Culturally Diverse Families"
The conference was sponsored through a partnership of the Boston Children’s Hosptial Neighborhood Partnerships Program, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and VISIONS, Inc., sponsored by the Josephine & Louise Crane Foundation and hosted by the Episcopal Divinity School and brought together folks from around the region particularly interested in culturally responsive work.

We were so proud of Nadia, and so glad to know that her education was allowing her to continue the practice of Expressive Arts Therapy in culturally responsive ways.  Check out her workshop description:

What’s in the sand: Sand tray use, research, experiential– Nadia Womack, MA
Come experience this powerful alternative therapeutic practice in which miniature images and sand become the field of conscious expression for the psyche as you create patterns, worlds, and/or dramatic play processes in the sand tray. Sand play has been shown to enhance self-expression, self-healing and spiritual development and can be used in your clinical practice with children and adults.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lesley faculty in Guatemala at the first Latin American Symposium for Expressive Arts Therapy

February 27-28 and March 1st 2014
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

We are so excited to have two of our own Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty, Mitchell Kossak and Angelica Pinna Perez, presenting at the 1st Latin American Regional Symposium of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

The conference, Weaving The Americas/Tejiendo las Americas, brings together Expressive Arts Therapists from across Latin America.

Their workshop entitled, Drumming up the primordial somatic unconscious, is listed with the following description:

Art, in all its forms, makes manifest the unconscious embodied energies. The arts grant the soul an avenue for expression and an opening to self-awareness.  By playing with prmordial energies, expressive arts attempt to create a deeper resonance with universal truths.  Under the right conditions, the creative process will lead to new kinds of knowledge, insights, and a deepening connection with life.  This workshop will take participants through an experience of the emerging primordial energies that give shape and form to the primordial somatic unconscious explored in a multimodal arts experience of drumming, authentic movement, poetry and image making.

Congratulations Mitchell and Angelica!