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!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alumni Spotlight: Jason Cruz, ATR

Alumni spotlight

Over the next several months as a run up to my sabbatical (yes, I will be on sabbatical from July 2014-July 2015), I will be spotlighting several of our alum and students.  This is a project I have wanted to do for years, but just felt daunted by all the day-to-day work.  Over my sabbatical I hope to really get at what it is that we as expressive arts therapists do, and in particular I hope to look at the integrated arts specialization and it's students, alum, and professionals.  We have the most incredible group of people dedicated to this subversive project - connect, express, engage, listen, love, make, art!

This week's post is passed on by Michaela Kirby,  who supervised Jason Cruz for many years.  Jason graduated from the Lesley University Art Therapy program in the mid 1990s and has worked at the amazing RAW Arts for over twenty years now.

Check out this amazing short film about Jason and his work with youth in Lynn.  Paper Schemes Productions is a group of young people producing "Moments to Speak" - how cool is that!
their mission:

We are an open-minded organization striving to visually engage those of different perspectives. Our passion to emphasize our vision through film comes from confidence, ambition and skill. We believe that through our artistry, we will not only enlighten the world but inspire as well.

So here it is - BE INSPIRED!


And while you're being inspired by our brothers - check out the alumni profile on PhD alumnus Kelvin Ramirez. 

Yes - there is a place for you in our program!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Expressive Therapy Faculty present at the ET Summit in NYC

There are many faculty in the MA in Expressive Therapy's program at Lesley presenting at the Expressive Therapy Summit - November 7-10, 2013 in New York City

Expressive Therapy Summit

Saturday Workshops

10:00 am - 11:20 am Clinical Applications of SoulCollage® Across the Lifespan
Executive Conference Center - Saturday
Jennifer Navarro, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Multicultural Doll-Making in Therapy: Facilitating Identity,
Integration & Inspiration
Executive Conference Center - Saturday
Julianne Hertz, ATR-BC, LMHC
Jennifer J. Murphy, LMHC, ATR-BC

4:10 pm - 5:30 pm Research in the Creative Arts Therapies: Purposes &
Executive Conference Center - Saturday
Presented by NCCATA
Sherry Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT
Donna Kaiser, PhD, ATR-BC
Kathleen M. Murphy, PhD, LPC, LCAT, MT-BC
Heidi Landis, RDT-BCT, TEP, LCAT
Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR-M/S

Sunday Papers

10:00 am - 11:20 am Can Expressive Therapies Be Taught via Distance Learning?
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
Deb Spragg, PhD, LMHC
Karen Estrella, PhD, ATR-BC, MT-BC
Michaela Kirby, PsyD, ATR-BC

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Integrating Performance Learning into Clinical Training
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
Maria Hodermarska, RDT, CASAC, ICADAC, LCAT
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT

Sunday Workshops

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Reaching People with Advanced Dementia through
Dance/Movement Therapy
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
Donna Newman-Bluestein, MEd, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC

11:40 am - 1:00 pm Identity & Independence: Poetry and Multimodal Expressive
Arts Therapy with Teens
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
Karen Estrella, PhD, ATR-BC, MT-BC
Eve Lyons, MA, LMHC

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm Rhythm & Resonance: Creating Flow and Empathy in Clinical
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
Mitchell Kossak, PhD, REAT, LMHC