Social/Cultural Identities: A transdisciplinary Integrative Lens in to Practice



Presented and developed by Mary Andrus, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC


Race, culture and identity expands beyond what is visibly seen on the outside. This workshop will examine privilege, bias and the lens in which we understand ourselves and those we work with.

Participants will examine the view from which they develop sociocultural constructs and will be provided with an overview of a transdisciplinary integrative model to introduce an alternate perspective to inform treatment or care of clients. Using lecture, art making, dialogue, small group work and discussion participants will utilize interactive creative approaches to exploring and understanding social/cultural identity.

Participants will be able to:

1.     Apply dialectical lens to current conceptualization of social/cultural identities in the United States.  

2.     Examine privilege, bias and identify personal understanding that informs treatment to support establishing healthy relationships.

3.     Describe 3 alternate perspectives to integrate into practice that define the transdisciplinary model.

4.     Develop linguistic skills to support effective communication with clients through practicing eliciting, understanding and applying cultural and ethnic understanding in clinical care. 




Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

6 CEs, meets the State of Oregon Cultural requirement


Mary Andrus, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC


Mary Andrus has a Doctorate in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. She directs the Art Therapy Counseling Department at Marylhurst University in Portland Oregon. She has presented locally, and nationally at numerous conferences and symposiums and has been an educator since 2008.

She is founder of Art Therapy Studio Chicago Ltd. where she oversees a practice of art therapists offering art therapy to adults and adolescents. She has worked with a wide variety of populations in various settings including; community mental health, nursing homes, therapeutic day schools, independent living, inpatient psychiatric hospital and developed a free art therapy program for uninsured pregnant women suffering from perinatal depression.

Her clinical orientation is from a person-centered perspective and she has completed her Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) training to specialize in trauma resolution with her clients. Her research examines the reintegration stage of trauma treatment, intersubjectivity and art therapy.

She successfully worked with the Oregon Legislature and the Oregon Art Therapy Task Force toward passing HB 2432 in May 2017 which provides protection of the ethical practice of art therapy offering title and practice protection in Oregon.

She served in 2011 as president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Mary has published her artwork in various journals and published a book review of The body keeps the score, van der Kolk (2014) in the American Journal of Art Therapy.




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