Art Therapy in Practice

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

The workshop is designed to offer an introductory overview of the field of art therapy. Material covered will include some history, theory, and practices and approaches to art therapy as well as general survey of populations, settings and applications. Engaging in this workshop does not equate to certification in art therapy or the credential of an art therapist.  Lecture, readings, video presentations, art making, critical reflection, and discussion comprise the structure of this workshop. Participants will engage in didactic and experiential sessions and process their own artwork.

Learning objectives:

  • Articulate a basic historical understanding of the development of art therapy as a profession.
  • Articulate an understanding of the range of people served by an art therapist in diverse settings and how to find an art therapist.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in the creative arts process and reflect on one’s self.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

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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