Hillary Rubesin, Ph.D., LPCS, REAT is the Clinical Director of the Art Therapy Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Carrboro, NC. She received both her Ph.D. and her MA in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, where she was trained to incorporate various expressive arts modalities within psychotherapy practice. At ATI, Dr. Rubesin provides supervision to new clinicians and graduate-level interns, and continues to see clients in both individual and group sessions. The majority of her clinical work is with refugee and immigrant women and children in local schools and community-based settings. She also co-facilitates the Arts and Peer Support Group, a free, weekly, community-based arts group for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Beyond her work at ATI, Dr. Rubesin is currently an adjunct professor in Lesley’s Expressive Therapies graduate program.
Laurie Selz-Campbell, MSW, CPRP is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she teaches courses in social justice, disability, the life course, and mental health recovery, among others. She is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and has worked for many years with adults living with severe mental illness, and was part of the team that implemented the first structured peer support programs in psychiatric hospital and community settings in North Carolina. In 2011, Laurie partnered with Hillary to co-found the Arts and Peer Support Group, which she continues to co-facilitate. She is committed to bringing the voices of individuals with lived experience into social work education, frequently inviting group members to the School of Social Work to share their experiences and their artwork (as well as art making) with students.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Name and describe at least 2 ways that the expressive arts can contribute to the therapeutic/healing process.
2. Identify and apply at least 1 form of expressive arts in clinical practice in a way that fits with your population and setting.
3. List and explain at least 2 general principles and strategies for incorporating the arts into allied mental health interventions.
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