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Marital and Family Therapy

Clinical Art Therapy


‌Loyola Marymount University's Marital and Family Therapy Department offers students an innovative program that leads to a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy. Click here to read more.

The Department has expanded the program's commitment to service with the creation of the The Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic, while our Art Therapy in Mexico summer program has expanded the department's commitment to interculturalism. Please follow these links to learn more about both these endeavors.

LMU Program Graduate Guest Speaker at the Library of Congress

On March 14, Parisa Amirmostofian ('2011) was a guest speaker at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on the subject "Art for Therapy." The event was taped and will be part of an upcoming documentary. The nationally syndicated EMMY winning series Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick will debut portions of the documentary and will include a conversation between Parisa and renowned artist and award-wining architect, Kamran Khavarani, originator of Abstract Romanticism. In this program, Parisa also will discuss the therapeutic effect of his paintings and the psychological and scientific research behind it.






Class of 2013 graduate, Sunjin "Nancy" Choe, has published her article, An exploration of the qualities and features of art apps for art therapy, in the current issue of Arts in Psychotherapy 41 (2014).







Art Therapy-Related Events

A new page on our website has been created to accommodate art therapy-related events.  Click here to visit the page.





Mass Murders -- One Artist's/Therapist's Response

Maxine Borowsky Junge,  PhD, LCSW, ATR, HLM, former faculty member and department chairperson, was interviewed by David Gussak for a Psychology Today blog post entitled Mass Murders -- One Artist's/Therapist's Response as part of his series Art on Trial: Confessions of a Serial Therapist.  To read the post, visit the Psychology Today blog.



 2014 American Art Therapy Association Conference

The 45th Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association is scheduled for July 9-13, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.  A number of program faculty and alumni are slated to present including Debra Linesch, Paige Asawa, Rosalie Frankel, Noah Hass-Cohen, Meirav Haber, Hilary Kern, Ana Pirkl and Melissa Susman.   The department will also be hosting a "Friends of LMU" reception during the conference.  To learn more about this event, please visit the AATA website.



Midrashic Mirrors:
Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy

Sunday, April 06, 2014; 12:00PM - 03:00PM

Professor and department chair, Debra Linesch will make a presentation at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles which will explore the experiences of nine women who spent three years together studying sacred text, responding to the text by creating imagery and examining the imagery to illuminate psychological and spiritual meanings.   The presentation will focus on the narratives that emerged out of the experiences as stories of transformation and connection. An experiential opportunity will be included. Other members of the group will participate.

For information on registration and fee, please visit the website of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.


 It Depends:  The Art of Art Therapy Students

It Depends: The Art of Art Therapy Students featured the work of Loyola Marymount University’s Marital and Family Therapy graduating class of 2015/16.  As artists, the graduate students must rediscover their relationship with art and art making; and as art therapists must find ways to use art’s potential to heal, evoke, and bring change. How do these two identities merge? When does that happen? What does this process look like? The often unsatisfactory yet liberating answer is, “It Depends.”

The opening reception was Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm in the Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. Student Art Gallery, Burns Fine Arts Center, LMU.   



 ‌Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic

Visit the web pages of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic to see newly-added content including a short documentary video on the Thomas Riley High School program.  Click HERE.




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