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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.


Remembering Katrina

In August 2005, the country watched in shock as Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast leaving thousands stranded, in need of shelter and support. Many found refuge in American Red Cross shelters, community centers, churches and trailer sites. Renaissance Village in Baker, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge was one of these sites, where art therapists from Loyola Marymount University traveled to provide art therapy services over the course of two years.

Ten years later, the Remembering Katrina event celebrated this work and the diligent efforts of all the art therapists and people who made it possible. Remembering Katrina included an exhibit of the artwork created by children displaced by the hurricane, a presentation of the art therapy that was provided as well as the programs and initiatives that grew out of the work. Culminating the afternoon of remembrance was a collaborative art making project that captured the response to the event as well as imagery about Hurricane Katrina, the art therapy provided and personal displacement stories.




 Mirrors of the Mind 4: The Psychotherapist as Artist

Program alumni including Madoka Urhausen and Jill Ruby-Wahba will have art work featured in this show. 

‌International Journal of Art Therapy

Assistant Professor Einat Metzl has published an article entitled "Holding and creating: A grounded theory of art therapy with 0 to 5 year olds" in the current issue of the International Journal of Art Therapy.



Helen B. Landgarten Scholar 2015: Chauney Peck

In 1988, when program founder Helen B. Landgarten retired, the department inaugurated the Helen B. Landgarten Scholar award. The award, which may be given yearly to a graduating student, recognizes academic success, competency in clinical work and leadership skills. The department congratulates Chauney Peck as the 2015 Helen B. Landgarten Scholar.

Chauney is currently working with children and families as an art therapist and clinician at Childnet Youth and Family Services in Long Beach, California. Before becoming an art therapist, Chauney lived in Seattle and practiced as a visual artist and art teacher. She exhibited her artwork nationally and received awards for her paintings and sculptures. While working as an artist, she volunteered at food banks and shelters in order to connect with the community. Chauney shifted careers when finding art therapy met two goals simultaneously: working with art and facilitating positive changes in the lives of others. She plans to continue working in community mental health and after earning her license resume a part-time studio art practice.


 Ninth Annual Summer Arts Workshop

August 2015 marked the Summer Arts Workshop Ninth Annual event. This year's workshop focused on stop motion animation by integrating sculptural techniques and video technology. The outcome was a diverse selection of short animations that were edited together and explored personal identity and the impact of space and transition on identity. This year was particularly special because in addition to mentor support provided by LMU art therapy graduate students, Dolores Mission School students were also supported by Summer Art Workshop graduates and past participants Patty Hernandez and Noel Melendrez now each attending college.

This short video is a compilation of the participants' individual films:





‌Alumni Art Showcased

Loyola Marymount University’s Marital and Family Therapy Department is excited to re-imagine the department suite as a dynamic gallery space to showcase our graduates, as well as honor the founders and shapers of our program. This year we would like to specifically acknowledge the creator of clinical art therapy, Helen B. Landgarten, and former department chair, Maxine Boroswky Junge. View the show catalog, MFTH Suite Art 2015.


Here and Now: The Art of Art Therapy Students

The 2016 graduating class of the Marital and Family Therapy program have curated a show of their own artwork. The show is located in the Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. Student Art Gallery on the LMU campus from September 8 - 18.

36th Annual Conference, Canadian Art Therapy Association

Department Chairperson Dr.  Debra Linesch will deliver the keynote address at the Canadian Art Therapy Association’s conference in Halifax on October 16, 2015.

‌Becoming an Art Therapist

Former department chairperson and professor, Maxine Borowsky Junge has co-authored a book with Kim Newall entitled Becoming an Art Therapist: Enabling Growth, Change, and Action for Emerging Students in the Field. For an overview of the book, please visit the Charles C. Thomas Publishers website.

 ‌Paige Asawa Presents in Japan


Faculty member and Clinic Director, Dr. Paige Asawa, has been invited to present at the 47th Japanese National Art Therapy Conference in Tokyo, Japan.   Dr. Asawa will present on the role of the art in the therapeutic relationship. The presentation will explore the concept of Yorisou, which relates to the liminal space between the art therapist, the client and the art. She will be accompanied by program alumna Madoka Urhausen who will be providing support and translation during the conference meetings and presentation. Ms. Urhausen has been a faculty in the department and a long time supervisor for students in practicum. She participated in the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic’s ART FIRST training and facilitated art making in the Save the Children Child Friendly Spaces program in a response to a multi-dwelling fire in Oxnard last year.



Debra Linesch, Distinguished Educator Award

On July 11, department chairperson, Debra Linesch, received the "Distinguished Educator Award" for 2015 from the American Art Therapy Association at their Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

First image:  Debra Linesch receiving award from AATA president Sarah Deaver and Daniel Blausey, chair of the AATA Honors Committee.

Second image:  Current program students celebrating award.

Third image:  Post-ceremony gathering with students and Dean Bryant Alexander.



Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, and Resiliency

Program graduate, Noah Hass-Cohen, conceptualized and co-wrote Art Therapy & The Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, & Resiliency.  For complete details on this new text, please visit the W.W. Norton & Company website.





‌Stipend Recipients

The State of California MFT Stipend Program and the LA County Department of Mental Health Stipend Program have both completed their award process for 2014-2015.   LMU is very proud to announce that 16 students graduating in May 2015 have each been awarded an $18,500.00 stipend.  These highly competitive stipends which are funded in part from the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA), are designed to recruit linguistically and culturally competent therapists who are committed to working with the diverse population served in public mental health.    Proportionally LMU students were awarded more MFT stipends than from any other school in the LA region.   The Department is very proud of our student's achievements and wish them much success in their post graduate internships!

Elizabeth Barraza  (S)
Lily Braverman  (S & LA)
Lizvet Corral  (S)
Helena Ma   (S & LA)
Samantha McMullen (LA)
Daniela Montanez    (S & LA)
Christine Park (LA)
Chauney Peck   (LA)
Mayra Ramos del Beltran   (S)
Kelly Rau  (LA)
Christina Sanchez   (S & LA)
Bryan Schnebelt  (LA)
Susan Lorena Snodgrass  (S)
Carmen Solis  (LA)
Sharon Uy  (LA)
Naomi Yu   (S)

Pictured from Top left to right


 Identity and Art Therapy: Personal and Professional Perspectives

Former department chairperson and professor, Maxine Borowsky Junge's most recent book, Identity and Art Therapy: Personal and Professional Perspectives, has recently been published.  This book includes a number of essays from other art therapist contributors including "Finding My Voice" by the department's current chairperson and professor, Debra Linesch.   Visit the Charles C. Thomas Publishers website to read an overview of this book.


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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