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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.


‌Two Events:  Saturday, October 1, 2016

On Saturday, October 1, the Department of Marital and Family Therapy will offer two events:  our annual Art Psychotherapy Workshop in the morning and a free Information Session about the program and the admissions requirements in the afternoon.   You may register for one or both.  We will send detailed registration information in a few weeks if you provide your email address.  Please send your request to be on our mailing list (with your email address) to lgloyd@lmu.edu.


LMU Award Winners, American Art Therapy Association Conference.

On July 9 at the AATA annual conference in Baltimore, Dr. Paige Asawa, faculty member and director of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic, received the American Art Therapy Association's 2016 Distinguished Clinician in Family Service Award.  This honor is bestowed on those who serve as models of excellence in art therapy.

In addition, second year student Zoe Cavnar-Lewandowski received the 2016 Rawley Silver Award for Excellence. This is a scholarship award given to a full-time student member of the American Art Therapy currently enrolled in a masters program.

Congratulations to Paige and Zoe!


New Full-Time Faculty

We are thrilled to announce that we have contracted two new tenure track faculty for the department, Dr. Anthony Bodlovic and Dr. Louvenia Jackson.   Now, with five full-time faculty members, a full-time practicum coordinator and a full-time senior administrative coordinator, we have a collaborative team that is well situated to carry out the training, clinical, scholarly, community-based and arts-informed endeavors we have always imagined. To read Dr. Bodlovic's and Dr. Jackson's biographies, please visit our faculty and staff page

2016 Institute of Art Therapy Research Symposium

On Saturday, May 14, the Institute for Art Therapy Inquiry, the research arm of the Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy, held its fifth annual Research Symposium.   Dr. Savneet Talwar, from the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago, was featured as the keynote speaker on the theme of crafting cultural memory.  Recent graduates shared posters of their research projects with LMU alumni and visiting students from the Instituto Mexicano de Psicoterapia de Arte in Mexico City.     We are already eagerly planning our sixth Research Symposium to be held May 13, 2017. For more information on the Institute of Art Therapy Inquiry, visit its page under the Research section of our website.



LMU at AATA Conference

Several LMU program graduates and faculty members are going to Baltimore in July  to present at the 47th Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association. They are:

Jessica Bianchi
Amber Cromwell
Christine Jones Henry
Arazeli Melendez
Debra Linesch
Liz Wee Liskin
Allison Patch
Loreena Snodgrass
Melba Thorn


Paige Asawa Elected to AATA Board of Directors

Faculty member, Dr. Paige Asawa,  has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association in the role of Treasurer. In this position Dr. Asawa will oversee the financial management of the Association. She will be working directly with the President of the AATA and the Board of Directors regarding all budget matters in accordance with the direction of the Executive Committee. 


Helen B. Landgarten Scholars 2016:

Lauren Peña and Martha Cowley

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 one or more graduating students, recognizes academic success, competency in clinical work and leadership skills. The department congratulates Martha Cowley and Lauren Peña as the 2016 Helen B. Landgarten Scholars.

And congratulations to the entire graduating class of 2016! 



Einat Metzl: Faculty Keynote Presentation

Faculty member Einat Metzl was the keynote speaker at an art therapy one-day conference in Mexico City on April 18, 2016 hosted by the Universidad IberoAmericano. The conference centered around cultural considerations of art therapy treatment and showcased the clinical work of our long-time collaborators at the Insitituto Mexicano de Psicoterpia de Arte.  


‌Betsy Caprio

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our alumna Betsy Caprio-Hedberg on March 25, 2016.   Betsy was one of our early program graduates and went on to co-found the Center for Sacred Psychology.  For those of you who knew her as a supervisor and mentor, we extend our deepest condolences for your loss.  


Featured Faculty


Debra Linesch, chairperson of the department, is featured in the university's promotional campaign, LMYOU. Click here to read the entire article.


‌Faculty Performance

Faculty member Anthony Bodlovic has an upcoming performance, Moves, on February 20, 2016.   His performance will be at the Pretend Gallery at 1952 Clinton Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026, 9 pm to midnight.  No reservations required.



ART FIRST Trauma Training and Response Program

Dr. Paige Asawa, MFT, ATR-BC, Clinic Director, held the ART FIRST Trauma Training and Response Program all day training for the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic. Recent events around the world have raised awareness of the importance of being prepared and the recent training day clarified the unique role art therapist can play in disasters and traumatic events. More than 35 alumni and students joined together with our HBL Art Therapy Clinic partners the American Red Cross and Save the Children to provide four training sessions throughout the day. One participant said, "It was important to have the experiential part of the day with hands on training". Licensed alumni completed the training necessary to become certified Disaster Mental Health responders for the American Red Cross and earned 7.5 free CEU's. Students completed the training necessary to facilitate the Child-Friendly Spaces program for Save the Children. The students and alumni made several suggestions for follow up training so look for more information soon!


‌2015-2016 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 2015-2016. LMU is very proud to announce that 12 students graduating in May 2016 have each been awarded an $18,500.00 stipend. In addition, 2 students were selected as alternates. 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

Ceccily Bednash (County)
Jackie Carlson (Alternate)
Kimie Cho (County)
Justine Collazo (County)
Martha Cowley (County and State)
Hilda Galan (County and State)
Julie Han (County)
Sarah Hickman (State)
Christine Kurata (County and State)
Sung Liskin (County and State)
Jessica Lo (County)
Jillian Luz (County)
Arazeli Melendez (County)
Cheryl Tarnofsky (County)

Image: Alphabetic top to bottom, left to right. 


 Dr. Shirah Vollmer Reflects

Faculty member, Shirah Vollmer, who teachers our Psychopharmacology course, had a featured article in a recent edition Bruin, M.D., UCLA's Medical Alumni Association newsletter.

Reflections by Shirah Vollmer, M.D. '86 (RES '90, FEL '91)
I have spent most of my adult life learning at UCLA. It started when I was a freshman and it has continued through 25 years of teaching UCLA Family Medicine residents about biobehavioral aspects of primary care. I have come to find out that my experience is both broad and deep, enabling me to share with my students a perspective that they value tremendously. Many of them are not familiar with developmental disabilities and the nuances of autism, for example, where they may mistake children with anxiety as having autism....  Read More of Reflections by Shirah Vollmer

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.




 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.