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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.

8th Annual Summer Arts Workshop 2014

Students from Dolores Mission School focused on exploring the various layers of self at this year's Summer Arts Workshop, held on the LMU campus August 4-9, 2014.  Questions explored were:  "who are we on the outside and what might be protected on the inside?"   Using the umbrella as a foundation and incorporating thoughtful symbols and metaphors, each participant took positive risks in exploring the multiple layers that make up their unique identity.   Participants were presented with a multitude of materials, such as plaster, paint, wire, and found objects and assisted by graduate and undergraduate art and art therapy students to problem solve to create a desired outcome. The result is a visual expression that emphasizes process and represents each individuals thoughts and discoveries about who they are and who they may want to become.

 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.


‌American Art Therapy Association Conference 2014

LMU faculty members Debra Linesch and Paige Asawa presented at this year's AATA conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 9 through 12.    Dr. Asawa's session, "The Development of a Community-Based Art Therapy Clinic" was a series of short documentary videos that detail the historical background and development of a community-based art therapy clinic.  Debra Linesch, Ph.D., made three presentations:  "Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy", "Hebrew Calligraphy: An Integration of Practices" and "Art Therapy and the Lived Experiences of Acculturation and Immigration."  


‌Art for Sexuality Sake

Assistant Professor, Einat Metzl, and alumna, Jillien Kahn presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists in Monterey, California on June 8, 2014.  Their workshop was entitled "Art for Sexuality Sake: Addressing Challenges of Expressing Sexuality Creatively."



Student Research Papers

The graduated students have presented us with an astonishing variety of research topics.  We invite you to look over at them at LMU's Digital Commons. 



Fall 2015 Application Due Date:  December 1, 2014

Fall 2015 Application Due Date:  December 1, 2014

We are currently making substantial changes to our admissions process which will be posted on this page as they develop.  We encourage you to check our admissions requirements page often.

Please note the new application deadline for Fall 2015 applications:  December 1, 2014. 


Upcoming Events:

Information Session
Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am to noon
Ahmanson Auditorium

This session will have a presentation on education and training in the field of Clinical Art Therapy followed by a question-and-answer panel with current students and alumni.  This information session is free.  To RSVP, please email lgloyd@lmu.edu.

Art Psychotherapy Workshop
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
McIntosh Center
Fee:  TBA

Through case presentations and experiential activities, this workshop will explore the use of art therapy with various populations.  To be on our mailing list to receive fee information and registration materials, please email your request to lgloyd@lmu.edu.



The Third Annual Art Therapy Research Symposium

The Third Annual Art Therapy Research Symposium was held on May 3, 2014, and featured keynote speaker Nancy Gerber Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPC who spoke on Art Therapy Doctoral Education: Past, Present, Future.


‌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.



Arts in Psychotherapy

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.


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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