Our Mission

About the HBL Art Therapy Clinic

The Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic is part of the Department of Marital and Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Art Therapy, in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University. The HBL Art Therapy Clinic’s mission is to serve the community by offering a spectrum of clinical art therapy interventions to underserved children and families who have experienced trauma or are facing serious obstacles in life. Services occur primarily within the community with some services being offered online and on the LMU campus.

Programmatic and budgetary decisions related to the HBL Art Therapy Clinic are a collaborative process between the Clinical Director, the Department’s Chair and core faculty which serves as the Clinic’s Advisory Council. The Clinical Director works with the Leadership Team, including Assistant Director, Lead HBL Clinicians, Clinical Supervisors and when appropriate the Department’s Practicum Coordinator, to coordinate and facilitate art therapy services to communities and offer training opportunities to the department’s art therapy graduate student trainees. Art Therapy services are provided by licensed art therapists and students who are supervised by licensed therapists with general, professional, and internship liability covered by the university. 

Programs/partnerships are explored and evaluated on a semester basis. Decisions to continue current programs and introduce new programs are based on semester review, alignment with the clinic, department, university mission, as well as resources and capacities.

Funding is supported by the HBL Art Therapy Clinic Council members as well as philanthropic partners who are managed by the CFA Director of Development. Funding sources include private donations, grant funding, foundation funding and endowed account funds. Endowment funds are allocated to covering Clinic Leadership salaries and operating expenses. Other programs are based on the availability of outside funding.