The Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic provides practicum training opportunities for students enrolled in the Marital & Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Art Therapy Program. The Clinic contracts with outreach programs, schools and other organizations that lack the means to provide needed mental health services to underserved communities. Art therapy is provided to marginalized populations at designated sites by LMU students who receive supervision, support, and clinical training through the Clinic. A wide range of clinical issues are addressed including exposure to trauma and violence, vulnerability due to poverty, marginalization due to immigration or unhoused status, incarceration and the resulting symptoms of hopelessness, depression & anxiety. Using a strength-based approach, LMU students provide much needed services in the community that embody LMU's mission to promote social justice & Helen Landgarten’s vision to support those facing serious obstacles in life.
Hundreds or hours of clinical services are currently provided though the clinic's art therapy program. These services are provided at the following practicum sites:
■ Catholic Schools Collaborative: Providing group, individual and family clinical art therapy services for underserved & vulnerable k-8 school communities near Downtown LA, Boyle Heights & South Los Angeles.
■ Central Juvenile Hall High School: Providing group & individual clinical art therapy services for incarcerated and displaced youth involved in the legal system.
■ HOLA: Heart of Los Angeles in the Rampart District: Providing individual and group clinical art therapy services to at-risk youth connected to the community center's after-school program & the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles YOLA program.
■ Proyecto Pastoral in Boyle Heights: Providing clinical art therapy services in Spanish for a community-based organization in their IMPACTO youth development program, Early Childhood Education Centers and the Guadalupe Homeless Project which provides emergency services, shelter, and sanctuary for unhoused refugees & elderly women.
■ Thomas Riley Continuation High School in Watts: Providing individual, group and family clinical art therapy services for at-risk pregnant and parenting teens.
■ Toberman Settlement House in San Pedro: Providing individual and group clinical art therapy services to at-risk youth connected to the community center's after-school assistance, food pantry and gang prevention programs.