GW Graduate Art Therapy Program

GW Graduate Art Therapy Program Graduate Art Therapy Program at The George Washington University
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Since the dawn of human consciousness, people have created art to communicate personal and universal concepts. Art therapy as a profession combines art making with psychological concepts in order to access an individual or group's internal resources that can then aid in healing the mind and body, and even the community. The graduate program in art therapy, established at The George Washington Univ

ersity in 1971, was one of the first to be developed in the United States and to receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association. Our philosophy has been influenced by the teachings of the founders of art therapy who have been associated with the development of our program—Edith Kramer, Hanna Yaxa Kwiatkowska, Bernard Levy and Elinor Ulman. We believe the art therapist's unique competence lies in the capacity to use art therapeutically, to offer people the experience of making art and the opportunity to gain the insights that may come through this kind of endeavor. While the art therapist works in varied settings and serves a myriad of populations, we believe that art therapy must maintain a firm base in the visual arts. The expressive use of drawing, painting and sculpture is the heart of the Art Therapy program at GW.

Celebrating!!!
05/17/2024

Celebrating!!!

GW Awardees
05/17/2024

GW Awardees

Graduation Starting!
05/17/2024

Graduation Starting!

  ARTH 6235 Social and Cultural Diversity Class field trip to the  (Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian...
04/21/2024

ARTH 6235 Social and Cultural Diversity Class field trip to the (Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian) special exhibition - Robert Houle: . As part of developing cultural humility, students appreciated how the artist developed his own form of “transcultural art” to synthesize Indigenous and Euro-American art making for expressing cultural pride and healing from racial trauma.
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https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item?id=991

Congratulations to the   students on presenting their research at  the  Research Showcase
04/16/2024

Congratulations to the students on presenting their research at the Research Showcase

Tally Tripp’s Memorial In-person and OnlineIn-Person WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2024TIME: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PMWHERE: Trinit...
04/13/2024

Tally Tripp’s Memorial
In-person and Online

In-Person
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2024
TIME: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church
2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302

Online
For those unable to attend in person, you can watch the service via YouTube at this link:
https://www.youtube.com//streams

The livestream should appear on that webpage a few minutes before the service begins, though you may need to click “Watch Live” if it doesn’t start automatically. This link is also where the service will be archived and available to watch at a later time.

  students and faculty exhibit their art expressing their experiences as international students at the  2024   🎨After th...
02/22/2024

students and faculty exhibit their art expressing their experiences as international students at the 2024
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After the summit ends, the exhibition will be on view at at the gallery

Potomac Art Therapy Association- PATA is hosting a virtual info session to answer questions about the new DC Professiona...
02/15/2024

Potomac Art Therapy Association- PATA is hosting a virtual info session to answer questions about the new DC Professional and Graduate Art Therapy Licenses

As you may have gathered, PATA has been in hibernation since the pandemic and is now in a rebuilding phase. We are happy to kick off this phase by reconnecting to share important information about the DC Art Therapy License.

Now that the DC Art Therapy License application is available, we know that people have questions. Join us for an informational session to get your questions answered on becoming a Licensed Graduate Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Art Therapist. All art therapists currently working in DC or who plan to - and those who just want information - are welcome to join. Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

For the application and regulations, you can visit the DC Board of Professional Counseling website at:
https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/professional-counseling-licensing

We look forward to answering your questions live on Zoom on Thursday, 22 February 7pm ET.

Please email [email protected] for Zoom link.

  facilitating an arts-based experiential workshop at   in partnership with  to honor Dr. King’s call “to transform the ...
01/16/2024

facilitating an arts-based experiential workshop at in partnership with to honor Dr. King’s call “to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood”
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50 participants created murals of injustice, transformed them into visions of justice, and identified how their art making strategies inform meaningful actions
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King, M. L. (1967, April 4). Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence. https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

You asked- we answered! In partnership with  GW Art Therapy Clinic is thrilled to announce a monthly GW student art club...
01/03/2024

You asked- we answered! In partnership with GW Art Therapy Clinic is thrilled to announce a monthly GW student art club! The second Friday of the month, join us at the textile museum from 12-1 pm for open studio creative time. Bring your art supplies and creativity!

Spring semester dates: 1/12/24, 2/9/24, 3/8/24, and 4/12/24

ATTENTION GW STUDENTS: We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with  to host a student art club the second Fr...
12/18/2023

ATTENTION GW STUDENTS:

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with to host a student art club the second Friday of every month at noon! Our kickoff will be January 12th in the learning center (swipe to see the space!) stay tuned for an official flyer with more information.

In Honor of Tally TrippAs many of you might have heard already, Tally Tripp, died yesterday, December 6, 2023, in Alexan...
12/07/2023

In Honor of Tally Tripp

As many of you might have heard already, Tally Tripp, died yesterday, December 6, 2023, in Alexandria, VA. Tally, with her family, Mark, Olivia, and Camille, had been fighting cancer for many months, and it came as a shock for everyone when her condition worsened. She was surrounded by her family and two close friends. Mark stated, "We all told Tally what she had given to our lives and let her know that we loved her dearly. In the end it was a beautiful, peaceful passing, though no less heartbreaking."

When details are provided for the service to honor and celebrate Tally, we will pass along the information.

Tally was a student in the GW Art Therapy Program in one of the first cohorts (MA 1978-1981). She was taught by some of the field's founders and pioneers including Elinor Ulman, Bernard Levy, Hana Kwiatkowska, and Edith Kramer. She remained connected to GW throughout the years as a Clinical Field Instructor (1981-1986), Staff Counselor and Art Therapist at the GW University Counseling Center (1987-1990), Adjunct Professor (1992-2005), and then as full-time Faculty (2005-2021), and GW Art Therapy Clinic Director (2008-2021).

Tally loved teaching and interacting with students, sharing her expertise with clients healing from complicated trauma. She also took students to South Africa as part of the study abroad program, training them how to integrate art therapy into other cultures.

Tally was an integral part of our art therapy faculty team and we greatly missed her energy, positivity, warmth, and smile when she retired. We will now miss her presence and spirit in this world.

I have included some photos of Tally throughout the years.
Please feel free to post your own photo memories of Tally in the Comments section.

GW Art Therapy Clinic announcement: drop-in open studio will be held on December 4th, 11th, and 18th! We will then pause...
11/28/2023

GW Art Therapy Clinic announcement: drop-in open studio will be held on December 4th, 11th, and 18th! We will then pause for the holidays and school closures, and resume January 22nd 2024.

Could you use some nurturing and time to reflect on your goals? Join GW’s art therapy clinic for a free virtual workshop...
11/10/2023

Could you use some nurturing and time to reflect on your goals? Join GW’s art therapy clinic for a free virtual workshop January 19th! This event is open to all individuals living in the DC Metro area. To register email the clinic at [email protected]

The holidays are upon us and as they draw near we may feel ourselves becoming stressed and aware of our need to set boun...
11/02/2023

The holidays are upon us and as they draw near we may feel ourselves becoming stressed and aware of our need to set boundaries. Could you use some support in identifying coping strategies? Join GW Art Therapy Clinic for a virtual Unwrap Your Holiday Stress Workshop on December 1st! This free event is open to DC Metro area residents. Email the clinic at [email protected] to register.

AATA Conference fun!Alumni, Faculty, and Student Get Together
10/29/2023

AATA Conference fun!

Alumni, Faculty, and Student Get Together

GW at the American Art Therapy Conference Opening Plenary Session Alumna Deanna Barton presenting community work in Flor...
10/26/2023

GW at the American Art Therapy Conference
Opening Plenary Session
Alumna Deanna Barton presenting community work in Florida

Join us at the AATA Conference for our Alumni/Faculty/Student Get Together!We will be meeting Friday, October 27, 2023 a...
10/23/2023

Join us at the AATA Conference for our Alumni/Faculty/Student Get Together!

We will be meeting Friday, October 27, 2023 at the Monkey Bar (on-site hotel) from 5-7pm. Stop by, connect with others, have some refreshments, and pick up a small gift from us.

Hope to see you there!

This semester the GW Art Therapy Clinic is offering a virtual group art therapy opportunity, Caring for the Caregiver, w...
09/15/2023

This semester the GW Art Therapy Clinic is offering a virtual group art therapy opportunity, Caring for the Caregiver, which will consist of six virtual, open studio sessions. Sessions are intended for caregivers of individuals experiencing rare disease, neurodevelopmental differences, chronic health concerns, and extra needs. This free opportunity is for caregivers residing in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region during the duration of the program. The sessions will take place Tuesdays from 12pm-1:15pm October 10th- November 14th, 2023. Sessions are drop-in, and attendance is encouraged for maintaining support, but not mandatory for all six dates. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the group, please email the GW Art Therapy Clinic at [email protected]

Incoming Class of 2023! Have a great year!
08/30/2023

Incoming Class of 2023! Have a great year!

Join   Associate Professor Jordan Potash as he presents “Art Therapists as Peacebuilders” - Valery Daniels Memorial Lect...
08/29/2023

Join Associate Professor Jordan Potash as he presents “Art Therapists as Peacebuilders” - Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture ~ Art Therapy, School of Visual Arts ( ), NYC
Mon, 18 September 6-8pm, virtual (free)
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Registration link:
https://sva.edu/preview/event/10069
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Also, check out his new co-authored article on peacebuilding: Art Therapists as Activists in Social Movements (Jordan S. Potash and Debra L. Kalmanowitz, 2023)
https://doi.org/10.1177/15423166231193150

GW Art Therapy Award WinnersCaity Razzano and Mari Oliveira Esteves
05/19/2023

GW Art Therapy Award Winners
Caity Razzano and Mari Oliveira Esteves

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Since the dawn of human consciousness, people have created art to communicate personal and universal concepts. Art therapy as a profession combines art making with psychological concepts in order to access an individual or group's internal resources that can then aid in healing the mind and body, and even the community. The graduate program in art therapy, established at The George Washington University in 1971, was one of the first to be developed in the United States and to receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association. Our philosophy has been influenced by the teachings of the founders of art therapy who have been associated with the development of our program—Edith Kramer, Hanna Yaxa Kwiatkowska, Bernard Levy and Elinor Ulman. We believe the art therapist's unique competence lies in the capacity to use art therapeutically, to offer people the experience of making art and the opportunity to gain the insights that may come through this kind of endeavor. While the art therapist works in varied settings and serves a myriad of populations, we believe that art therapy must maintain a firm base in the visual arts. The expressive use of drawing, painting and sculpture is the heart of the Art Therapy program at GW.



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