Simone Alter Muri ATR-BC, ATCS, LMHC is the Director/Founder of the Art Therapy/Counseling, and Art Education programs at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts USA. As a Professor of Art Therapy, she holds a Doctorate in Creative Behavior, and a Masters’ degree in Art Therapy. Dr. Alter Muri has worked in the field of art therapy for over 30 years. Simone exhibits her art in galleries locally, regionally, and abroad. Her current art includes work on glass reflecting the plight of refugees, installations about barcodes and holocausts, and plein air paintings.
Her current research is on the connection between tattoos and healing. She is also known for her work in Art in Times of War and Political Trauma Art Therapy, Autism and Art Therapy and Children’s Art Development. Simone has published numerous articles, chapters in books and has presented nationally and internationally. Dr Simone Alter Muri is known for her work in post-modernism.
Kate Dodd has worked as an art therapist for 8 years in both London and Johannesburg. After moving back to South Africa in 2014, she spent time working in the NGO sector, focussing on community work with children who have experienced severe trauma, with children on the autistic spectrum as well as dyadic parent and child groups. Kate currently has a general private practice in Johannesburg working with a range of presenting issues in both children and adults including autism spectrum disorder, physical disability, trauma related issues, eating disorders, generalised anxiety, depression, PTSD and those experiencing bereavement. She is currently affiliated to the University of Pretoria, leading the development of a MA Art Therapy training in South Africa. After initially completing her BA Fine Arts (Hons) at Wits, she completed her 2 year Masters training as an art therapist at the University of Roehampton in London. Kate is a practicing artist, working in mixed media.
Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR, SEP, ANZACATA, IEATA has over 40 years experience as an art therapist. She is a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist (SEP) and is also trained in Jungian and Gestalt therapy, bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. Cornelia is a registered Art Therapist and accredited supervisor with ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Art Therapy Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association. She has published three books, several online trainings and essays in professional journals. Cornelia teaches internationally the Sensomotoric Art Therapy developed by her. She lives in Australia.
Susan Hogan is Professor of Arts and Health, University of Derby and a Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. She is a member of the advisory panel of the International Health Humanities Network, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and founding member of their SIG for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Susan is well known for her on-going interest in women’s mental-health.
Professor Ephrat Huss is a full professor who chairs an MA in Art Therapy for Social workers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has published over 80 articles and 2 theoretical and 2 edited books on art therapy within social contexts. "What we see and what we say"; Using the Arts in Social Research and Practice and- A Theory Based Textbook for Teaching Art therapy, as well as an international handbook on arts in social practice. She is now writting two additional edited books on these subjects She has currenlty received a large natioanl grant to research community art therapy and social arts. She has lectured extensivley and provided plenary lectures and webinars on art therapy in community crises worldwide.
Jonathan Isserow holds a PhD in psychoanalysis and documentary film studies from University College London (UCL), and an MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock Clinic. He is a state registered art psychotherapist who has worked extensively within child, adolescent and family psychiatry. He convenes the Art Psychotherapy programme at the University of Roehampton, London.
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, educator and researcher in the area of traumatic stress, mind/body and arts-based approaches. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, has given over 500 presentations throughout the US and internationally, and has held faculty appointments at seven universities throughout the US. Dr. Malchiodi has served as a member of the American Counseling Association Governing Council, President of the Humanistic Counseling Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association. For the last three decades she has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults and families, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based theories and methods through 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles. Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts: Brain-Wise and Body-Based Approaches to Therapy; she is the editor of Handbook of Art Therapy and Digital Technology and her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in late 2020.