Joan Phillips headshot (biography photo)Photo by Shevaun Williams
Joan Phillips received a Masters degree in Psychology from Duquesne University and another Masters degree in Art Therapy from Emporia State University. She also received her Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies/Art Therapy from the Union Institute and University in 2004. She has been a practicing art therapist for 30 years, and maintains a private practice in Norman, Oklahoma. She has credentials as an art therapist, marital and family therapist and as a counselor, and specializes in family art therapy, art therapy with sexual abuse issues and child and adolescent therapy. Joan is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma and is visiting lecturer at NYU, FSU, and other universities. She has presented professional trainings locally, nationally and internationally, and has been an invited guest of both the Korean and Taiwanese Art Therapy Associations as well as training child therapists in South Africa. She has published numerous articles and three book chapters. She is a collage and mixed media artist, and published poet. Joan has served on both the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
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Creative Engagement
A handcrafted tour to Ireland including 20 ceu's

Join us for a personalized weeklong retreat on the beautiful Dingle peninsula in Ireland. This retreat is designed to meet your interests and needs while providing a relaxing and nurturing environment. Hosted in a beautiful home in a rural area just outside Dingle town, this intimate week will involve exploration, rest, creativity and self-care.

Your week will include transportation from Tralee or Shannon into Dingle/to the house, lodging in a shared room with queen bed, cooked breakfast, lunch, and snacks, yoga with a certified instructor, creative workshops with optional 9 ceu's, and two day-tours out of Dingle. Workshops/ceu's will focus on writing, poetry, art, and self-care and are suitable for anyone- no art or writing background is needed and all materials are supplied. All sessions are optional, and you will have other free time to do more touring on your own if you wish. Please keep in mind we will be in a remote area and while traveling out of Dingle is possible, touring in Dublin or further areas is suggested either before or after your retreat week. Your costs outside of the listed retreat price will be airfare to Ireland, dinner each day, shopping, and any add-on tours that you do (keep in mind that two wonderful tours are included).

We will assist in personal arrangements and travel plans for each individual so that everything goes smoothly for you, and we are happy to give guidance in booking hotels and additional travel outside of the retreat.

Total retreat cost is:
$1,600 for a shared queen room
$2,200 if you would like a queen room to yourself with no roommate.

To hold your space, a non-refundable deposit of $600 is due by November 1, 2015.

Please select which week you would like to attend:
Week one: June 7-13, 2015
Week two: June 14-20, 2015

On days that we have tours, yoga will still be offered either before or after the tour, depending on departure and arrival times.

On your afternoon free time you have many options like taking a ferry to the Blasket Islands, doing some hiking, shopping and eating in Dingle, and pubs in Dingle in the evenings. We may arrange a visit to a potter’s studio in the nearby town of Annascaul ( Email for a detailed schedule if you would like a day by day schedule. Strolling country lanes or walking down to the beach that is within two minutes is an option. Or you could nap! Read, do art, write, lounge around, visit with other participants, etc. Renewal comes in many forms.

For information on future tours and to be notified about them please email


Interview about how Art Therapy can reduce stress

Interview in Seoul, Korea December 2010 when Dr. Phillips visited Seoul to provide training through the Department of Arts and Culture

Listen to Dr. Phillips' Interview (mp3 format).