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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The Expressive Therapies Continuum: Integration and Application for helping professionals and artists

Featuring Megan Van Meter, MA, LPC-AT/S, ATR-BC from Austin, TX

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 8:30-4:00 $95 payable at the door-

Email Joan Phillips ( to reserve a spot; held at Norman Regional Hospital Education Center on N. Porter in Norman

6 ceu's approved for LPC/LMFT

This experiential workshop will introduce you to the Expressive Therapies Continuum as a brain-based framework for understanding the relationship between creativity and integration. Conceptualized in the 1970s by ahead-of-their-time art therapy pioneers (and my graduate professors!) Sandra Kagin and Vija Lusebrink, the ETC is a developmentally integrative assessment and treatment model that identifies an optimally functioning individual as someone who is able to process and organize information simultaneously at Kinesthetic/Sensory, Perceptual/Affective, and Cognitive/Symbolic levels.

In her own words:

I provide clinical art therapy services to students in an area school district, but I also offer experiential professional development opportunities to my fellow therapists who are also working in the trenches to improve cognitive/emotional/behavioral functioning one person at a time.
Many therapists engage in personal artmaking on the side-and for a variety of reasons, but they seldom cite "integration" as one of them. The topics of creativity and integration have become increasingly popular in mental health practice, and therapists of all kinds are being encouraged to cultivate both in order to support the cultivation of these qualities in their clients. Although they're not new clinical concepts, creativity and integration are rarely seen paired together outside of art therapy literature. Regardless, the ability to concurrently process and organize information at physical, emotional, and intellectual levels is at the heart of integrative work, and the act of creating can enhance that ability-if the therapist-artist understands how to approach personal artmaking in a way that balances her or his information processing biases, which may unintentionally impact work with others.


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).