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 9 ceu's

Join us for a personalized week in Ireland, which includes two nights/three days in Dublin and the remainder at a home 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. The focus of the workshops and shared time will involve exploration, rest, creativity and self-care.

Your week will include all lodging, all breakfasts, all workshops, a guided tour of the Dingle peninsula, transportation from Dublin to Dingle, available lunch and snacks at the home, yoga with a certified instructor, creative workshops with optional 9 ceu's, and one-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. 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 plenty is included and easy to access on your own).

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
with the second person in the room at $800; or
$2,200 if you would like a queen room to yourself with no roommate.

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

Arrive in Dublin Sunday June 14 and depart Saturday or Sunday June 20/21. On days that we have tours, yoga will still be offered either before or after the tour, depending on departure and arrival times.

Dublin time is all free time with directions and help provided to guide you to any sights you would like to see (Guinness, Jameson, Trinity College, Grafton Street, parks, museums, etc.) During your free time you have many options in Dingle, 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).