Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Art Therapy Concentration

Rachel Brandoff, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC, LCAT

Contact

4201 Henry Avenue
East Falls Campus
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Art Therapy Concentration

Biography

Dr. Brandoff is a board-certified, registered, New York State-licensed art therapist and supervisor. She has a doctorate in Expressive therapies and a masters in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University and has experience working in a variety of settings with many different populations experiencing trauma and major life changes.  In addition to her clinical work, she has taught psychology and art therapy in several undergraduate and graduate programs since 2004. She was a founder of the Expressive Therapies Summit, an annual professional conference launched in NYC in 2010, and served for a decade as the Ethics Chair on the board of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA). She has maintained a private clinical practice for 12 years and provides supervision and consultation to art therapists at all stages of career.

Publications

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed

  • Brandoff, R. (except with minor revisions). Racial bias in paint: The ethics of art materials. Art Therapy.
  • Brandoff, R. (2021). Complicated Grief and Art Therapy. In V. Huet & L. Kapitan (Eds.), International Advances in Art Therapy Research and Practice: The Emerging Picture. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Brandoff, R. & Lombardi, R. (2016). Technology-Facilitated Art Therapy Supervision.  In R.L. Garner (Ed.), Digital Art Therapy: Materials, Methods and Applications. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Brandoff, R. & Lombardi, R. (2012). Miles Apart: Two Art Therapists’ Experience of Distance Supervision. Art Therapy, 29(2), 93-96. doi:10.1080/07421656.2012.683729

Non-Peer-Reviewed

  • Brandoff, R. (2020). PAATA and Telehealth in the age of COVID-19. Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association Newsletter.
  • Brandoff, R. & Kepic, M. (2020). Counseling Women with Body Image Concerns. In S. Degges-White, M., Kepic, K., Hermann-Turner, & W. Killam (Eds.), Counseling the Contemporary Woman: Interventions and Strategies across the Lifespan.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Brandoff, R. (2019). The Art of Grief. In C. Heilbrunn (Ed.), What Happens When the Analyst Dies: Unexpected Terminations in Psychoanalysis.  New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Brandoff, R. & Thompson, A. (2019). Quick & Creative Art Projects for (Very) Limited Budgets. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Brandoff, R. (2016). Creativity in Art Therapy. In N. Silton (Ed.), Exploring the Benefits of Creativity in Business, Media and the Arts.  Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0504-4.ch015

Guest Editing

Peer-Reviewed

Mentoring

Dr. Brandoff actively promotes the value of mentoring within the counseling field and the CTC program. Dr. Brandoff mentors current and former CTC students and new professionals, by working with them on writing towards publication, inviting their participation on her research initiatives, and encouraging their own research.

Supervision

Dr. Brandoff has taken the following formal educational and clinical courses (in addition to regularly ongoing continuing education in supervision as demanded by her supervisory credential in art therapy) to be prepared to serve as a clinical supervisor to mental health professionals and trainees in counseling:

Relevant Courses Taken

  • GEXTP 8005: Supervision in Expressive Therapies
    Lesley University, Spring 2010, Doctoral Level Course
  • GEXTP 7999: Independent Study in Counselor Supervision
    Lesley University, Fall 2010, Doctoral Level Course

Experience

  • Graduate Level: Internship II in Community and Trauma Counseling
    Thomas Jefferson University, Spring 2018, CTC Program
  • Graduate Level: Internship I in Community and Trauma Counseling
    Thomas Jefferson University, Fall 2017, CTC Program
  • Graduate Course: Internship II field experience
    College of New Rochelle, Spring 2009, 2010, Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy
  • Graduate Course: Supervision in Practicum field experience
    College of New Rochelle, Spring 2009, Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy
  • Graduate Course: Internship I field experience
    College of New Rochelle, Fall 2008, 2009, Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy
  • Undergraduate Independent Study: Internship Supervision
    Marymount Manhattan College, 2008 – 2012, Art Therapy Minor in Psychology Program

Teaching

Courses Taught at Jefferson

  • Ethics, Orientation and Professional Standards in Art Therapy
  • Studio Techniques and Materials in Art Therapy
  • Practicum II - Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • Internship I - Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • Internship II -Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • Advanced Groups, Couples & Families in Art Therapy Practice (course is retired, and now is: Groupwork in Counseling and Art Therapy)
  • Counseling and Art Therapy Assessment
  • Art Therapy Assessment
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Undergraduate course: Introduction to Art Therapy

Additional Courses Taught at other Colleges & Universities

  • Psychopathology- College of New Rochelle
  • Research and Evaluation – Lesley University
  • Ethics and Standards in Clinical Practice– Lesley University
  • Undergrad course: Intro to Human Service Professions – Lesley University
  • Undergrad course: Principles of Art Therapy – Lesley University
  • Undergrad course: Art Therapy with Specific Populations – Lesley University
  • Undergrad course: Clinical and Social Psychology- Marymount Manhattan College
  • Undergrad course: Intro to Creative Arts Therapy- Marymount Manhattan College
  • Undergrad course: Gen. Psych- Marymount Manhattan College & CUNY Hostos

Research & Scholarship

Areas of Interest: Grief & bereavement; Tele-supervision & distance supervision in counseling and art therapy; Art in healthcare, arts in healing; Ethics in practice; Immersive art experiences as tools in healing and accessibility; Birth stories as a tool for building empathy; Narrative therapy, storytelling, graphic medicine, and comics in therapy; Enhancing creativity for healing and functioning; Film making as a tool in education & training of clinicians; Advocacy in education and clinical practice; Clinical approaches to working with survivors of traumatic abuse; Editorial review in my subject areas.

Grants

  • Thomas Jefferson University, Nexus Learning Grant - $6,000 funded
    Project Title: Health and the Art Experience- Course Development

Leadership & Advocacy

Leadership & Service

Local

  • Chair, Academic & Professional Standards (APS) Committee, CTC Program at Thomas Jefferson University, 1/2017- present.
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Council, Thomas Jefferson University Committee, 3/2021- present.
  • Member, Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, 7/2019- 6/2021.
  • Member, Ad-Hoc Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, 7/2021- present.

Regional

  • Member, Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), 2017 – Present.
  • Member, Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association (PAATA), 2017 – Present.
  • Founder/Administrator, Philadelphia Area Coalition for Creative Arts Therapists (PACCAT), 2018 – Present.
  • Ethics Chair, New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA), 2009 – 2017.
  • Member, New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA), 2004 – Present.
  • Recording Secretary, New York Coalition of Creative Arts Therapists (NYCCAT), 2004 – 2007.
  • Member, New York Coalition of Creative Arts Therapists (NYCCAT), 2004 – Present.
  • Taskforce member, NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare (Chapter of SAH), 2011-2012
  • Member, Strategic Task Force on Trauma and Mental Health, US DHHS Region II, Office of Women’s Health, 2008-2012
  • Student Liaison, New England Art Therapy Association (NEATA), 2003-2004

National

  • Member, American Counseling Association (ACA), 2018 – Present.
  • Member, Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), 2018 – Present.
  • Member, American Art Therapy Association (AATA), 2002 – Present.
  • Scholarship Committee, American Art Therapy Association (AATA), 2021 – Present.
  • New Media Committee, American Art Therapy Association (AATA), 2012 – Present.
  • Conference Committee, American Art Therapy Association (AATA), 2008 – Present.
  • Member, Coalition for Art Therapy Educators (CATE), 2010- Present.
  • Job Analysis Committee, Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), 2012 – 2013.

Advising

Dr. Brandoff has advised 10 to 15 counseling students each academic year in the Community and Trauma Counseling since 2017.

Counseling

Dr. Brandoff earned a doctorate degree from Lesley University’s Expressive Therapies Program in 2018, and a master’s degree in Lesley University’s Mental Health Counseling program with a specialization in Art Therapy in 2004. She is a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) in New York, where the focus of her clinical work has been and is credentialed as a registered, board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a credentialed supervisor (ATCS) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). Dr. Brandoff has over 17 years of counseling experience, working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds in healthcare, community agencies, and in private practice. Dr. Brandoff has primarily served adults who have experienced trauma and grief or are coming out of other crisis situations.