Art Therapy at Jefferson: A Note from the Coordinator
Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson University, Community and Trauma Counseling: Art of Art Therapy Show.
This is the first time that the Community and Trauma Counseling program and Art Therapy concentration at Jefferson has hosted an art show online, and we’re proud to be sharing our creativity via Jefferson's website.
The Art therapy concentration at Jefferson is aptly centered in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program. We train trauma-responsive clinicians in counseling and art therapy in our master's program, and also in a post-master's certificate program! At Jefferson, students merge an understanding of ethical practice in art therapy, studio techniques, art assessments, the neurobiology of trauma, and advanced interventions to emerge as trauma-trained clinicians who are shifting the balance on what it means to be trauma prepared in our field.
If you would like to learn more about our program, I am happy to meet with you personally to discuss it and see if it may be the right fit for you. We hope you enjoy this show—a modest amount of the creativity we have flowing through our program.
Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
Assistant Professor, Community & Trauma Counseling Program
Coordinator, Art Therapy Concentration
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This art show celebrates the creative efforts of Jefferson Community and Trauma Counseling, Art Therapy concentration students, alumni, and faculty. The artwork here was inspired by personal growth and clinical learning. Through artmaking, art therapists deepen their appreciation and understanding of the human experience. The following contains imagery that may be evocative.
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What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a mental health profession, in which masters-level trained clinicians employ visual art materials to help clients. Art therapists tap into client’s inherent creativity as a way of helping them to process trauma, identify goals, increase self-awareness, gain coping skills, minimize symptoms, improve self-esteem, develop communication strategies, and better their quality of life.
Art therapists treat a broad spectrum of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, seniors, as well as couples, families, and groups. Clients in art therapy come from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, and are dealing with a variety of psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and physical challenges. There is no need for prior experience or skill in art to engage in and benefit from art therapy. All people have the capacity for creativity, and it is one of our greatest tools in understanding ourselves and shaping the lives that we want to live. Art therapists can help clients harness their creative potential in the service of themselves.
Art Show Curators
This Art Show was made possible by the following students and faculty members.
Kelly Abramowitz is a current student in the Community and Trauma Counseling Master’s Program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also a part of the art therapy specialization. Before attending Jefferson, Kelly graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Art History and a minor in Fine Arts. Last year, she completed her first art therapy experience at the outpatient center of Magee Rehabilitation, working with people in physical rehabilitation treatment. Currently, Kelly is an intern at Family House NOW, a residential treatment facility for pregnant women or women with children experiencing mental health disorders, including substance use. Kelly is interested in using art and art therapy as a part of holistic and trauma-informed treatment.
Shea Andrews is a University of the Arts alumni. She graduated from UArts in 2017 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a minor in Art Therapy. Currently, Shea is a second-year graduate student in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is taking two specializations in Art Therapy and Trauma, Addictions and Recovery. She is an intern at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health. During her internship experience, Shea has worked with clients of all age groups. Shea intends on becoming a board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor. Ceramics has always been her go-to medium for creating art. She feels it is a release of expression when working with art materials.
Kelly Clement is a second-year graduate student at Thomas Jefferson University in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program with specializations in Art Therapy and Play Therapy. She is currently interning at The Crefeld School in Chestnut Hill, PA. Upon graduation, Kelly plans to pursue her LPC, ATR-BC and RPT and PhD. Kelly’s academic interests include the intersectionality of art and play therapy, dream work, and incorporating spirituality into counseling. When not studying, Kelly spends time with her faithful pup, Mr. Moose. She also enjoys reading, gardening and calligraphy.
Ricquel Rayuana Rolle is a second-year graduate student in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Thomas Jefferson University. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ricquel decided to specialize in Art Therapy at Jefferson because of her personal experience using art to heal. Ricquel knows art is an amazing tool to help people examine and understand their experiences. Currently, Ricquel interns at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where she treats patients recovering from traumatic life experiences. Following graduation, Ricquel plans on using her unique expertise and knowledge to educate her community about mental health, psychotherapy, and the positive impact art can have on well-being.
Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, is an Assistant Professor in Community and Trauma Counseling and Coordinator of the Art Therapy Concentration at Thomas Jefferson University. She has taught at several schools and trains trauma-responsive art therapists. Rachel is a co-founder and the original Executive Coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Summit, a NYC-based interdisciplinary professional conference. She served for a decade as the Ethics Chair for the New York Art Therapy Association board, and has held various other service positions in professional organizations. She has experience with a wide array of clinical populations and has specialized with individuals and families coming out of crisis, facing life transitions and coping with trauma. Rachel has published several book chapters and one book, Quick & Creative Art Projects for (Very) Limited Budgets (2019), and maintains a private clinical telehealth practice.
Interested in Studying Art Therapy?
Students at Jefferson study the most current theory and research in art therapy through a social equity framework. Our instructors are active in the field and bring diverse clinical experience to the classroom. Our masters and post-masters professional certificate programs prepare graduates for national art therapy credentials through the ATCB. Jefferson’s art therapy concentration is embedded into the exceptionally unique Community and Trauma Counseling program, which prepares students for state licensure and national counseling certification. Learn more by visiting our program pages.