Stephen K. Levine
Stephen K. Levine, Ph.D., D.S.Sc., is Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Social and Political Thought at York University and Founding Dean of Doctoral Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Steve is a psychotherapy graduate of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, and was a post-doctoral Fellow in Expressive Therapy at Lesley University Graduate School. He is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).
Steve is a poet, actor and clown. He is the author of Poiesis: The Language of Psychology and the Speech of the Soul; Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering; co-author of Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Towards a Therapeutic Aesthetics; co-editor of Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives; founding editor of Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, co-founder of IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association); and co-founder of The Create Institute.
Lisa Herman, M.Sc., Ph.D., REAT has been practicing, teaching and supervising psychotherapy for almost 40 years both privately and in community agencies in Canada, the U.S., and Israel. She is a certified member of the Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor in California. A professional actor (stage, film and television), a teacher of expressive arts therapy, a published writer of both fiction and non-fiction, Lisa also maintains a private practice. As well as her position at The CREATE Institute, she is Executive Core Faculty, Director of Creative Expression at the Institute for Transpersonal Studies in Palo Alto a faculty member at Meridian University in Petaluma, adjunct faculty at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and a dissertation advisor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Elizabeth McKim, M.A. is a poet-performer and teacher, well-known particularly to Boston audiences. She works out of the oral tradition of song, story, and poetry. She has published four books of poetry and has worked with children and teachers throughout the USA and internationally. She is the Poet Laureate at EGS and an adjunct Faculty member at Lesley University in the Department of Creative Arts in Learning.
Paolo Knill, Ph.D., Dr. h.c. was born in 1932 in Switzerland. He is Provost of the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland and Professor Emeritus at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He has degrees in Science, Musicology and Psychology. He has worked as a Psychotherapist and is currently a practicing Supervisor, Musician and Performance Artist.
He is the founder of ISIS Switzerland and the Network of Expressive Arts Training Centers. As a teacher and artist, he has traveled and published internationally, including the books Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy and Minstrels of Soul. His music is available on CDs (most recent: Syncopated Synapse).
He was honored by the International Association of Expressive Arts Therapy as a pioneer of the field and is an honorary member of the “Berufsverbandes der Musiktherapeuten “ in Germany as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Ascona Scientific Association.
His latest book co-authored with Herbert Eberhart is titled Lösungskunst.
Melanie Nesbitt, ADTR, CAGS, RP, is a teacher, supervisor, and clinician in private practice in Canada, the U.S, and Israel where she worked with victims of terror. Her practice also includes children with special needs such as asperger’s syndrome, adolescents with mood disorders and adults experiencing depression and post-traumatic stress.
A graduate of York University and European Graduate School (CAGS), she is an accredited dance/movement therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. She taught eight years at York University and guest lectured at McMaster addressing medical students on the outcome of non-verbal interaction with patients. She also lectured at Ryerson and Waterloo Universities. As a researcher, she has studied parent/child interaction, speech stimulation and movement with the aging population. Melanie’s artistic training includes years of performing in music, dance, drama and voice on stage and television.
Nancy Minden has worked as a teacher, music therapist, musician, actor, and psychotherapist. Her formal education includes a BA in Dance from York University, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, teacher certification from University of Alberta, and an M.Ed in Applied Psychology from OISE. Her informal education includes her marriage to David for 40 years and raising 3 sons together. Nancy and David have just returned to Canada after 5 years of volunteering at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Nancy currently runs a program called Music Mosaic for elders (combining story, insights and song), runs a small private practice offering psychotherapeutic services, and facilitates intensive training workshops on the therapeutic use of music.
Christine Isherwood, BA (Hons) UK, Singer-Songwriter, Dip. Assertiveness Trainer, VMT-R, is Director of the Training in Voice Movement Therapy USA. For the past 20 years she has been engaged in teaching Voice Movement Therapy, working with individual clients, teaching workshops internationally, and supervising VMT students and practitioners. Previous experience includes work with street homeless people in Central London, as a mental health counsellor, group facilitator and trainer. She has written and performed in political musicals, toured the UK and Europe with theatre groups and bands, and recorded on several albums.
David is a versatile and dynamic group facilitator and psychotherapist. He has a degree (UBC) and a past career in Filmmaking and he earned his MFA in Drama Therapy from Concordia University (Montreal). The last 8 years, he has been working at INTEGRA (C.D.I.), a mental health centre serving children, teens, and families with Learning Disabilities, as a Child and Family Clinician and Mindfulness Martial Arts Instructor. He is currently the founder, coordinator, and chief instructor of "Young Warriors" a therapeutic life skills program for tweens struggling with LD/MH issues. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Inspired Playback Theatre Co. (www.inspiredplayback.com) an improv theatre company dedicated to bringing to life and honouring the stories of diverse peoples who have not often been heard (like: refugees, survivors of trauma, children, seniors, and convicts). You can find out more about David here: www.davidjurasek.com
Carrie MacLeod integrates the arts in education, leadership development and social action projects around the globe. Her work focuses on peace and reconciliation initiatives in post-war contexts and within refugee resettlement programs in Canada. In Vancouver she is the Coordinator for the Enacting Resilience project at the University of British Columbia and teaches in the Vancouver Expressive Arts Program. At the European Graduate School she is on the Faculty of the MA Program in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Her latest co-edited book The Choreography of Resolution – Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience has recently been released by the American Bar Association.
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