The Center for Psyche & the Arts, LLC co-founders, Mark and Michelle Dean, speak regularly to consumers and professionals about mental health issues and the use of art and creative process in recovery. Mark and Michelle have been presenting at corporations, schools, clinical settings, and national conferences for nearly twenty years. They are dynamic and engaging presenters with much favorable feedback from participants. Each of them addresses particular areas of expertise. If you are interested in inviting having Mark or Michelle come to your school or agency, kindly email or phone us.
Art Therapy 101: A School Program for Students Interested in Pursuing a Career in Art Therapy (for HS, undergraduate students, and their parents)
Art Media and its Applications in Psychotherapy (Specific topics available, examples include: Book Binding, Building memories with srapbooks, Printmaking a reflective process, Painting with active imagination, Dioramas as a means to support the process of grief and bereavement, Mask making with trauma survivors, 3-D group work)
Building a Private Practice: Creating a Career that is Right for You!
Caring for the Caregiver
Creative Destruction: Understanding Self-Injury and Treatment
Corporate Trainings: Team Building, Communication, and Effective Problem Solving
Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention
Jungian Psychotherapy and Art Therapy
The Importance of the Creative Arts in Schools, Work, and Home Environments
Psychological Significance of Fairytales and their Applications in Clinical Practice
Tending the Emaciated Imagination: Transforming Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Narrative
Trauma Response and Recovery
Receive one to one supervision, or join our professional supervision groups, to improve your skills and confidence. Mark and Michelle both hold the ATR-BC credential as well as the Pennsylvania LPC. Hours of supervision may be applied to ATR and LPC requirements. Please check your credentialing agency for specific requirements for your State. The National Board of Certified Counselors provides the following Directory for State Boards, so you may confirm requirements in your area.
Limited opportunities are available for distance supervision through encrypted sites such as Skype with Mark or Michelle. For those wishing to engage in distance supervision in order to gain expertise in working with children, adolescents, and adults, families, and groups with art therapy, with particular focus on Jungian and a depth psychological framework. In particular, Mark and Michelle have experience supervising those working individuals with issues related to trauma, eating disorders, mood, and substance issues as well as adjustment and development disorders.
The Following are Recommendations for Distance Supervision from the Art Therapy Credentials Board:
The ATCB is aware of the growing need for guidelines regarding distance supervision. The ATCB proposes the following recommendations, should prospective credential holders find distance supervision to be a preferred means of completing post-graduate hours or licensure requirements:
1. The ATCB acknowledges that in-person supervision should be the primary means of clinical supervision for art therapists.
2. The ATCB recommends that distance supervision, as a stand-alone form of supervision, occur only when particular situations and circumstance prevent the art therapist from participating in in-person supervision or a hybrid form of supervision. The following are examples of situations in which stand-alone distance supervision might be necessary:
a. When there are no art therapists qualified to do supervision within 100 miles of the supervisee, or
b. When the supervisee, due to physical or other limitations, is unable to travel, or
c. When international supervision is necessary, or
d. When other unforeseen limitations occur that prevent the supervisee from attaining in-person supervision.
3. Should distance supervision be used in conjunction with in-person supervision or as a stand-alone form of supervision, the supervisor and supervisee should consider the following recommendations:
a. The supervisor and supervisee should be aware of their own particular state and/or national licensing requirements pertaining to distance supervision and follow those guidelines. The ATCB is not responsible for state licensing requirements.
b. When using the Internet, the supervisor and supervisee should obtain encrypted software or use secure servers to transfer clinical files, artwork and information. All transfer of electronic information must be sent in an encrypted state.
c. All written, audio, and video correspondence should be conducted through secure and encrypted formats and /or servers.
The ATCB is aware that there are many means of conducting safe, and confidential supervision through the Internet. The ATCB does not endorse any particular software, platform, or server to be used for encryption purposes.
Groups - Currently Enrolling
A Dream Group for Clinicians – Now Enrolling
Fourth Sunday of the Month, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. for four weeks
Explore the dream material and learn about its structure, symbolism, and relevance to the current context of the dreamer.Details & Registration >
Professional Supervision Group
First and Third Sunday of the Month, 6 - 9 PM, On going - Lansdowne Location
Use your own art, active imagination, personal imagery of dreams and fantasy, as well as creative writings, to deepen your understanding of your clinical work and professional relationships. This unique bi-monthly supervision group is for mental health professionals who are seeking to enrich their work through the use of depth psychology practices, including art making, active […]Details & Registration >
Art Therapy Support Group for Men and Women Struggling with Eating Issues
Fridays, 7 - 8:30 PM - Lansdowne Location
Support group for men and women struggling with eating disorders and food issues in Philadelphia areaDetails & Registration >