Prescott College Summer Institute for Expressive Art Therapy  

Workshop Details Monday, July 22nd-Friday, August 2nd @Precott College | 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott AZ 86301 


The Expressive Art Therapy Summer Institute 

Our Summer Institute brings experts in expressive art therapy and art therapy together with students, professionals, and community members for a unique intensive learning experience. Through experiential practice, self-reflection, and collaborative learning, participants learn theories and methods of practice while exploring applications and techniques in a creative and non-judgmental environment.  

The institute provides rich opportunities to gain awareness, knowledge, and personal experience in the expressive arts and art therapy. Participants gain deeper understanding of professional applications while engaging, first hand, in creative processes that stimulate and encourage expression and reflection. All practitioners and interested community members are welcome. 

The Summer Institute Workshop presenters:

Margaret Carlock-Russo

Margaret Carlock-Russo, EdD, LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS, an art therapist since 1995, has worked with individuals with special needs for much of her career. She is Associate Faculty and Program Coordinator for Expressive Arts Therapy at Prescott College and an art therapist at Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, a life plan community in Oro Valley, AZ., where she developed the art therapy program for adults experiencing cognitive and physical decline and their families. Dr. Carlock-Russo’s clinical work focuses on self-expression and community building through utilizing creative process processing and sensory experiences with individuals and groups struggling with developmental, cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and/or behavioral concerns. Dr. Carlock-Russo also actively engages in art therapy advocacy at the state and national levels and provides consultation, workshops, and presentations nationally and internationally. She is the current president-elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and past president of the New York and Arizona Chapters of the AATA.

Joan Alpers

Joan Alpers, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS currently directs the Child Life Program at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook, New York. With over 30 years of experience, Joan has given numerous presentations and in-services to the Child Life Community, the Art Therapy Community, and the Allied Health Community. In addition, she holds adjunct graduate faculty level appointments at Hofstra University and Bank Street College and maintains a private practice on Long Island as an art therapist and sandplay practitioner. Joan specializes in the interface of child life and art therapy in a medical setting and has created a class for Hofstra University specifically addressing art therapy and child life applications for populations struggling with issues related to medical illness. Joan is an active member and past president of the Child Life Council of Greater New York. She employs a unique combination of child life philosophy, sandplay theory and art therapy techniques for children and adults in her private practice with an emphasis on medical illness, trauma, divorce and related issues of loss and bereavement.

Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, lectures internationally and is chair of the graduate Art Therapy Program at Naropa University. He has practiced and taught in various clinical and academic settings since l981 and is the founder of the Naropa Community Art Studio social engagement research project. Michael is the recipient of the American Art Therapy Association’s Distinguished Educator Award and Distinguished Service Award. His book on art as contemplative practice (SUNY Press) focuses on integrating relationships between social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation.

Cherri Epstein

Cheri Epstein, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPAT is an artist, art therapist, teacher, and SoulCollage® Facilitator. She serves as adjunct faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy program at Prescott College. Her two careers as a jewelry artist and as an art therapist inform her understanding of both the creative product and the creative process. In her studio, Cheri delights in making Gelli prints, mixed media collage, and painting. Currently, she enjoys teaching Creativity Classes through Yavapai College’s OLLI and Community Education programs.

Kathryn Kirby

Kathryn W. Kirby, M.Ed, ATR-BC (Retired) was born and raised in New Jersey, into a family that valued art, music, theater, and all things creative. She learned at an early age that creativity and self-expression were keys to a fulfilling life. She attended several colleges and universities during the turbulent 1970s, finishing up with a Master’s Degree in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University. She completed her undergrad work at Kean College of New Jersey, majoring in Art Education and Ceramics. Her love of creative expression led her to SoulCollage®, a form of self-discovery founded by the late Seena Frost. She studied under Seena and became a SoulCollage® Facilitator in 2006, and a Trainer in 2009. Kat also became a certified Creativity Coach in 2018. Kat’s studio, 2KatStudios, is her home base for offering creative workshops and classes, both privately and through the Yavapai College Community Education and OLLI programs. Kat’s long-time belief in the healing power of the arts and creative self-expression, are the keystones to her offerings both in the studio and around the globe. You can find her at www.2katstudios and  

Nicole Randick

Nicole Randick, EdD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC has her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is also a Registered and Board-Certified art therapist, National Certified Counselor, and Licensed Professional & School Counselor (MN). She obtained her Adlerian training at Adler University (M.A.) and Governors State University (Ed.D). She is currently a core faculty member and the Director of Assessment and Online Learning at Adler Graduate School in Minnetonka, MN. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Expressive Art Therapy Program at Prescott College. She has over 18-years of experience working with at-risk youth in and out of the alternative school setting. Some of her accomplishments include developing positive school programming for at-risk youth and training school personnel in student mental health issues. Nicole has presented at several national conferences on wellness, expressive arts, and school mental health. She’s well published and has contributed to several book chapters, has been published in the American Art Therapy Association Journal and the Professional School Counseling Journal. Her specialty is using the creative arts to foster an inner sense of accomplishment, increased wellness, belonging, and social interest among youth.

Patrick Thurman

Patrick Thurman was initially educated and trained as an environmental engineer and attorney. After working as an environmental attorney for 35 years, in 2013 Patrick returned to graduate school studying counseling with a focus on art therapy. 

He is now working for El Rio, a Tucson, based community health organization, as a physiotherapist. Patrick primarily provides support for patients in addiction recovery and works with patients who are HIV positive. He is also an adjunct professor for Prescott College in Prescott, AZ and St. Marry-of-the-Woods in Terra Haute, IN teaching art therapy courses. Patrick has also worked as a guardian-ad-litem for the Arizona Maricopa County Courts, providing legal support to children lost within the legal system. He has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching law at The Southwestern School of Law in Santa Barbara, CA and business law within the Maricopa Community College system.

2019 Institute Schedule

July 22

July 23-24

July 25-27

July 28

July 29

9am - Noon Introduction and Orientation, Margaret Carlock-Russo (3hr) 

1pm - 4:00 Building Community and Comfort- Intentions and Aspirations-Margaret Carlock-Russo (3hr)  

9:00am - 4:30pm Sandplay Therapy and the Expressive Arts - Joan Alpers (12hr)

9:00am - 4:30pm Studio-based Methods and Contemplative Exploration - Michael Franklin (18hr)

9:00am-5:00pm Labyrinth Journey: A Universal Archetype - Kat Kirby (8hr)  

9:00am-12:00pm Art Therapy Ethics, Art Law and the Legal System - Patrick Thurman (3hr)

1:30pm - 4:30pm Art Therapy and Addiction Recovery- Patrick Thurman (3hr)  

July 30

July 31

Aug 1

Aug 2

9am - 4:30 9:00am - 4:30pm Sharing our Light on the Creative Journey - Cheri Epstein (6hr) 

9:00am - 4:30pm Adlerian Art Therapy: Encourage. Create. Be Well. -Nicole Randick (6hr)

9:00am - 4:30pm Metaphors and Reflections: Applications of Handmade Paper in Expressive Arts Therapy Practice- Margaret Carlock-Russo (6hr)

9:00am-4:00pm Creative Synthesis: Collaborative and Reflective Experiences in Community- Margaret Carlock-Russo 

4:00pm-5:00pm Closing Circle- Margaret Carlock-Russo


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*A light breakfast is provided each morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Your cooperation in being ready to start promptly as scheduled is appreciated. In addition to breakfast, lunches are provided each day of the Institute. Lunch will generally be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. State special dietary needs on your registration form. An extra fee may apply.  



Prescott College 220 Grove Ave Prescott, AZ 86301 The City of Prescott is located in the Central Highlands of Arizona 96 miles northwest of Phoenix and 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, at an elevation of 5386 ft. 

“I have participated in a lot of workshops, retreats, and adventures on my personal journey, only to say that the Institute was one of the most significant and dynamic experiences of my life because, through the non-threatening explorations in art, music, poetry, movement, writing, drama and ritual, I felt loved, appreciated, listened to and celebrated so I could cross thresholds on many levels to gain practical skills, a broad community, and a deepened connection to Spirit. could cross thresholds on many levels to gain practical skills, a broad community, and a deepened connection to Spirit.” - Marie Capizzi