Eileen Mejia, communication studies faculty, will lead a retreat for Universal Unitarians in Seabeck, Wash., in May 2015.
Christine Turner, art therapy counseling chair, presented at the annual conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in Baltimore in April 2014.
Turner's presentation was titled Art Therapy Perspectives on Edvard Munch's Art of Mourning. Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's childhood was marked by the death of his mother when Munch was 5 years old and his sister when he was 13. Art provided him with a means to nonverbally express his loss and deep mourning. Using Munch as an example, Turner outlined the benefits of creative work with art media in the therapeutic work of grief processing in children and adults.
The Association for Death Education and Counseling is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers.
Christine Turner is chair of the Department of Art Therapy Counseling at Marylhurst University. The department offers a master's degree in art therapy counseling as well as post-graduate certificates and workshops that may be taken for continuing education credit.