Mary Andrus

Mary Andrus, art therapy counseling faculty, will lead a workshop on Tools for Trauma Work at the Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association annual conference on January 30, 2016.

In Andrus’ workshop, Grounding and Resourcing: Tools for Trauma Work, participants will be provided an overview of the neurobiology of the impact of trauma and the brain. They will learn some grounding and resource tools for clients, will be able to differentiate implicit versus explicit memory correlated to trauma, and will engage in hands-on, experiential exercises to integrate the concepts into practice.

The theme for the 2016 CATA conference is Transforming Trauma through the Creative Arts Therapies, exploring the process of healing and transformation from various forms of trauma through the creative arts therapies. Healing from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, military trauma, torture and political oppression, as well as vicarious trauma experienced by caregivers may be addressed. The one-day conference, eligible for five CE hours through PCC Climb Center, will be held at Tabor Space in SE Portland. More info at catapdx.org.

Mary Andrus, ATR-BC, LCPC, is a member of the faculty in the art therapy counseling master’s degree program at Marylhurst. Her expertise is in trauma resolution, and she recently published a book review of Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score in the academic journal Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.