Andrea's Resume

Andrea's Resume

 

Ph.D., Hawthorne University, San Francisco, (now Sierra University, Santa Monica, CA)

M.A., California State University, Sonoma.  Psychology and Expressive Arts.

 

Post-Graduate training includes:

Harvard Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery;

Narrative Exposure Therapy, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Three years Jungian  training analysis with Charles Ponce

Traumatic Incident Reduction; Traumatic Stress Studies;

Conjoint Family Therapy; 

Expressive arts therapy 

 

Residencies and Training - including:

American Lake Veterans Hospital, Tacoma, WA, Demonstration inpatient clinical program for Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD

Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

Center for Attitudinal Healing, Tiburon, CA - serving children and adults with life threatening and terminal diseases.

Traumatic Incident Reduction training.

Life Stress Reduction Training.

Family Therapy training -- Institute of family therapy, Marin County, California; Ben Handleman, Conjoint Family therapy -- assisted Virginia Satir in developing this method.

 

CREDENTIALS HELD:

Certified in Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery, Harvard Medical School

Certified Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Certified Trauma Specialist, Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.

Certified Expressive Therapist, National Expressive Therapy Association.

Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, Washington State.

Certified practitioner: Re-bonding with the Body after Trauma. Psychiatrist Dana Mulvihill, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

California lifetime teaching and counseling credential -- community college.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Member:  Alliance for Peace Building, Washington, DC

adjunct professor: Claremont College, southern California, Sierra College, Auburn, California; University of Alaska; University of Idaho.   

Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota

Private  consulting practice, specialty: trauma and PTSD.

Founder/Director Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts, Hamilton, New York

Founder/director of Arts and Trauma Training Center, St Paul, MN.

Trainer and developer of Writing Though The Body (a crafted/guided writing technique) - memoir writing, arts processes, mask making, ceramic tiles, collage, painting, voice, music, theatre, Writers Performing Jazz Ensemble (modified readers theater) and other Expressive Arts techniques.  

Consulting work  in-service training in stress management and trauma stress prevention and re-mediation, self-care for educators and health care professionals; in organizational development, team building, program design, -- include but are not limited to:

JAMI: Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill. 

 United Hospital, St. Paul, MN: Team member in study of cancer patient’s dreams -- prognosis

 Hospice of the Foothills, Nevada City, CA: Worked with terminally ill cancer patients.

 Visiting Nurses Association, Nevada City, CA.

American Lake V. A. Hospital, PTSD Unit, Tacoma, WA: Training in identifying and treating PTSD Training in expressive arts, visual arts, writing, performance and sand tray work. Set up expressive arts program, including treatment of traumatic nightmares.

 Department of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Sacramento, CA: team member for assessing services for children and youth throughout the state.

 Ketchikan (AK) Borough Mental Health Center: Staff training.

 Red Cross Disaster Team, St. Paul, MN:  team member to design  delivery of services for traumatic stress relief  in coordination with national organization.

 Staff trainings at battered women’s shelters in Fairbanks, Alaska, Moscow, Idaho, Grass Valley and Auburn, California.

 

 

Director, Communities Organized for Health Options, Craig, Alaska

Designed and implemented a mental health program (community psychology model) with a cross-cultural perspective for community mental health agency serving Prince of Wales Island with a large Native American population. Clients included Vietnam veterans, victims of domestic violence, and native Alaskans suffering from (transgenerational) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Deliberate ( from cultural decimination Created an art therapy program for children. Designed a program of writing and theatre as therapy to at-risk Native American high school students in Klawok, Alaska.

 

Mental Health Director, a four county Head Start program.

Developed an inter-agency team for identification and intervention for abused children (and mothers); developed workshops and conferences; re-designed and re-organized program procedures; special commendation by federal government for design and implementation of a training program for lay social workers; wrote and received grant from the Federal Office of Education for a research and demonstration program; presentations and reports to governing boards and community groups, national, regional offices, and at national conferences; established tri-county media resource library; supervised graduate students in social work;

 

Media and Creative Work includes but not limited to radio producer, writer and talent, New York, California; performance artist; gallery artist; poet-in-residence; author; grant recipient/commissions. Writing: film script;  performance pieces.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK (partial) 

·        New York State Theater Education Association: taught at state conference for high school students.

·        Memoir writing groups, Life Long Learning at Colgate University, Hamilton NY.

·        National Children’s Hospital, Washington, D

·        UNICEF, New York, NY.C

·        Domestic Violence Centers; California, Alaska, Idaho – staff training & support.

·        Red Cross Disaster Team, St Paul, MN

·        Delegate to UN.  

·        Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

 

Internships:

·        Marin County (CA) Mental Health, in-patient and outpatient clinics.

·        Sonoma State University Counseling Center, American Lake Veterans Hospital, Post Traumatic Stress in-patient unit.

 

ARTS EXPERIENCE

·        Performance poet, readings nationally.

·        Independent Producer, ASHLAR PRODUCTIONS;

·        Public Radio, WNYC Radio - commentaries for New York Voices.

·        National program: WHYY, Been There Done That:

·        Radio producer and talent:  Bob and Irma, Morning Show (news and information) host. Produced and co-hosted Children's Radio Show: The Mystery Vegetable. Produced, scripted and hosted The Written Word, a prose and poetry program.

·        Poet in Residence, American River College Writers Conference, Sacramento, CA.  

·        Founder/Organizer of The Visionary Women's Conference, Berkeley, California.

·        Vision-er of Sierra Women’s' Spirituality Retreat.

·        Performances: Aphrodite: Body Through Body (Commission by Eagle Productions video), Grass Roots, venues included: Visionary   Women's Conference; Berkeley, CA.; California Images of the Archetypal Feminine, a narration and slide show tracing the evolution of feminine archetypes through paintings of Jacquie Bellon.  

 

Arts Council grant (California): produced, scripted audio production of Body Through Body, aired on KVMR-FM radio and distributed through Acoustics  Magazine.  

 

Published book length prose poem, Pompeii's Children and chapbook Tough Woman.  

Contributor to: Art Moves, Art Matters, Seer, Mt. Aukum Journal, Something Else, Acoustics Magazine, and Audiophotosynthesis Journal.

Work in progress: The Last Tap Dance of The Old Tomato, a coming of age story and multiple articles.

 

Gallery exhibits of collages: Shackleford & Sears, Davis, CA, ; Nica *Gallery, Pullman, WA.;  Gallery 416, Minneapolis, MN; North Western *Gallery,   St.  Paul, MN. 

 

 

Who We Are

                  

We make art in order not to die from the truth.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is a U.S. 501c3 non-profit organization designed to serve the personal story and address the trauma it may contain. Our work is educational and skills driven -- grounded in thirty years of community based experience.

We use photos, interviews, and teach guided writing (Writing Through the Body).  For those people for whom revealing identity is unsafe or who are non-literate, they are offered an opportunity to  build a multi-media piece to contain and share the story in an abstract or symbolic form. Our goal is Witnessing and facilitating the creation of a coherent narrative for our students as they move with us toward well-being and resilience. 

Following from our initial work with Story, we collaborate with students to create a culturally relevant Self-Care program facilitated by them.