Introducing Our 2017 Conference Speakers: David Read Johnson and Marni Rosen

Throughout the month of July we have been introducing our guest speakers for the 2017 Annual Conference, Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration.  We’ve heard about the work of Karen Gibbons, Jennifer Tantia, and Julie Lipson in previous blog posts.  This week we hear from David Read Johnson and Marni Rosen:

Marni Rosen, PsyD, ATR-BC

Dr. David Johnson and I set out on a journey several years ago to integrate a theory of drama therapy into art therapy. With the understanding that the basic principles of creativity and play underlie any art form, we could  boil down the principles of one form of art making to apply it to another. If we can identify the raw principles of art making (art, music, drama, or dance) then all the modalities are more integrated and related. Since this pursuit with David, I have been passionate about the integration of creative arts therapies. Through my position at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) in Chicago, I have initiated and planned an annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy conference which is now on its 3rd annual cycle.

David Read Johnson, PhD, RDT-BCT


This conference provides the opportunity for CAT’s to discuss their work across modality and learn from their collective CAT peers. Personally, my current project is furthering ITA’s intake assessment process, which assesses goodness of fit of modality for each incoming client. It’s been an ongoing privilege at ITA to work, consult, and train amongst all 4 modalities and across all 4 modalities.

Dr. Marni Rosen, Psy.D ATR-BC is the Practice Manager, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified Art Therapist at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. The Institute for Therapy through the Arts is an integrated Creative Arts therapy center that offers all 4 arts modalities: art, music, drama, and dance/movement. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Posttraumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and was a research assistant at Yale University studying the impact of trauma on the narrative of Holocaust survivors. She is a supervisor, consultant, and trainer on trauma informed psychotherapy and art therapy in addition to a published author of several articles including Adlerian Art Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Journal of Individual Psychology and Developmental Transformation Art Therapy in the American Art Therapy Association journal.

David Read Johnson, Ph.D., RDT-BCT is Director of the Institute for Developmental Transformations; Co-Director, Post Traumatic Stress Center, New Haven, CT; and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine.  He has been a leading figure in the creative arts therapies and has published numerous articles and books on the treatment of psychological trauma, drama therapy, and the creative arts therapies.

If you haven’t already done so, please register in advance for the 2017 Conference!

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