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Judy Rubin – Growing Up with Art Therapy: A Glorious Adventure for Almost 6 Decades!

February 7, 2022

We had a delightful, heartwarming, and inspiring presentation with pioneer Art Therapist Judy Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM– Growing up with Art Therapy: A Glorious Adventure for Almost 6 Decades! Judy shared illuminating stories, photos, and film clips starting with a photo from her own life at 6 years old at an easel with her father; continuing with major influences in her life (Erik Erikson and others); a video clip from as the Art Lady on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, plus numerous other pioneers from the Arts Therapies, including Margaret Naumburg, Edith Kramer, Hana Yaxa Kwiatkowska, Janie Rhyne, Janet Adler, and many more.

The presentation gave insight into the birth of art therapy– and Judy’s gift of capturing many key teachings through film, which are now housed in her dream film/video streaming library, Expressive Media, where people can view classic and contemporary films– and can learn by watching master clinicians conducting thoughtful and sensitive therapy using all of the expressive arts.

A couple highlights from participants:

"Her talk affirmed my personal journey. Being my personal hero and playing a huge part on how I was introduced to the expressive arts, getting to know her on a personal level really deepened my insights."
"I enjoyed all of the information provided in the training and have wonderful notes for my BC test. Thank you Judy!"
"Judy’s presentation was so delightful and lovely. I enjoyed witnessing the journey she took to become an art therapist... her curiosity and openness, and her desire to integrate art into her teachings... Very inspiring!"

About Judy Rubin:

Judy A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM is a licensed psychologist, child and adult psychoanalyst, and board-certified art therapist. A past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, she has written six books and created thirteen films. For three years in the 1960’s she was the Art Lady on the PBS children’s program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Now retired from clinical practice and regular teaching, she served for forty years on the faculties of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. She also presented and taught at many universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. President and co-founder of Expressive Media, she has recently launched an online Training Film Library in the expressive therapies.


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