Beth Ann Short LCAT, ATR-BC, FRSA (they/them)

Beth Ann Short

Adjunct faculty, art therapy

Beth Ann (AKA BA) Short grew up around the Great Lakes region, living in both Michigan and Ontario, Canada throughout their youth. BA is a graduate of Marylhurst University (1999) and is a licensed certified art therapist in Oregon as well as a nationally board certified art therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. BA worked on the ATCB Credentialing Committee from 2011-2016. BA teaches as an adjunct professor in art therapy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and at Heritage University, in Toppenish, Washington offering art therapy classes to both graduate and undergraduate students. BA is a member of the Lewis & Clark College Art for Social Change group. BA is also a fine artist who has exhibited art both internationally and in publications. In their spare time BA can be found making art, bike riding, traveling, cooking, or just hanging out in their backyard with family and friends.


  • AT 501 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • AT 583 Art Therapy Internship Studio
  • Faculty supervisor for L&C Open Studio and ASC Open Studio (supporting 2 practicum students)

Researches and specializes in:

I have been a practicing art therapist since 1999. I have 14+ years providing open studio art therapy to the community servicing a wide variety of individuals. I also have specialized in working with at-risk youth and the LGBTQIA+ population. My current practice is primarily via telehealth, working with a variety of ages (10 years old and up). My theoretical lens aligns with a postmodernist approach, drawing from intersectionality, social constructionism, feminism, queer theory, and antiracism. I believe human beings will always be growing/evolving and the therapeutic relationship relies on empathy, language, storytelling, and art. I believe in the importance of acknowledging, questioning, and creatively dismantling historical systemic power structures that have been in place and have unfairly disadvantaged individuals. I also provide ATR/LAT supervision to newer art therapists.