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Counseling, Therapy, and School Psychology

Mary Andrus

Assistant Professor and Program Director

Mary Andrus is a board certified registered art therapist, a certified supervisor and licensed professional counselor. She has been teaching art therapy and supervising students since 2008 at Adler University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Benedictine University and Marylhurst University.

She is co-chair of the Art for Social Change committee at Lewis and Clark, and is the founder of Art Therapy Studio Chicago Ltd. where she oversees a practice of art therapists offering art therapy to adults and adolescents. She has worked with a wide variety of populations in various settings including; community mental health, nursing homes, therapeutic day schools, independent living, inpatient psychiatric hospital and developed a free art therapy program for uninsured pregnant women suffering from perinatal depression.

Her clinical orientation is from a narrative, feminist, social constructivist orientation.  She has completed her Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) training to specialize in trauma resolution with clients.

She served in 2011 as president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Mary has presented numerous times at national American Art Therapy Association conferences, has published book chapters, articles and had her cover artwork in various journals.

Mary was a driving force in the recent, successful effort to secure licensure for art therapists in Oregon. That bill was signed into law on May 25, 2017.

Personal Statement

I believe that art in relationship transforms lives, builds community, examines social constructs, raises critical consciousness and creates a more just society. I am passionate about creating opportunities for all people to reach their full potential through creativity. My role as director combines my passion for teaching and building community to impact the lives of students, teachers, supervisors and clients through rigorous engaged education using art as a mirror into the experience.

I helped spearhead the Art Therapy Law( HB2432) which protects the ethical practice of art therapy in the state. I am committed to impacting social change by ensuring art therapy services are a mainstay in Oregon to help meet the mental health needs of marginalized and underserved populations. 

Current Research

Collective storytelling: Using Art and film to process a university closure.

Publications

Andrus, M. (2020). Infertility to Motherhood: Collective voices in Art Therapy Challenge Social Constructs. In (Swan-Foster, N., Ed.) Art Therapy and Childbearing Issues: Birth, Death and Rebirth. Routledge.

Beer, L., Andrus, M., & Hubchick, J. (2020). Prosocial Behaviours in a Creative Arts Day Camp With and Without Special Needs: A Mixed-methods Study. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 54(3). 220-241.

Andrus, M. (2020). Collective story: Marylhurst to Lewis and Clark. [Documentary film]. Portland, OR: Lewis & Clark College.

Andrus, M. (2019). Exhibition and film about infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth: Art therapy implications. Art Therapy Journal. 37(1). doi:10.1080/07421656.2019.1697577

Andrus, M. (2019). Cover Artwork ,“The protector”. Art Therapy Journal: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 35(4).

Andrus, M. (2017). Private to public: Therapeutic impact and ethics of sharing artwork in trauma resolution. Unpublished dissertation. Mount Mary University.

Andrus, M. (2016). A review of The body keeps the score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 32(4), 3–5. doi: 10.1080/07421656.2015.1091569

Andrus, M. (2007). Cover Artwork, “A portrait of Don”. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 24(1).

Andrus, M. (2006). Cover Artwork, “I don’t want to be sick”. Journal of Pain and Palliative Care, 20(2). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Medical Press.

Andrus, M. (2004) (Release and a Poem for Ben) in Moon, B., and R. Schoenoholtz (Eds.), Word Pictures, The Poetry and Art of Art Therapists, pp. 65-68. Springfield, IL.: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Presentations

Andrus, M. (2018). From private to public: #Metoo and beyond; ethics and value of sharing art. American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Andrus, M. (2018).To see, be seen, and see oneself anew: Response art in the intersubjective space. American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Andrus, M. (2018). Practitioner led research, implications for the field of art therapy. American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Andrus, M. (2018). Can intersubjectivity and compassion alter social and political divisiveness? Cultivating Community Creative Arts Therapy Conference, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

Andrus, M. (2018). Bearing Witness Film & Panel Discussion, Cultivating Community Creative Arts Therapy Conference, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

Andrus, M. (2017). Transdisciplinary approach; exploring social cultural identities, Cascadia Training, Oregon City, OR.

Andrus, M. (2017). “Bearing witness film”. American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, AATA film festival, Albuquerque, NM.

Andrus, M. (2017). Licensure and advocacy; lessons from the frontlines, paper presentation, American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Andrus, M. (2016). Doctoral dissertation presentation, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR.

Andrus, M. (2015). Best Practices in treating trauma, Oregon Creative Arts Therapy Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Andrus, M. (2015). Best Practices in treating trauma, Mount Mary Symposium, Milwaukee WI.

Andrus, M. (2014). Assuaging Trauma: Case Study with client co-presenting, Mount Mary Symposium, Milwaukee WI.

Andrus, M. (2013). Assuaging Trauma, Illinois Art Therapy Annual Conference, Chicago IL.

Andrus, M. (2013). “Response art: exploring the client-therapist relationship”, CEU Training, Live Oak, Chicago, IL.

Andrus, M. (2013). “Don and his birds”, American Art Therapy Association Conference, AATA Film Festival- Seattle, WA.

Academic Credentials

Doctor of Art Therapy (DAT), Mount Mary University
MA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago