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 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 person centered perspective and she has completed her Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) training to specialize in trauma resolution with her 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, published her artwork in various journals and recently published a book review of The body keeps the score, van der Kolk (2014) in the American Journal of Art Therapy.
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.
I believe in 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.
Doctor of Art Therapy (DAT), Mount Mary University
MA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago