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