• Sharjah 1st Arts Therapy Conference

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Andrew C Wright is a British trained Art Psychotherapist (HCPC) UK licensed and registered, who trained at Goldsmiths College University of London UK. Andrew is the Clinical Director at Art Therapy International Centre (ATIC) in Dubai where he provides art therapy services to children, adolescent’s adults and couples. Andrew is currently undertaking research studies with the University College of London.


 

Asem Obeidat is an Associate Professor of Interior Design, College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, he earned a PhD in Environmental Design with a Specialization in Interior Design from Texas Tech University, USA.  Dr. Obeidat is dedicated to an interdisciplinary research approach; research interests include a wide range of design related issues including environmental design, designing for elderly people particularly impaired with Alzheimer's disease.


Heidi Bardot is Director of the Art Therapy Graduate Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is involved in the national association and created programs in India, Croatia, and South Africa. She is a grief consultant and trains relief workers in art and trauma in Lebanon. Bardot has published and presented internationally on war relief, trauma, resiliency, grief, and international education.


Juri Yun is a certified music therapist in Germany (DMtG) and Korea (KCMT). She received her Diploma from the Music Therapy Institute Berlin in Germany and completed her PhD coursework in Music Therapy at Ewha Woman’s University. She serves as the clinical supervisor at Ewha Womans University and as a researcher at Ewha Music Wellness Center. She specializes in emotional and behavioral disorders and special needs.


Jennie Kristel ,M.A. REAT, APTT holds a master’s degree in Expressive Therapies (Lesley University, 1986); is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice, working with individuals and families around issues of trauma, disability and grief. She is an accredited Playback Theatre trainer from the Centre for Playback Theatre. She teaches internationally, the Expressive Arts Therapies and Playback Theatre to support community building. She has published books and articles.


Dalal Al Sindi is a certified Bahraini Art Therapist, hails being the first in the Kingdom of Bahrain to pioneer the practice of art therapy. Trained at the University of Hertfordshire, she works with patients suffering from a range of mental and psychological issues, varying from stroke, traumatic brain injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, anorexia, PTSD, schizophrenia, and depression.


Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, LMFT, a graduate of New York University, works with children & adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she provides clinical services and teaches residents about the use of art therapy with medically ill and psychiatric patients. Susan has published journal articles and book chapters.


Sangeeta Prasad, ATR-BC, M.A in Art Therapy from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA. She has over 25 years of experience specializing in serious mental illnesses and other disabilities. She represents Prasad Family Foundation, Inc. in the US and India, while continuing a private practice. She has published two books, “Creative Expressions: Say it with Art” and “Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations, Crossing Cultures, and Abilities."


Hyun Ju Chong, Ph.D, MT-BC, Fellow of the Association for Music & Imagery, is Chair of the Music Therapy Department, Graduate School, at Ewha Woman’s University in Korea. Prof. Chong received a B.A. from Western Illinois University, M.M.T. from Temple University and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas all in Music Therapy. Her clinical interest involves music psychotherapy for adults with various psychological and emotional difficulties; and secondly, for children with cognitive and task performance difficulties.


Shaima Elbardawil is a Jordanian Visual Communication Practitioner, Researcher, and Educator, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from University of Petra, Amman – Jordan. She obtained her Masters and PhD degrees from Nottingham Trent University, UK. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and a Coordinator of the Graphic Design and Multimedia Program, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah.


 

Sara Powell is an art therapist from the United Kingdom and is a co-founder of ATIC, which she first opened in Singapore before moving back to the UAE. Sara has provided art therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families and has facilitated a variety of therapy groups. Sara specializes in child/adolescent related disorders and has worked on numerous projects in accordance with private and government agencies.