Division of Expressive Therapies
Professional Title: Associate Professor, Expressive Therapies; Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy (On Sabbatical for the 2014-2015 Academic Year)
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Expressive Arts Therapy
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Expressive Arts Therapy
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: • Theories of Expressive Therapies • Theory and Practice of Group Work: Music Therapy • Expressive Therapy and Social Action • Power, Privilege and Oppression in Clinical Practice • Orientation • Integrative Seminar
Education: MA, Lesley University; PhD, Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Estrella, K. (2011). Social activism within expressive arts “therapy”: What’s in a name?
In E. G. Levine & S. K. Levine (Eds.), Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change (pp. 47-61). Philadelphia and London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Estrella, K. & Kossak, M. (2010). (Review of the conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association: Expressive Arts in Social Action: Peace-Ing Our World Together), Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 1 (2), 225-227.
Estrella, K. (2008). Expressive arts’ capacity to facilitate change: A human imperative no matter what we call it. In E. G. Levine & P. Antze (Eds.), In praise of poiesis: The arts and human existence – A festschrift for Stephen K. Levine (pp. 78-85). Toronto: EGS Press.
Estrella, K. (2007). Awakening the imaginal. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice. 12.Estrella, K. & Forinash, M. (2007). Narrative inquiry and arts-based inquiry: Multinarrative perspectives, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 47 (3), 376-383.
Dr. Estrella is the Expressive Arts Therapy Program Coordinator in the Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University. As a Music Therapist and Art Therapist, Dr. Estrella’s work has focused on developing an integrated arts approach to counseling and psychotherapy, and she has spent much of the past 15 years focused on developing competencies and integrating theory in Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition, Dr. Estrella is pursuing licensure as a Clinical Psychologist and practicing community based mental health counseling.Research interests include issues of professional development and identity for both psychologists and Expressive Therapists. Dr. Estrella has an interest in training, clinical practice, and supervision of Expressive Therapies; multicultural approaches to Expressive Therapies; psychodynamic psychotherapy and supervision and its applications to Expressive Therapies; and social action and activism through the arts, particularly when integrated with therapeutic practice.
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