Vivien Marcow Speiser

Professor of Expressive Therapies

Faculty Speiser

Vivien Marcow Speiser has directed and taught in programs across the United States and internationally and has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures. She believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. Her interests and expertise lie in the areas of working with trauma and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts and she has worked extensively with groups in the Middle East and in South Africa. In addition, she is an expert in the creation and performance of rites of passage rituals and in the use of dance and performance in expressive therapy practice.  She is the winner of the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health, and the 2015 Honorary Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israeli Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy Association.

Vivien holds a Ph.D. from Union Institute, and M.Ed. from Lesley University, and a B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

Publications

Schwartz, S., and Speiser, V.M. (2015) Introducing arts and health in Israel: How cultural factors affect the field's development.  World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review 2015, 10 (3/4): 122-137.

Marcow-Speiser, V., and Schwartz, S. (2015) Culturally Responsive Teaching in a War-Affected Area: Lesley University in Israel 1979 - 2014.  Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, Volume 7:1.

Beardall, N.G., Brownell, A., Cardillo, N.J., Harmel, P., Karman, S., Marcow-Speiser, V., Newman-Bluestein, D., McKim, E., Smulian-Siegel, D. (2014) The Legacy of Norma Canner.  American Journal of Dance Therapy, 36, 1:113-124.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2014). Working in a troubled land: using the applied arts towards conflict transformation and community health in Israel. Journal of Applied Arts and Health 4:3:335-343.

Schwartz, S, Marcow Speiser, V and Wikoff, N. (2014) The arch of arts in health (eds) Journal of Applied Arts and Health 4:3 237-245.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2012). Towards an Understanding of the Israeli Context for Teaching and Learning. in Schwartz et al, The Arts and Social Change: The Lesley University Experience in Israel: Porat Books.

Schwartz, S., Marcow Speiser, V., Speiser, P., & Kossak, M. (Eds.). (2012).The Arts and Social Change: The Lesley University Experience in Israel. Zur Yigal, Israel: Porat Books.

Marcow Speiser,V and Schwartz, S. (2011) . Reflections on the Development of the Lesley University Extension in Israel. In A Century of Innovation (eds) Brown, C.F. and Forinash, M. Baltimore: Publish America

Marcow Speiser, V. and Schwartz, S. (2011). These stories are burning a hole in my brain: Using the arts to tell the stories of the Jewish immigrant community in Israel. In Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change, (eds) Levine, E. and Levine, S. London:Jessica Kingsley.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Schwartz, S. (2009). Reflections on the Development of the Lesley University Extension in Israel. Chapter in the Lesley Centennial Publication. 

Kossak, M. and Marcow Speiser, V. (eds). (2009). Special edition of the Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice, Issue 14. The Lesley University Extension Program in Israel: Teaching in a Troubled Land. 

Marcow Speiser, V. (2009) Towards an understanding of the Israeli context for teaching and learning JPPP (ibid)

Marcow Speiser, V. and Serlin, I. (2007) (eds). Special Edition on The Imagine Conference. The Journal of Humanistic Psychology 47(1), 280-288.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Speiser, P. (2007). An Arts Approach to Working with Cross Cultural Conflicts, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology 47(1), 361-367.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Speiser, P. (2007). The Use of the Arts in Working with Fear and Stress in the Israeli Context. The Praeger Series in Body-Mind Medicine: The Art of Healthcare, Volume II.

Franklin, M. and Marcow Speiser, V. (2007). Authentic Movement as a Meditative Practice. The Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice, Issue 12.

Klagsbrun,J. Rappaport,L. Marcow Speiser,V, Post.P , Byers,J. Stepakoff,S. Karman,S. (2005) Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Vol 1 no 1

Marcow Speiser, V and Powell, MC. (eds) (2005)The Arts, Education and Social Change. New York: Peter Lang/Lesley Series

Marcow Speiser, V and Speiser,P . (2005) A Theoretical Approach to Working with Conflict through the Arts. In Marcow Speiser,V and Powell,C.(eds) The Arts, Education and Social Change . New York: Peter Lang

Recent Presentations

4/23/2015 Panelist, Irle Goldman's Salon.  "Mental Health Counselor Training: The Past, the Present, and the Future."

3/12/2015  Panelist in Symposium.  "International Aid Using Artistic Tools -- How To."  Academic College for Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel.

11/21/2014  Co-presenter.  "Buffering Suffering.  Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma."  The 6th Annual Drama for Life Research Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

9/17/2014  Workshop co-facilitator.  "Moving Soul, Soul Moving."  Expressive Therapies 40th Anniversary celebration conference.

9/17/2014.  Co-presenter.  "Expressive Therapies Approaches to Working with Trauma in Korea."  Global Arts Series, Creativity Commons, Lesley University.

9/4/2017.  Co-facilitator. "Creative Approaches to Working with Conflict Through the Arts."  Kids4Peace Summit.  Newburyport, MA.

11/21/13 Keynote Session. Opening to Ritual . The Drama for Life Research Conference, University of the Witwatersrand. The Unfinished Business of Truth and Reconciliation: Arts, Trauma and Healing., Soweto, South Africa.

11/20/13 Workshop co-facilitator. Moving Through Trauma : Dance, Drama, Psychodrama and Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma. The Drama for Life Research Conference, Soweto, South Africa.

4/11/13 Panelist, Resiliency and Inclusion: Transforming Social and Cultural Identities through the Arts. Global Alliance for Arts and Health’s 24th Annual Conference, Washington. DC

12/11/12 Panelist and Panel Chair, On the Seam of Arts and Health: A survey of the Field of Arts and Health in Israel and around the world. The Israeli Society of Creative and Expressive Therapy annual conference. Jerusalem, Israel. 

6/25/12 THE CENTRE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GENEVA &INSTITUT ODeF , GENEVA - Re-Constructing the Social Fabric of Communities after War Traumas: Introductory workshop for humanitarian workers

5/-17/12 NEW DELHI, THE RAYS OF WISDOM INSTITUTE. Keynote address at Ancient Arts Festival/Conference: The Body as a Sacred Instrument 

5/12-13/12 Istanbul, Turkey, Sapir Institute :How to Build Your Professional Career- training workshop

4/3/12 Netanya, Israel. Panel member on arts and social change programs in action. Lesley Conference on arts and social change.

3/05/12 Melbourne, Australia, MIECAT, Lecture:Arts in Action: Social change through dance and expressive arts therapy. 

2/22/12 Hong Kong University, Danny Ho Public Lecture Series: The Arts in Wellness and Healthcare inauguration and keynote lecture

2/9-10/12 Hong Kong University, Arts in Action: Social change through dance and expressive arts therapy training workshop

1/22-23/12 PelePele Arts Academy, Mbabane, Swaziland Liberating Creativity training workshop. 

1/12-13/12 Drums for Peace, Bulawayo Zimbabwe, Liberating Creativity training workshop

12/26/12 Lesley University Extension, Netanya - Dance & Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma lecture

ADTA 45th Conference. New York:Whole Person Approaches to Working with Trauma: Posttraumatic Growth. Vivien Marcow Speiser and Ilene Serlin.. September 25th 2010

Focusing and the Arts as a mindfulness tool in Psychotherapy:Clearing a space for the Therapist. . University of Toronto. Conference on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. May 1st 2010

Creating Change in the World:Expressive Therapy Approaches.
(co-presented with Phillip Speiser,) Pre-conference Workshop, IEATA 8th International Conference, Cambridge, MA August 12, 2009

Humanizing an Inhumane World: Expression in the Service of Humanity through the Arts, APA, Division 32, Boston, MA August 15th 2008

An Authentic Movement Workshop. 7th International Congress on Psyche,Soma and Spirit , The University of Morales and Tonalzintli Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico,
February, 2007

Panel on Identity as an Artist and Therapist (panel participant ) 7th International Congress on Psyche,Soma and Spirit , The University of Morales and Tonalzintli Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico, February, 2007

Creating Change in the World: Dance and Expressive Therapy Approaches
( co-presented with Phillip Speiser,) ADTA Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. October, 2006

A Panel Discussion by Dance Therapy Pioneers (panel presenter) ADTA Annual Conference, Long Beach,CA, October, 2006

Peacing our World Together (creative arts in learning and expressive therapy group faculty presentation) Empower Peace Conference. Lesley University August, 2006

An Arts Approach to Working with Conflict (co-presented with Phillip Speiser)
Imagine Conference,Tel Aviv April 2006

Reclaiming Bones from Stones (co-presented with Nancy Jo Cardillo, and Deborah Smulian) Imagine conference, Tel Aviv, April 2006

Authentic Movement: Movement for Human Beings Imagine Conference Tel Aviv, Israel April 2006

Holding Suffering, Holding Beauty: A Faculty Group Presentation from Moving and Witnessing together in our Authentic Movement Collective. Igniting the Synapses Conference, Lesley University April 2006

Mothers and Sons. (co-presented with Julia Byers) Raising Cain: Emotional Development of Boys IBMS conference Lesley University February 2006

Authentic Movement as a Meditative Practice. Faculty development day workshop. Lesley University, January 2006.