Sculptor, writer, expressive arts therapist and educator, has 30 years of experience as both a clinician and practicing artist. She has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State University, Southwestern College, Lesley College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and The George Washington University. She is the co-founder of Create Therapy Institute, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in expressive arts therapies.
She is a founding member and past executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and on multiculturalism.
She continues research on the cultural responsibility of the arts to promote understanding and education, and is included on various films/videos about art and art therapy – Retirement Living TV: Healthline on Art Therapy; Healing Through Art: Darcy Lynn, The story of an artist’s experience with lymphoma; and Expressive Media, Inc: Art Therapy with Older Adults.
Sara Arnon has been in early childhood education for 35 years, the last 21 years as an administrator of an early childhood center which serves 100 – 125 families each year. She has taught administration and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate college level. She has been an active leader in the local branch of her professional organization (NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children) for 35 years. She has developed curriculum for the early childhood classroom, developed administrative and marketing tools for other administrators, and has created many training opportunities for education staff as well as parents.
She is currently collaborating with local agencies in Westchester County, New York to offer a series of training workshops for parents that is planned to reach a potential audience of 500 – 2000 families. She is a consultant to Educare, an Early Childhood center=based program for disadvantaged families in many states, pioneered by Doris Buffett.
The projected opening on Sept 2010 in Waterville, Maine will be the first in the state of Maine.
In addition to his clinical practice and forensic expert work, Dr. Finkel is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, one of Chicago’s major academic medical centers, where he also teaches second year residents. Further, he serves on the Institutional Review Board of the four hospitals that comprise the NorthShore University HealthSystem, reviewing the quality and ethics of all research in these hospitals.
While his clinical practice concentrates primarily on geriatric psychiatry, he has also been retained as an expert consultant in geriatric psychiatry and has reviewed and testified in a wide variety of cases.
Dr. Finkel has lectured extensively and has contributed over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has also played a leadership role in mental health and aging throughout his career, including all of the last three White House Conferences on Aging (1981, 1995 and 2005). Dr. Finkel founded the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and co-founded the International Psychogeriatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association Council on Aging.
Marsha is an accomplished writer and producer who has worked with many cultural institutions including Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, Wildlife Conservation Society, Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio and others. She has led creative teams in creating educational games and media; and she has produced products for the mass market.
She collaborated with Dr. Cohen on SEAChange and other projects, and collaborates with other gerontologists. Currently she is working on a wellness kit for caregivers, Seasons of Care.
Through interest in sustainability she produced Slow Food on Film which toured to 26 cities, and she continues to write about food and film. Her interest and commitment to SEAChange is an extension of the inquiry into sustainability since the vision of sustainability needs to include a realistic, holistic understanding of aging.