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Crystal Salt

Guest Trainers

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Dr Kate Donohue, REAT

(California, USA)

Licensed Psychologist, Private Psychotherapy Practice                                        

  • Co-Founder & Honorary Advisory Council (1995 – Present),              International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)                 

  • Associate Member, West Portal Counseling, USA (1986 – Present) 

  • Multidisciplinary Mental Health community

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Sofia University, Palo Alto, California, USA (1987 – Present) Teaching Expressive Arts Therapy and Group Process for the Low Residency, Global, Creative Expression and Clinical Psychology Programs

  • Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA (1986 – Present)

  • Founding Core Faculty, Expressive Arts Therapy`s program.

  • She offers programs to the general public as well as professional training, workshops, consultation and academic courses. These programs interweave her interests in expressive arts therapy, Jungian thought, culture, spirituality, women’s development and mentoring.

  • Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, JFK University & the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute.

  • Adjunct, Sonoma State University, Cotati, California, USA (2011 - Jan 2013)     Teaches Expressive Arts Oriented Group Process for the Depth Psychology Program



(Missouri, USA)               

Licensed Professional Counselling (LMHC/LPCC)

  • Executive Co-Chair, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) (Nov 2009 - Apr 2014)

  • Faculty, The New Human University, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Since Jan 2022)

  • Core Faculty and Clinical Training Coordinator for MA and PhD in Counselling and Art Therapy at Adler University, USA (2015-2021)

  • Teach and advise graduate students in art therapy and counselling. Oversee practicum experiences

  • Art | Wellness | Enlightenment, LLC , · Private Practice. Forsyth, Missouri, USA (1990 - Present)                                                                Arts-based psychotherapy and coaching, supervision and training for clinicians, professional supervision groups for supervisors and workshops in dream interpretation. 

  • Mental Health Therapist, Rice County Day Treatment, (2005 – 2007)  

  • Provided arts-based therapies to K-12.

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Dr Deborah Amstrong, LMFT-S, RPT-S, REAT, REACE

(South Carolina, USA)

Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont; and The Mindgarden Centre, USA           

  • Member, The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)

  • Member, The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Member, The Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Member, The Sand tray Network International

  • President, the California and the South Carolina state chapters of the Association for Play Therapy

  • Board of Directors, the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

  • Chairperson, the Psychology and Counselling Department, Goddard College, USA, where she also serves as Coordinator of the Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration.

  • Faculty Member, Capella University`s Counsellor Education Program, a CACREP approved program.


Dr Yousef AlAjarma, PhD, REAT, LMHC 

IEATA, Conference Chair
(Boston, USA)

2013 to 2021: Executive Co-Chair, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)

  • PhD in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.    MA in Expressive Arts Therapy, The European Graduate School in Switzerland, Switzerland.  

  • CAGGS, Family Therapy, BeirZait University, Palestine

  • BA in Social Work, Bethlehem University, Palestine

  • Program Director, MA in Counselling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy at William James College, Boston, USA.

  • Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Program, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA.                            

  • Family Therapist, Star House Inc. Beverly, MA, USA.

  • Counselor, Slifka and Malkin Scholars, Brandeis university, Waltham, MA, USA

  • Expressive Arts Therapist & Psychosocial Project Coordinator, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees UNRWA, Ramallah, Palestine

  • Expressive Arts Therapist & Youth Counseling Program Coordinator, Palestinian Youth Union & Doctors of the World, Ramallah, Palestine

  • School Counselor, Al-Aytam Secondary School, Jerusalem, Israel

  • Rehab & Addiction Counselor, Al-Sadeq Al-Tayb Association -Drug Treatment Center, Jerusalem, Israel


Dr Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, REAT, MFT, ATR-BC

(California, USA)

  • Pioneered and developed the theory and practices of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT®) and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) – based on 40 years of clinical, community, wellness, and organizational applications.

  • Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute, New York, USA. 

  • Director of Mind-Body Studies at Interface, Massachusetts, USA

  • Co-Executive Director of Spring Hill Institute, Florida, USA

  • Director of the Mind-Body Program at Five Branches University, California, USA.

  • Since founding the Focusing and Expressive Arts (FOAT) Institute, Dr Rapaport has helped establish FOAT® as a recognized approach in the fields of art therapy and expressive art therapy, including book chapters describing the approach in Judith Rubin’s Approaches to Art Therapy, 3rd edition and Cathy Malchiodi’s book, Expressive Therapies, 2nd edition (soon to be published).


Dr Robert Jason Grantt, LPC, NCC, RPT-Supervisor

(Springfield, Missouri, USA)

  • Dr. Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™.

  • Dr. Grant is currently serving as the chair on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy. He is also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). 

  • He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, including working with neurodivergent children (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities).

  • He is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy approach.

  • He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. 

  • Dr. Grant is an international speaker and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress.

  • He is a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books.

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