Katharine Joy Houpt
BA, The Evergreen State College, 2005; MAAT, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011. Credentials: Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Concurrent Positions: Private practice; Expressive Arts Consultant for The Center for Aging and Community, Indianapolis, IN. Exhibitions/Performances: The Mission Theater, Chicago; The Crowd Theater, Chicago; Grey Center for Arts & Inquiry, Chicago; Links Hall, Chicago; Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle. Presentations: American Art Therapy Association, Illinois Art Therapy Association, Aging in America, LeadingAge Illinois. Publication: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
Katharine is an artist and art therapist in private practice, working with adults in an art studio and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia in their homes, as well as providing art-based supervision for professionals seeking ATR and LCPC certification and licensure. She is active in The Second City’s Wellness program, including Improv for Anxiety and a new class she developed, Improv for Dementia.
Katharine is a consultant and trainer for an expressive arts train-the-trainer course, which aims to collaboratively immerse expressive arts in nursing home environments, led by the Center for Aging and Community at the University of Indianapolis. As an artist, Katharine makes comics, collage, felted objects, and performs puppetry and improv. Katharine is passionate about promoting the strengths of individuals and communities, particularly those who are marginalized due to age, ability, mental illness, chronic disease, race, gender, and other factors impacting identity.
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