A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Theresa Reardon Dewey




Theresa Dewey, ATR, LCPC, is an artist and art therapist with 17 years of experience working in the fields of aging, intellectual disability care, and end-of-life care. She has served in various settings, including roles at a skilled nursing facility, Project Onward, CEW Design Studio, a residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities, and private practice. She also shared a group home for young women with mild intellectual disabilities for 7 years.

Theresa currently works at the Alzheimer’s Association with individuals who have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as well their families. She is passionate about ending stigma related to dementia and cognitive impairment, and advocating for dying well. She values art-making as a means for processing the experience of living with cognitive impairment.

Theresa is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC and received a BA from Rhodes College. Her personal art practice is heavily fibers-based and includes puppet-making and puppetry performance, art dolls, soft sculpture, felting, and embroidery. Theresa founded Mr. Tanenbaum Puppets, a puppetry troupe that has performed at various venues, including the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and iO Theater.


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This course provides students with a basic understanding of group dynamics and its application for a variety of therapeutic goals using art. Students are involved in an experience of group interaction. Lectures and discussions focus on readings from the literature of both art and verbal group therapy. Audio-visual material of groups in action are presented. Issues explored include: techniques and training in group leadership; setting group norms; issues around processing art; dealing with conflict; stages of group development; and application with varied settings, cultures, and populations.

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