Jo Anne Sopko

Adjunct Professor
Expressive Art Therapy

CIIS Main Building
6th Floor
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Jo Sopko, MFT, RDT, adjunct faculty in Expressive Arts Therapy, with an extensive background in the arts as well as yoga and Buddhist meditation; Jo works with at-risk children/youth, as well as families, individual adults, and graduate students. She is a graduate of CIIS (Drama Therapy), with a special interest in expressive arts. Drawn to the image and symbol, she feels deeply connected to a Jungian approach (including sand tray) to access the depth and wisdom of the unconscious. Jo conducts workshops in sandtray; dramatic exploration of myths; drama therapy & buddhist practices.
Jo has been supervising EXA students for six years and is directing drama therapy students' self-revelatory performances as part of their final project. She has a part-time private practice in Marin and San Francisco. Jo also works at a homeless shelter (Homeward Bound of Marin), as a child/trauma specialist with homeless children and families, where she supervises interns and specializes in the trauma of homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, and childhood abuse. Jo is the author of a manual on the parent-training program she developed for the shelter that addresses the effects of trauma on the child.