Phil Weglarz Phil Weglarz

Assistant Professor
Expressive Arts Therapy
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

BA, University of Colorado


Phil Weglarz has served as core faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy concentration at CIIS since Fall 2012. As a licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Registered Expressive Art Therapist (REAT), Phil's work has focused on the integration of a wide range of artistic and cultural practices in meeting the mental health needs of children, adults, families, and communities. Clinically, he has worked with neuro and culturally-diverse children and adults in medical and psychiatric hospitals, foster care, group homes, after-school programs, and in a studio-based private practice

Phil's research interests include the conceptualization and training of multimodal arts therapies to meet the needs of increasingly diverse student-practitioners and mental health recipients. As a result, Phil's current research focuses on multicultural and social justice counseling, education, and supervision; interdisciplinary and step-wise practice models of multimodal arts therapies; and participatory and transformative research methodology.

For the upcoming low-residency program (Fall 2017), Phil began offering low-residency workshops in 2011. More recently, he helped to design and implement CIIS Expressive Arts Therapy's first hybrid course, EXA Integrative Seminar (Spring, 2015). He is also currently a student in the CIIS low-residency doctoral program in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology.

Representative List of Recent Courses Taught:  

  • History & Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Clinical Applications of Expressive Arts Therapy 
  • Arts in Therapy I & II 
  • Pre-practicum in Social Engagement (Supervisor, GLIDE.org partnership)
  • EXA Integrative Seminar (hybrid course)

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Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty

Joanna Findlay Joanna Findlay
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BA, Cambridge University,
MA, Phillips Graduate Institute ,
Charlie Korda Charlie Korda
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, Central School of Speech and Drama,
MA, University of London,
Wendy Phillips Wendy Phillips
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, Psychological Georgia State University,
MA, Physical Therapy University of North Carolina Chapel Hill,
Nina Strongylou Nina Strongylou
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Rosario Sammartino Rosario Sammartino
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BA/MA, Universidad Católica Argentina,
MA/PhDc, Pacific Graduate Institute,
Jill Therrien Jill Therrien
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BFA, California State University, East Bay,
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Christine Brooks Christine Brooks
Associate Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
BFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts,
Shellee Davis Shellee Davis
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, BA Sonoma State University ,
Danielle Drake Danielle Drake
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Francisco Gomez
Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy
Nicki Koethner
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Patricia Rojas-Zambrano Patricia Rojas-Zambrano
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Shoshana Simons Shoshana Simons
Professor and Program Chair, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, The Fielding Institute,
MA, University of North London,
Shanee Stepakoff Shanee Stepakoff
Adjunct Professor , Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, St. John's University; MFA, The New School University; MA, University of Maryland,
MA, W. Lyon University; BA, Clark University; BS, Worcester State College,
Armand Volkas Armand Volkas
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles,
BA, California State University, Pomona,
Phil Weglarz Phil Weglarz
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, University of Colorado,
Jack Weller Jack Weller
Faculty Emeritus, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara,
BA, University of California, Los Angeles,

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