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Ph.D.  (8/01)  California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco: Integral Studies                                 

                       with a research concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems

                       (Distance Learning)

                        Dissertation: Engaging the Disturbing Images of Evil

                                                (arts-based 1research conducted on a meditation retreat

                                                in Auschwitz, a play 'Survivors' and journaling.)


M.Sc.    (8/73)             California State University, Hayward

                                    Educational Psychology, Counseling

Limited (8/72)            University of California, Berkeley

Status                         Psychology (Phi Beta Kappa)

(2nd B.A.)                     

B.A.    (5/69)                York University, Toronto

                                    Major: English Literature Minor: French Literature


I receive ongoing training working through the arts.      




Past Executive Co-Chair International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA 2014 - 2016)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor (#40904)    

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT)

Clinical Member International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists (IEATA)

Instructor, ‘Roots of Empathy’ (anti-bullying program K-8), Toronto

Community College Teaching Credential, California

Community College Counseling Credential, California

Certified Member Ontario Association of Counselors, Consultants, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)

Advisory Committee: Peacebuilders International (Toronto, Canada)

Registered Counselor, Israel

Canadian Writers Union

MENSA Canada 


Academic Employment


2017 - Present    California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA.

                             Associate Professor, Ph.D. committee member

1996 - Present   Meridian University, Petaluma, California

                             Core Faculty


2003 - 2016       CREATE  (formerly ISIS-Canada), Toronto.

                           Acting Co-Director (2001-2002), (2005-2006)

                           Faculty: Graduate Training in the Expressive Arts: Weekend Intensives (Ethics,           

                           Lifespan Development, Arts-Based Research)


2007 - 2014         Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), Palo Alto, California

                             Associate Faculty, Director Creative Expression

                             ProSeminar: Creative Expression

                             Advanced Clinical Skills; Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor


2007- 2009        Heald College

                            Online Faculty: Design and Teach, Introduction to Psychology


2003 - 2009       Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCi)

                             Online Faculty: General Psychology; Critical Thinking Skills Strategies for 

                             Success; Faculty Trainer


2002 - 2008         European Graduate School. Leuk, Switzerland.

                              Adjunct Faculty; Masters Thesis Advisor


2002 - 2007          Fleming College – Haliburton School of The Arts, Haliburton, ON

                               Adjunct Faculty: Exploring Childhood Through the Arts


2005 – 2006         International School for Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS-Israel)

                              Guest Lecturer; Design and Teaching: Theater for Therapists, Faculty 



Clinical Work 


1974 – Present      Private Psychotherapy and Consulting Practice: San Francisco   (Previously in Monterey, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Haifa, Toronto)

                              Individual, couple, child, adolescents, family and group; Supervision;   

                              Consulting; Weekend workshops


2005 - 2006        Roots of Empathy, Toronto

                             Instructor: Anti-Bullying Program for K thru 8


1991 - 1998         Creche Family & Child Centre, Toronto

                             Senior Therapist: adoption, fostering, sexual abuse and neglect (infants and pre- schoolers and their families; practicu


1985 - 1988          Na’amat, Tel Aviv, Israel

                             Group Facilitator: Women’s issues


1986 - 1988         Lin Hospital, Haifa, Israel

                            Mental Health Case-worker, Oncology


1984 - 1986         Soroka Hospital, Beersheva, Israel

                            Mental Health Caseworker (group, couple, individual)


1980 – 1982         Be’ersheva Prison, Be’ersheva

                             Case worker: First time offenders and families




  • 2017: Playing with Auschwitz: a liminal inquiry into evil. In E.G. Levine & S. K Levine (Eds.), New developments in expressive arts therapy: The play of poeisis. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


  • 2015:  Review: Attunement in the Expressive Arts – Towards An Understanding of Embodied Empathy. M. Kossak. Charles C. Thomas Publishers Ltd. In Journal of Applied Arts and Health: Springfield, Ill. 

  • 2015: Transpersonal Space/Time Through the Arts. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. Volume 34

  • 2013: Playing with Auschwitz: A liminal inquiry into images of evil. In Poeisis: A Journal of the Arts and Education. Vol. 15. Toronto: EGS Press.

  • 2013: Transpersonal Experience and the Arts: From the Chauvet Cave to Occupy Wall Street. In H. Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of transpersonal psychology. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


  • 2012: Anomalous Experience in a Therapeutic Context. In Anomalous Experience (ed. C. D. Murray). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

  • 2010: Toying with Auschwitz. In ‘Against Doing Nothing: Evil and Its Manifestations’ (eds. S. Smith & S. Hill). Oxfordshire, U.K.: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • 2010: Review: Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering, S.K. Levine. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia (2009). In The Arts in Psychotherapy. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Publishing.

  • 2010: Historical Trauma: an imaginal perspective. In ReVision: a journal of consciousness and transformation. Vol. 31 (1). Middletown, CA: Revision Publishing.

  • 2009: Engaging the Disturbing Images of Evil: How do those born after remember Auschwitz? Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

  • 2009 (Spring): 10th Contribution to Ripening Seeds, The Harvest of Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (ed. K. T. Donohue). In IEATA (International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists) Annual Newsletter. 

  • 2008: Now’s the Time to Think. In ‘In Praise of Poiesis: The Arts and Human Existence’ (eds. P. Antze & E. Levine). Toronto: EGS Press.

  • 2008 (June): Toying with Auschwitz. In Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness: An Inter-Disciplinary and Multi-Disciplinary Journal.

  • 2006: What is our response to madness? In ISIS-Report 2006, editorial.

  • 2005:  Art Heals by Shaun McNiff: A review. In Poeisis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, Vol. 5. Toronto: EGS Press.

  • 2005: Researching the Images of Evil: an arts-based methodology in liminal space. In Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 11 (3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • 2003: Rage by Michael Eigen. A review. In Poeisis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, Vol. 4. Toronto: EGS Press

  • 2002:  Engaging Evil in a Post-Modern World. In Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, Vol. 3. Toronto: EGS Press.   


  • 2001: Engaging the Disturbing Images of Evil. Dissertation Abstracts International, 62 06, 2255A. (UMI No. 3016606)


  • 2000:  A Methodology for Arts-Based Research: Entering the Worm-Hole - Inviting Disturbing Images into Liminal Space. In Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, Vol. 2. Toronto: EGS Press.

  • 1997: Good Enough Fairy Tales for Resolving Sexual Abuse Trauma. In Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 23 (5), pp. 439 - 445. New York: Pergamon Press.


  • 1996: Symposium 1996. In C.R.E.A.T.E. Journal of the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapies Exchange, Vol. 6, p. 73.


  • 1992: Border Crossing. Toronto: Mosaic Press Publishers.


  • 1989: Shivitti: a vision. (co-translator) San Francisco: Harper & Row.


  • 1989: Bourgeois Blues. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc. 



  • 2018, April: Transforming Unsettling Imagery in the News through the Arts to Increase Empowerment, 2nd Annual Summit: Creativity in the Arts & Healing, Los Angeles, CA.


  • 2013, March: Arts-Based Research. 10th International Conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Expressive Arts in the Winds of Change, Berkeley, CA.


  • 2012, November: Insight Dialogue. 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning. A Future for Earth: Re-Imagining Learning for a Transforming World, Berkeley, CA.


  • 2011, May: The Poetic Body: Integrating somatic psychology and the expressive arts.   Panel at Meridian University, Petaluma, CA.


  • 2011, January: It was a lovely day in Auschwitz. Choral reading in Auschwitz for the Psychodrama-Institut für Europa held in June 2010 and published 2011 in the Institut newsetter.


  • 2009, August: Staying Light on our Feet: Forbidden Responses to Oppression. 8th International. Conference, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 


  • 2008, March: Toying with Auschwitz. Paper and DVD presented at the Ninth Annual Conference on Evil and Wickedness, Salzburg, Austria.


  • 2005, November 7: A Thousand Threads: a story told through Yiddish letters. A staged reading at Leah Posluns Theatre, Toronto.


  • 2005, November: Rendezvous with Madness. Panel at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Film Festival, Toronto.


  • 2005, July: Engaging Evil. Conference – ‘Education and Imagination’, Simon

      Fraser University, British Columbia


  • 2003, July: Remembering What You Weren’t There For. Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of the South, Sewanee, Arkansas.


  • 2003, October: Engaging the Disturbing Images of Evil Through the Arts. Fifth International Transformative Learning Conference Innovative Session, Columbia University, New York


  • 2003, March:  Engaging the Disturbing Images of Evil. Presentation for the Center for Arts-Informed Research, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto.


  • 2001: Innovative Workshop: Insight Dialogue.  Co-presenter at the Transformative Learning Conference,  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto


  • 2001, October: The Trickster at Auschwitz. Paper presented at conference of the Semiotic Society of America, Toronto


  • 2001, June: How do we respond to genocide? Paper presented on panel "Teaching About Genocide" at conference of The Association of Genocide Scholars, Minneapolis, MN 


  • 2001, February: Online Learners Learn How Online Communities Learn. Paper presented at conference Stop Surfing - Start Teaching, Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina


  • 1999:  Online Learners Learn How Online Communities Learn. Paper presented at Spotlight on the Future at the National Educational Computing Conference, Atlantic City, NJ


  • 1999: Ourstory: A Progress Report By Online Ph.D. Students About Developing Collaborative Qualitative Documentation Using As Text Their Own Learning Community's Process. Paper presented at Advances in Qualitative Methods. Edmonton: University of Alberta.


  • 1997: Play Therapy. Presentation at International Play Therapy Assoc. Conference, San Antonio.


  • 1997: Play Therapy. Presentation at International Play Therapy Assoc. Conference, Honolulu.


  • 1997: Play Therapy. Presentation at International Play Therapy Assoc. Conference, Orlando


  • 1996: Exploring Ego States Through Play. Presentation at International Play Therapy Assoc. Conference, Toronto.


  • 1995: Working with Abused Children. Presented with 'Helping Bosnian Refugees' at The Easter Symposium for Expressive Arts Therapists, Leuk, Switzerland.


'Survivors' 1975


'Survivors' 1975

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