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Art Therapy

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The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as:

"Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change. Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth. Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation."

Professional ​

Corryn Jackson, LPC, ATR

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2018

Specialties: Art Therapy

Corryn Jackson graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and double majoring in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. She began pursuing her Master’s Degree at Wayne State University in the Fall of 2014 working towards an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. She received her full license in 2018. Corryn is devoted to her ongoing volunteerism and community art engagement throughout southeast Michigan.



    Five years of experience in examination, evaluation and treatment. 

   ● Energetic, friendly and fun-loving attitude.

   ● Experience in various Web-based technologies. 

   ● Responsible, reliable and hard-working.

   ● Can effectively multi-task and maintains calm conduct in high-stress situations.

   ● Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal relations skills.

   ● Effective and creative thinker with ability to quickly and easily analyze and resolve situations.

   ● Interact easily with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and professional and educational levels.

   ● Ability to follow orders and/or work independently in a productive manner.

   ● Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills.

   ● Effective motivator, communicator, and team oriented.

   ● Experience in implementing effective treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults.

   ● Solid theoretical knowledge in assessing and treating mental and emotional disorders.

   ● Volunteer experience providing care and support to patients and families in a medical setting.

   ● Interacting with a broad range of clients, monitoring safety and developing a therapeutic rapport.



The Open Road Collective                                                              January 2024

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy

Private Practice

Counseling and Resource Center of Dearborn                             August 2020-Current

Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist

           ● Planned and provided direct therapeutic and educational services to                            patients using individual and family therapy.

           ● Maintaining quality written individualized treatment plans, case                                   documentation and providing mental health diagnosis.

           ● Organizing and maintaining clinical records following standards and                           agency policies and procedures.


Detroit Behavioral Institute                                                           Jan 2019- June 2020

Clinical Therapist and Art Therapist

  • Facilitated group, family and individual therapy for severely emotionally impaired and cognitively impaired adolescents ages 12-17.

  • Developed quality written individualized Treatment Plans (Initial, Updated and Release Plans), Court Reports and Discharge Summaries that accurately indicate the needs of the youth.

  • Provided 24 hours/7 days on-call availability to respond to client/program crises. 

  • Reviewed all assessment information, including psychological and psychiatric evaluations for assigned residents and completed any follow-up activities and recommendations. 

  • Scheduled and facilitated monthly case conferences, providing clinical input and insight. 

  • Completed all documentation according to federal guidelines, licensing rules, CARF standards. Coordinated care with any medical or mental health professional and/or community service agency personnel providing treatment to the client. 

  • Participated in staff meetings, trainings, and agency activities. 

  • Served as an advocate for youth to ensure that program and contract requirements were met. 

  • Provided coverage for seclusion/restraint authorizations as assigned and completed related debriefings as needed. 

  • Assessed youth for increased staffing (one to one, close observation, acute care) as needed according to DBI policy. 

  • Responsible to work with state licensing consultant in response to investigation questions, interviews and requests while on site. 

  • Restraint, floor engagement. Night time on call rotation


Brighton Center for Recovery- Brighton, MI                                                     2018  

Art Therapy/ Counseling intern

           ● Co-leading daily art therapy groups for inpatient SUD treatment.

           ● Preparing case notes for art therapy and process groups.

           ● Co-facilitating three-day children’s program for COA population ages 7-13.

           ● Individual art therapy sessions.


University of Michigan Pediatric Rehabilitation Center- Ann Arbor, MI         2018

Art Therapy/ Counseling intern

           ● Working with STEPS program for preschoolers with Autism.

           ● MiPAIN program- art therapy program for teens with complex pain.

           ● Developing art therapy experientials for STEPS program.

           ● Data analysis of DAPR- art therapy assessment.


Wayne State University                                              2014-2018
M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy

Eastern Michigan University                                   2003-2006 Bachelors of Fine Arts- concentration in Painting
Majors-African American Studies and Fine Arts 3.5 GPA

Oakland Community College                                 2001-2003

Art Institute of Pittsburgh                                          1999-2001


2003/ 2014 - African American History Museum- Detroit, MI

2006- Hurricane Katrina Relief -Presbyterian Disaster Assistance- Pearlington, MS

2008- Foundation for the Development of Needy Communities- Mbale, Uganda

2009- Chicago Cares-Serve-a-thon/Muralist- Chicago, IL

2014- Arts and Scraps- Detroit, MI

2015- Children’s Hospital of Michigan, DMC- Art Cart- Detroit, MI

2016- Students of Michigan Art Therapy Association- President

2017- ArtsCorpsDetroit- Various locations- President

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