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Vivien Marcow Speiser

Professor Emerita, Expressive Therapies

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Vivien Marcow Speiser has directed and taught in programs across the United States and internationally and has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures. She believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation.

Her interests and expertise are in the areas of working with trauma and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts and she has worked extensively with groups in the Middle East and in South Africa. She is an expert in the creation and performance of rites of passage rituals and in the use of dance and performance in expressive therapy practice. Her contributions to the field have made her an international leader in dance and expressive therapy and earned her a Fulbright Scholar Award, as well as a Salzburg Global Seminars Fellowship in 2020.

She received an honorary JAAH Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Health Award in 2019, the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health, as well as a 2015 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israeli Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy Association.

Vivien holds a PhD from Union Institute, an M.Ed. from Lesley University, and a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

Scholarship

Publications

Speiser, Vivien Marcow and Speiser, Phillip (2021). ‘The heart of the matter: Arts-based reflections, writings and responses during COVID-19’, Journal of Applied Arts & Health, article first, https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00064_1

Speiser, Vivien Marcow and Speiser, Phillip (2020). 'Thinking Outside of the Box: Using the Arts to Teach About Science in Early Elementary Education.’ Daruna. Scientific, Educational & Literary Journal, Vol. 47:17-24.

Schwartz, S, Lieblich, A,  Marcow Speiser,V., Lakh, E., Cohen, T., Dushi, P., Gilad, A., and Vaisvaser, S. (2020). ‘Life story and the arts: A didactic crossroad.' Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 11:3. DOI: https:// doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00043_7.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2019) Book review: Integrated Care for the Traumatized: A Whole-Person Approach, Serlin, I. Krippner, S. and Rockefeller, K. (eds) 2019. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 10(3) pp. 404-406.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Speiser, P. (2018). When the Time Comes: Interviewing Clinicians About Their Motivation and Inspiration for Working in International Disaster Relief Programs. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 9:2: 261-272.

Kalmanowitz, D., Marcow Speiser, V.,  Schwartz, S., and Kossak, M. (2018). Editorial: Arts-based disaster relief: An overview of psychosocial responses and practices, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 9:2: 149-156.

Marcow Speiser, V.( 2017). A Case Study: Moving Towards Connection: Using Creative Arts Approaches to Enhance the Well-Being of Elders. Chapter in, Maller, D. and Langsam, K. (eds). The Praeger Handbook of Mental Health and the Aging Community: ABC-CLIO, pp.113-121.

Maller, D. & Langsam, K. (eds). (2017). The Praeger Handbook of Mental Health and the Aging Community. 

Marcow Speiser, V. (2017). Re-Entering the Temple: Using Intuition and Empathic Response Toward Healing in Medicine. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 23:6:3-6.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2017). Re-Entering the Temple: Using Intuition and Empathic Response Toward Healing in Medicine. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 23:6:3-6.

Marcow Speiser, V, and Hadari, A. (2016). Breathing in and breathing out: Expressive arts in psychosocial support training in Korea. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 7:2:191-206

Schwartz, S., and Speiser, V.M. (2015). Introducing arts and health in Israel: How cultural factors affect the field's development. World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review 2015, 10 (3/4): 122-137.

Marcow-Speiser, V., and Schwartz, S. (2015). Culturally Responsive Teaching in a War-Affected Area: Lesley University in Israel 1979—2014. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, Volume 7:1.

Beardall, N.G., Brownell, A., Cardillo, N.J., Harmel, P., Karman, S., Marcow-Speiser, V., Newman-Bluestein, D., McKim, E., Smulian-Siegel, D. (2014). The Legacy of Norma Canner. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 36, 1:113-124.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2014). Working in a troubled land: using the applied arts towards conflict transformation and community health in Israel. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 4:3:335-343.

Schwartz, S, Marcow Speiser, V and Wikoff, N. (2014). The arch of arts in health (eds). Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 4:3 237-245.

Marcow Speiser, V. (2012). Towards an Understanding of the Israeli Context for Teaching and Learning. in Schwartz et al, The Arts and Social Change: The Lesley University Experience in Israel: Porat Books.

Schwartz, S., Marcow Speiser, V., Speiser, P., & Kossak, M. (Eds.). (2012).The Arts and Social Change: The Lesley University Experience in Israel. Zur Yigal, Israel: Porat Books.

Marcow Speiser,V and Schwartz, S. (2011). Reflections on the Development of the Lesley University Extension in Israel. In A Century of Innovation (eds) Brown, C.F. and Forinash, M. Baltimore: Publish America.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Schwartz, S. (2011). These stories are burning a hole in my brain: Using the arts to tell the stories of the Jewish immigrant community in Israel. In Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change, (eds) Levine, E. and Levine, S. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Schwartz, S. (2009). Reflections on the Development of the Lesley University Extension in Israel. Chapter in the Lesley Centennial Publication. 

Kossak, M. and Marcow Speiser, V. (eds). (2009). Special edition of the Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice, Issue 14. The Lesley University Extension Program in Israel: Teaching in a Troubled Land

Marcow Speiser, V. (2009) Towards an understanding of the Israeli context for teaching and learning JPPP (ibid)

Marcow Speiser, V. and Serlin, I. (2007) (eds). Special Edition on The Imagine Conference. The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 47(1), 280-288.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Speiser, P. (2007). An Arts Approach to Working with Cross-Cultural Conflicts, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 47(1), 361-367.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Speiser, P. (2007). The Use of the Arts in Working with Fear and Stress in the Israeli Context. The Praeger Series in Body-Mind Medicine: The Art of Healthcare, Volume II.

Franklin, M. and Marcow Speiser, V. (2007). Authentic Movement as a Meditative Practice. The Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice, Issue 12.

Klagsbrun, J. Rappaport, L. Marcow Speiser,V, Post.P , Byers,J. Stepakoff, S. Karman, S. (2005). Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Vol 1 no 1.

Marcow Speiser, V. and Powell, MC. (eds) (2005). The Arts, Education and Social Change. New York: Peter Lang/Lesley Series.

Marcow Speiser, V and Speiser, P. (2005). A Theoretical Approach to Working with Conflict through the Arts. In Marcow Speiser, V. and Powell, C.(eds). The Arts, Education and Social Change. New York: Peter Lang.

Recent Presentations

Co-Curator IACAET Global Care for Caregivers in and through the Arts #1

Creating a Restorative Space for Care-Givers in India, May 21, 2021

Co-curator, IACAET Global Webinar: The Intersection between the Arts in Education, Health, Community and Therapy in International contexts: Tradition, Innovation and Breakthroughs, March 7, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtpE1mtgAbE

Presenter: Tapestries of Tolerance: Weaving Contemplative Practices, Embodiment, and The Arts to Build A Mindful Middle East, November 23, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaszAOVoGdg&feature=youtu.be

Presenter: Poiesis Symposium: Pandemic, Pandemonium, Poiesis: Expressive Arts in a Time of Chaos, November 23, 2020.

World Federation Global Mental Health Day -Unwind with the Expressive Arts, October 10, 2020.

IACASE global connection webinar co-curator. International Conversation on Arts and Trauma ICAT: From Deconstruction to Reconstruction through Covid-19, June 28, 2020.

Workshop on Telling our stories through embodied enactment, Magnet Theatre Company, Cape Town, SANATA CPD Accredited, March 7, 2020.

Lecture on Dance and Community Engagement within the South African Context. University of Cape Town, March 2, 2020.

Workshop on Arts Approaches to Working with Trauma. Lefika La Phodiso Community Art Counselling and Training Institute, Johannesburg, February 28, 2020.

Lecture on Arts and Trauma, Art Therapy Program: University of Johannesburg, February 27,2020.

Incorporating Community Rituals in Dance-Making, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative @ Ebhudlweni Arts Centre:  Mpumalanga SA , February 24, 2020.

Thinking Outside of the Box: Using the Arts to Teach About Science in Early Elementary Education, Conference co-presenter, The Academic Arab College for Teacher Education in Israel, Haifa, December 13, 2018.

Training in Trauma Prevention with refugee populations. Al-Ahliyya Amman University,  Expressive Arts  Approaches to Working with Trauma; Trauma Prevention with Refugees, March 10-13, 2018.

Training in Arts Approaches to Working with Conflict Transformation, the University of the Witwatersrand Drama for Life Program, Johannesburg, South Africa, February 12-16, 2018.

Arts and Social Change, University of Hong Kong, January 29-30, 2018.

Invited Lecture, Expressive Arts Approaches to Social Change, Conference on the Arts and Social Change, The Academic College of Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel, December 22, 2017.

Building Resilience through the arts, in the aftermath following disaster, Institute of Mental Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 18-19, 2018.

Invited LectureExpressive Arts Approaches to Social Change, Conference on the Arts and Social Change, The Academic College of Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel, December 22, 2017.

Workshop Co-Facilitator When the time comes: A psychosocial approach to crisis intervention and building hope through the Expressive Arts. The Academic College for Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel, October 25, 2017.

Community of Scholars with Kristy Kuhn. Creative Process as Pedagogy and Arts-Based Research, March 30, 2017.

ICET Annual Conference, Israel, February 6, 2017. Presenting 35 years of Expressive Therapy in Israel, with Avi Hadari and Karen Barzilay Schechter.

Panel Participant in Arts and Health, Americans for the Arts Conference. Boston: Children’s Hospital, June 18, 2016 

Invited Lecture, Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma, Department of Psychology conference on Trauma, University of the Witwatersrand, May 30, 2016.

Conference co-convener and panel participant on Creative Approaches to Healthy Aging, the 7th Annual Arts in Health Conference, Lesley University, April 15, 2016.

Panel Moderator Multi- Media Arts Project for Seniors -Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 30, 2016.

Panelist, Irle Goldman's Salon. "Mental Health Counselor Training: The Past, the Present, and the Future," April 23, 2015.

Panelist in Symposium. "International Aid Using Artistic Tools -- How To." Academic College for Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel. March 12, 2015.

Co-presenter.  "Buffering Suffering.  Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma."  The 6th Annual Drama for Life Research Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 21, 2014.

Workshop co-facilitator. "Moving Soul, Soul Moving."  Expressive Therapies 40th Anniversary celebration conference, September 17, 2014.

Co-presenter. "Expressive Therapies Approaches to Working with Trauma in Korea."  Global Arts Series, Creativity Commons, Lesley University, September 17, 2014.

Co-facilitator. "Creative Approaches to Working with Conflict Through the Arts."  Kids4Peace Summit.  Newburyport, MA, September 4, 2017.

Keynote Session. Opening to Ritual. The Drama for Life Research Conference, University of the Witwatersrand. The Unfinished Business of Truth and Reconciliation: Arts, Trauma and Healing., Soweto, South Africa, November 21, 2013.

Workshop co-facilitator. Moving Through Trauma: Dance, Drama, Psychodrama and Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma. The Drama for Life Research Conference, Soweto, South Africa, November 20, 2013.

Panelist, Resiliency and Inclusion: Transforming Social and Cultural Identities through the Arts. Global Alliance for Arts and Health’s 24th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April 11, 2013.

Panelist and Panel Chair, On the Seam of Arts and Health: A survey of the Field of Arts and Health in Israel and around the world. The Israeli Society of Creative and Expressive Therapy annual conference. Jerusalem, Israel, December 11, 2012.

THE CENTRE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GENEVA &INSTITUT ODeF, GENEVA - Re-Constructing the Social Fabric of Communities after War Traumas: Introductory workshop for humanitarian workers, June 25, 2012.

NEW DELHI, THE RAYS OF WISDOM INSTITUTE. Keynote address at Ancient Arts Festival/Conference: The Body as a Sacred Instrument, May 17, 2012.

Istanbul, Turkey, Sapir Institute: How to Build Your Professional Career (training workshop), May 12-13, 2012.

Netanya, Israel. Panel member on arts and social change programs in action. Lesley Conference on arts and social change, April 3, 2012.

Melbourne, Australia, MIECAT, Lecture: Arts in Action: Social change through dance and expressive arts therapy, March 5, 2012.

Hong Kong University, Danny Ho Public Lecture Series: The Arts in Wellness and Healthcare inauguration and keynote lecture, February 22, 2012.

Hong Kong University, Arts in Action: Social change through dance and expressive arts therapy training workshop, February 9-10, 2012.

PelePele Arts Academy, Mbabane, Swaziland Liberating Creativity training workshop, January 22-23, 2012.

Drums for Peace, Bulawayo Zimbabwe, Liberating Creativity training workshop, January 12-13, 2012.

Lesley University Extension, Netanya - Dance & Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma lecture, December 26, 2012.

ADTA 45th Conference. New York:Whole Person Approaches to Working with Trauma: Posttraumatic Growth. Vivien Marcow Speiser and Ilene Serlin, September 25, 2010.

Focusing and the Arts as a mindfulness tool in Psychotherapy:Clearing a space for the Therapist. University of Toronto. Conference on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, May 1, 2010.

Creating Change in the World:Expressive Therapy Approaches (co-presented with Phillip Speiser). Pre-conference Workshop, IEATA 8th International Conference, Cambridge, MA, August 12, 2009.

Humanizing an Inhumane World: Expression in the Service of Humanity through the Arts, APA, Division 32, Boston, MA, August 15, 2008.

An Authentic Movement Workshop. 7th International Congress on Psyche, Soma and Spirit, The University of Morales and Tonalzintli Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico, February, 2007.

Panel on Identity as an Artist and Therapist (panel participant ). 7th International Congress on Psyche, Soma and Spirit, The University of Morales and Tonalzintli Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico, February 2007.

Creating Change in the World: Dance and Expressive Therapy Approaches (co-presented with Phillip Speiser). ADTA Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, October 2006.

A Panel Discussion by Dance Therapy Pioneers (panel presenter) ADTA Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, October 2006.

Peacing our World Together (creative arts in learning and expressive therapy group faculty presentation). Empower Peace Conference. Lesley University, August 2006.

An Arts Approach to Working with Conflict (co-presented with Phillip Speiser). Imagine Conference, Tel Aviv, April 2006.

Reclaiming Bones from Stones (co-presented with Nancy Jo Cardillo, and Deborah Smulian) Imagine conference, Tel Aviv, April 2006.

Authentic Movement: Movement for Human Beings Imagine Conference Tel Aviv, Israel, April 2006.

Holding Suffering, Holding Beauty: A Faculty Group Presentation from Moving and Witnessing together in our Authentic Movement Collective. Igniting the Synapses Conference, Lesley University, April 2006.

Mothers and Sons. (Co-presented with Julia Byers.) Raising Cain: Emotional Development of Boys IBMS conference Lesley University, February 2006.

Authentic Movement as a Meditative Practice. Faculty development day workshop. Lesley University, January 2006.

Presentations

Workshop Co-Facilitator, When the time comes: A psychosocial approach to crisis intervention and building hope through the Expressive Arts. The Academic College for Society and the Arts, Netanya, Israel, October 25, 2017.
 
Convener, Creative Process as Pedagogy and Arts-Based Research. Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 30, 2017.
 
Workshop Co-Facilitator, Presenting 35 years of Expressive Therapy in Israel. The Israeli Creative and Expressive Therapy Association Annual Conference, Israel, February 6, 2017.
 
Panel Participant in Arts and Health, Americans for the Arts Conference. Boston: Children’s Hospital, June 18, 2016.
 
Invited Lecture, Expressive Therapy Approaches to Working with Trauma, Department of Psychology conference on Trauma, University of the Witwatersrand, May 30, 2016.
 
Conference co-convener and panel participant on Creative Approaches to Healthy Aging, the 7th Annual Arts in Health Conference, Lesley University, April 15, 2016.
 
Panel Moderator, Multi-Media Arts Project for Seniors - Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 30, 2016.