Duyan: cradling diversity through intersections of art and healing

Plenary Workshop Facilitators

Paolo J. Knill, Ph.D.

Born 1932 in Switzerland, Paolo is the founding rector of the European Graduate School EGS, Switzerland and a Professor Emeritus at Lesley University Cambridge, MA.

He studied Science, Musicology and Psychology. He worked as a Psychotherapist, is practicing as Supervisor and is on stage as Musician and Performance Artist.

He was honored by the International Association of Expressive Arts Therapy as a pioneer of the field, he is an honorary member of the ‘Berufsverbandes der Musiktherapeuten’ of Germany and an Honorary Fellow of the Ascona Scientific Association.

Paolo J. Knill is the founder of International School for Interdisciplinary Studies Switzerland and the Network of Expressive Arts Training Centers. As a teacher and artist he has traveled and published internationally, including the books Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy; Minstrels of Soul and his Music is available on CD’s (most recent: Syncopated Synapse).

Margo Fuchs-Knill, Ph.D.

Margo Fuchs Knill is Professor, Dean of the Masters Program, Division of Arts, Health and Society at the European Graduate School EGS and is also a founding faculty member. She is a former Assistant Professor at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is a registered therapist and play therapist supervisor, certified Expressive Arts therapist and a licensed mental health counselor. Margo works in private practice and teaches at training institutes in Europe and the USA.

Prior to her studies in education, special education and psychology at the University of Zurich, she worked as an elementary school teacher and special education teacher in Switzerland. She trained as a Gestalttherapist at the Fritz Perls Institute, Germany and also trained with Ruth Cohn, WILL, TZI, in Theme Centered Interactional Approach.  In 1979 she immigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts for her postgraduate studies (CAGS) in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University. She was lucky to study with the original faculty of the Arts Institute. Her primary mentors were Shaun McNiff, Elizabeth McKim, Norma Canner and Paolo J. Knill. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology and the Arts at Union Institute.

Margo is a poet, writer, visual artist, and a contributing author/artist to several publications about the expressive arts. She is the co-author of Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Therapy and a contributor to Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy.  Her teaching experience encompasses a wide range: developmental psychology, health and illness (psychopathology and salutogenesis), language and discourse, supervision, advanced clinical training, MA research colloquium, poetry, creative writing, biographic work, introduction to Intermodal Expressive Arts, the Expressive Arts’ philosophical base and Expressive Arts methods.

Her primary interest is in demonstrating how poetry serves as another manner of thinking, a “weapon of peace”, and a medium to instill hope. It is her passion to help students develop an Arts-oriented and Arts-based attitude as professionals, and to expand their own style.

Maria Regina A. Alfonso, Ph.D, ATR-BC, LC-PAT

Gina is the lead convenor of Expressive Arts Philippines, and Director of MAGIS Creative Spaces. She has a doctorate in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts, focused on Art Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts; and a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University. Gina has been an educator for 25 years, focused on early childhood and special education. She is also a licensed and board certified clinical professional art therapist, a trauma specialist, and expressive arts practitioner.

As a mental health clinician for 15 years working with individuals of all ages, including couples and families, she works in private practice and is an international education and mental health consultant developing preventive and rehabilitative programs for human service professionals who work with children and communities in vulnerable contexts. She was the lead developer of Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) Psychosocial Support Program at Save the Children, International where she is currently a lead global trainer and has served countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Plenary and Breakout Session Co-Facilitators

Joey Atayde, M.S., R-DMT

Joey is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. After practicing as a ballerina for 15 years, she pursued graduate studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she finished her Master of Science in dance/movement therapy.

As a dance/movement therapist, Joey has worked with numerous individuals ranging from children to seniors. Her clinical practice includes children with autism and developmental delays, adults with various mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, dementia, among others. Upon arriving in the Philippines in 2017, Joey has given talks and workshops about integrating dance/movement therapy into Filipino culture at the Ateneo de Manila School of Medicine, UP Philippine General Hospital, Brain Wellness Center at Asian Hospital & Medical Center, and at The Learning Child School.

She is currently the Expressive Arts Program Director of MAGIS where she is a practicing clinician doing therapy with children and adults, runs various support groups and an expressive arts summer camp, and designs and facilitates training programs for various organizations including the East Asian Pastoral Institute, the Social Work Department of the University of Southern Philippines.

Loreto Jaque, CAGS

Fr. Loreto is from the Archdiocese of Cebu, and is currently based in Lima, Peru, at the Diocese of Chosica after joining the St. James Society in 2014. Prior to joining the society, in Cebu he was a member of faculty and the resident counselor at San Carlos Major Seminary. He also worked in various hospitals for children and women who have suffered sexual abuse. Before moving to Lima, he trained in France and Switzerland for Expressive Arts Therapy. His work and life in Lima brought him to encounter Biodanza, a dance therapy method developed in 1960s Latin America, for which he enrolled in Escuela de Biodanza (School of Bio-Dance). He currently runs a parish-based play therapy program for persons with disabilities.

Marisa Marin, MA, RPsy, CSCLP, CAGS

Marisa is a psychologist who uses music, play, and other expressive modalities in her practice of two decades in the Philippines. She is a founding board member and past president of the Philippine Association of Child and Play Therapy (Philplay), a Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology, associate member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, and member of the American Music Therapy Association. To further her music therapy practice, she has also recently gained her certificate for postgraduate studies in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education & Consulting at the European Graduate School.

Her passion to serve, enjoy playing and music-making began in her work with the cancer patients in Children’s Medical Center (Dr. Fe del Mundo General Hospital), and being part of the team of psychologists in MLAC Institute of Psychosocial Services, Inc. Aside from her private practice, she currently works with various groups such as abandoned and abused children (CRIBS-New Beginning Foundation), ageing priests of the Jesuit Infirmary at AdMU, and individual clients and participants of therapeutic programs (MAGIS Creative Spaces).

Her advocacy for music therapy and service to Filipino children has led her to educational roles as well: she is a supervisor for graduate students at ALRES Philippines, has conducted seminars on Music & Wellness at the UP College of Music Extension Program (UPCMEP), and in 2012 she was invited to represent the Philippines talking about music therapy in Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. She has also contributed to local and international publications including the Music and Medicine Journal, Joey Ayala’s Palay, Kanin, Bigas Sourcebook, and the Philippine Journal of Psychology.