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, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Gina is the lead convenor of Expressive Arts Philippines, and Director of MAGIS Creative Spaces. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Coaching, Consulting & Education, Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding 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 30 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 20 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.
Thelma Singson Barrera
Thelma Singson Barrera is the Program Administrator for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at the Department of Health. Barrera, a Mental Health and Psychiatric Nurse and Psychological Care Specialist, has extensive experience and is one of the leading figures in Psychosocial Support in the Philippines. She is the Master Trainer for Expressive Trauma Integration – the use of Expressive Arts in Psychosocial Support.
Barrera started her work and advocacy in Disaster Nursing in 1990, after the killer earthquake in Central Luzon. Particularly, she worked on the provision of psychological support to post-disaster/trauma survivors. Since then, she became a member of Psychosocial Response teams as a responder, team leader, trainer.
Barrera’s experience and advocacy has not limited her to fieldwork; she is also a widely-travelled international resource speaker, workshop and program facilitator, and has contributed content to publications by the Department of Health. Her directorship at the Department of Health’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support cluster incorporated principles of the Expressive Arts as a non-intrusive way to provide support, and has been a major contributor to various MHPSS training modules.
She has received awards from the Department of Health in the Philippines, Ministry of Health in Indonesia, and is currently ranked among the Top 3 Outstanding Nurses in government service within the National League of Philippine Government Nurses. In 2018, she was awarded Most Outstanding Alumni at the Southern Islands Hospital School of Nursing.
Loreto Jaque, CAGS
Fr. Loreto A. Jaque is a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Cebu but is now based in Lima, Peru. He is trained in therapeutic play at the La Mouline Play Therapy Training Center in France, in the expressive arts at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and in Biodanza (Dance of Life) at Escuela de Biodanza Peru. As a missionary, he has started various expressive arts programs in his parish in Peru like Circulo Sagrado de Mujeres (a creative, arts/dance space for women), Encuentro de Hombres (for men), Tambor Alma (for persons with special needs), Arte y Alma (for the elderly) and Proyecto de la Luna (bringing the arts to the children in the mountains of Peru). Aside from his parish schedule, he is also teaching “Arts and Spirituality” at CONFER in Peru (Conferencia de Religiosas y Religiosos del Peru). Since 2008, he has been giving expressive art retreats in Bolivia, Peru and Germany. Once in the Philippines for his vacation which is usually every May, Fr. Loreto gives expressive arts workshops in the Visayas and Mindanao. Regularly, he facilitates Dance for Peace workshops for muslims, indigenous peoples and Christians in Midsayap, Cotabato and Davao. He is into mythological storytelling, expressive arts and ecology, Andean earth-based meditation, and the spirituality of dance.
Marisa Marin, MA, RPsy, CSCLP, CAGS
Marisa is a registered psychologist who has used music, play and other expressive arts modalities in her therapy practice for almost two decades. She took her BA Psychology at The Catholic University of America and later on pursued her MA Psychology, focus on Child and Family Development at the Ateneo de Manila University. Recently, she earned a certificate for postgraduate studies in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education & Consulting in the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she hopes to finish her doctorate studies. Her passion to serve, enjoy playing and music making started with the cancer patients in Children’s Medical Center (Dr. Fe del Mundo General Hospital) and was part of the team of psychologists in MLAC Institute of Psychosocial Services, Inc. Presently, she is a practitioner of music therapy in CRIBS-New Beginning Foundation where she handles abandoned and abused children. She also provides music therapy for the aging priest of the Jesuit Infirmary inside the Ateneo Loyola Campus. She is part of MAGIS Creative Spaces, Ayala Alabang where she offers expressive arts therapy for all ages. She joined ALRES-Philippines as a supervisor for graduate students and a psychologist specifically for children with special needs. She has also conducted seminars on Music & Wellness at UP College of Music Extension Program (UPCMEP).
She is a founding board member and past president of the Philippine Association of Child and Play Therapy (Philplay). She is a Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology and an associate member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.
In 2012, she had the opportunity to talk about her music therapy practice in Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea where she was invited to represent the Philippines among other countries. She also contributed to the 2014 Music and Medicine Journal, Southeast Asian edition an International Online Journal with an article, Exploring Therapeutic Songwriting for Filipino Children with Leukemia. And she also wrote a chapter, Music, You and the Adolescent to Joey Ayala’s Palay, Kanin, Bigas Sourcebook. She got an excellent mark in defending her MA thesis, entitled, Exploring the Use of Music Therapy for Filipino Children with Autism. This thesis is condensed and is in the Philippine Journal of Psychology (PJP) December 2004 issue.
Due mostly to her advocacy of music therapy and service to the Filipino children, she has received the TripleA (Amazing Alumni Achiever) award of the Maryknoll/Miriam College in 2011.
Krupa Jhaveri, MPS, TIEATC
Krupa is an international art therapist, art director, artist and founder of Sankalpa: Art Journeys based in Auroville, south India. The mission of Sankalpa is to provide art as a tool for empowerment, insight, connection, growth and healing – bridging village youth and women in south India, the international community of Auroville and facilitating exchanges around the world. Community art outreach is offered with a mobile Art Cart, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to overcome fear in their creative process. Individual, family and group sessions are offered in the Sankalpa Art Center, a hub for expressive arts therapy based in Auroville.
After working on more than 100 children’s books and trade media as an Art Director in publishing in NYC, Krupa found her passion in service, art and healing. With formal graduate Art Therapy training from the School of Visual Arts, she has experience working with children and women with HIV/AIDS, in child protection, as a certified Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy consultant, cross-cultural social justice work through the arts, mindful art-making, and the combined practice of Art & Yoga. Krupa is an Ambassador to India for Art Therapy Without Borders, with specialized research on the therapeutic experience of traditional and sacred Indian art forms including kolam, henna, embroidery, and mandalas. She continues to investigate the links between intention (sankalpa), ritual arts and resilience in humankind.
Born in the US and of Indian ethnic origin, she is a living bridge between cultures through art. As an art therapy gypsy, Krupa travels, presents and teaches regularly throughout Asia, America and Europe. Krupa is currently a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, documenting her work in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Coaching, Consulting & Education, Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding. Krupa’s TEDx Women talk on “Art as a Mirror” can be viewed online.
Amos Manlangit, MAEd
Amos V. Manlangit is from Manila, Philippines. He is an educator and creative professional, having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Masters Degree in Special Education at the University of the Philippines.
He is a professor in the Fine Arts and Humanities in a Philippine college and a teacher to children and adults with special needs. Amos also serves as resource speaker/trainer for topics in education/special education and child development, creative thinking and innovation, resilience and personal leadership, emotions management and wellbeing.
Amos integrates his training in the fine arts to pursue the arts-based approach in helping individuals maximize their expression and communication, enhance creativity, manage stress and nurture their wellbeing. He holds special single sitting art workshops such as mandala plate painting for self-discovery, stress management, staff development, wellness, creativity and resilience building.
Amos’ affiliations include the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Autism Society Philippines, Initiative for Disability Rights and Welfare (iDRAW), Art Ventures and Advocacy Network (ARTVAN), Quezon City Gender and Development Office and the Rotary Club of Quezon City.
Sarah Queblatin is passionate about the power of creativity in personal and collective transformation. Over the years, she designed ceremonies, workshops, and projects for resilience and well-being with various healing, wellness, and advocacy-based organizations. In 2012, her work with mandalas in arts relief, rituals, and community building was awarded by the Arts and Healing Network. Sarah is a resource person and an exhibiting artist with the Carl Jung Circle Philippines.
As Co-Founder of Green Releaf, Sarah offers ecovillage and permaculture design solutions in the contexts of disasters, displacement, and development. Through this, she integrates earth based emotional recovery and creative placemaking tools with community gardens. She weaves indigenous and spiritual ecology as part of a whole systems-based approach for designing resilient and thriving communities. Her current project, Soil, Soul, Story, engages the arts and culture in designing places of remembrance, resilience, and regeneration in conflict and climate vulnerable communities.
Sarah learned her studio arts skills while working with the Education Program of Ayala Museum. She has trained in transformative arts practices with Build a Bridge Institute and through summer units on Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the European Graduate School. She holds a Certificate in Ecospyschology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.