Michael
		
		Franklin

Michael
Franklin
michaelf@naropa.edu | 303-546-3545

Director, Art Therapy Program, Transpersonal Counseling Psychotherapy
Graduate School of Psychology
PhD, Lesley University
MA, George Washington University
ATR-BC, The American Art Therapy Association
BA, University of South Florida

Areas of Specialization:

  • Art Therapy and Contemplative Practice
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Service Learning and Community-Based Art Therapy
  • Studio Based Art Therapy
  • Art-Based Research

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is the coordinator of the Transpersonal Art Therapy program and director of the Naropa Community Art Studio at Naropa University. Prior to Naropa, he practiced as a clinician and directed the Art Therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael is an international lecturer and has published numerous papers on various subjects including aesthetics, self-esteem, AIDs iconography, interpretive strategies, community based art therapy, and contemplative approaches including yoga, meditation and empathic methods. Michael's current research as an artist and writer focuses on integrating the relationships between art therapy, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation.

See artisyoga.com for more information about Michael's work on art, yoga, and meditation. 

 

Artwork by Michael FranklinAcademic Positions

1. Full Professor, Core Faculty, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department, Naropa University

Coordinator, Graduate Art Therapy Program, August 1997 to present.

2001, founder and director of the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS)

2. Faculty member, SASANA, Bogota Colombia, July 2012 to present.

3. Associate Professor (Tenured), Division of Art Therapy/Art Education Director of Art Therapy Program School of Art, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH August l986 to July 1997.

4. Director of Art Therapy and Art Education Programs College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN September l984 to June l986.

 

Editorial Positions

Member of the AATA editorial board for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2005-present.

 Artwork by Michael Franklin

Research Interests

  • The relationship between the art-making process, meditation practice, and yoga philosophy.
  • Maintaining active involvement with studio art efforts.
  • The role of the socially engaged, transpersonal artist and therapist.

 

Publications, Presentations, and Exhibitions

Publications

Franklin, M. A. (2013) Mindful considerations for training art therapists: Inner friendship - outer professionalism. In Rappaport, L. (ed.), Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice (pp. 264-275). London: Jessica Kingsley.

Blandy, D., Franklin, M. A. (2012). Following the Siren's Song: Scott Harrison and the Carousel of Happiness. Wexler, A. (Ed.), Reframing art education beyond the classroom. Palgrave Macmillan.

Franklin, M. (2012). Karuna – Ahimsa – and relational aesthetics: Empathic art interventions for contemplative approaches to psychotherapy. In de Silva, P. (Ed.), Buddhist Psychotherapy, 145-154. Ayuthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

Franklin, M. A. (2012). Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research. Journal of Applied Arts and Health: Special Issue on Art-Based Research: Opportunities & Challenges. 3(1), 87- 96.                  

  • This article was re-republished in: Art as Research: Opportunities and Challenges; Intellect Books Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research. **Artwork selected for the cover of the book.

Artwork by Michael Franklin

Franklin, M (2010). Affect regulation, mirror neurons and the 3rd hand: Formulating mindful empathic art interventions. Art Therapy: The journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 27(4), 160-167.

Franklin, M. (2010). Global Recovery and the Culturally/Socially Engaged Artist. In Peoples, D. (Ed.), Buddhism and Ethics. Ayuthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

Franklin, M.; Siemon, T. (2008). Towards an understanding of the fundamental healing and therapeutic qualities of art. Journal of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine. 6 (3), 269–273.

Franklin, M. (2008). Art as contemplative practice: Ethics and social action. In Peoples, D. (Ed.), Buddhism and Ethics, 376–382. Ayuthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

Franklin, M. (2007). Contemplations of a middle man: Anima rising. Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.24 (1), 4–9.Artwork by Michael Franklin

Franklin, M.; Rothaus, M.; Schpock, K. (2005). Unity in diversity: Communal pluralism in the art studio and the classroom. In Kaplan, F. (Ed.), Art therapy and social action: Treating the world's wounds. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Franklin, M. (2001). The yoga of art and the creative process: Listening to the divine. In M. Farrelly-Hanson (Ed.), Spirituality and art therapy: Living the connection (pp. 97–114). London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Franklin, M.; Farrelly-Hanson, M.; Marek, B.; Swan-Foster, N.; Wallingford, S. (2000). Transpersonal art therapy education. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 17(2), 101–110.

Franklin, M. (1999). Art practice/ psychotherapy practice/meditation practice: Sitting on the dove's tail. Guidance and Counseling. 15(3), 18–22.

Franklin, M. (1999) Becoming a student of oneself: Activating the witness in meditation and super-vision. American Journal of Art Therapy, 38(1), 2–13.

Franklin, M. (1996) A place to stand: Maori culture-tradition in a contemporary art studio. Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 13(2), 126–30.Artwork by Michael Franklin

Franklin, M. (1993). AIDS iconography and cultural transformation: Visual and artistic responses to the AIDS crisis. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 20(4), 299–316.

Franklin, M. (1993). The image as cultural messenger: Iconography of the AIDS crisis. In F. J. Bejjani (Ed.), Forum on arts and medicine. New York: Med Art Press.

Franklin, M., & Politsky, R. (1992). The problem of interpretation: Implications and strategies for the field of art therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 9(3), 163–175.

Franklin, M. (1991). Art therapy and self esteem. Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 9(2), 78–84.

Franklin, M. (1990). Aesthetics and empathy: A point of convergence. American Journal of Art Therapy, 29(2), 42–47.

Franklin, M. (1981). Terminating art therapy with emotionally disturbed children. American Journal of Art Therapy, 20(2), 55–57.

 

Recent Selected Presentations

  • Selected Presentations (international)

 “Finding Institutional Happiness In The Art Studio: The Ordinary Sanity of Community-Based Relational Environments” Creative University Conference, Royal University of Bhutan, April 2014.

“Following the Image – Manifesting Unconscious Truth Through Art” SASANA, Bogota, Colombia, August 2013. “Introduction to Art Therapy” SASANA, Bogota,Colombia, August 2013.

“Introduction to Art Therapy” SASANA, Bogota, Colombia, August 2013.

"An Introduction to the Clinical Foundations and Expressive Applications of Art Therapy." Arkabace, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2013.

"Creating our Dialogues: Surfacing the Voices of Fragility and Resiliency Through Art, Writing, and Contemplative Witnessing." Arkabace, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2013.

"Creating our Dialogues: Surfacing the Voices of Fragility and Resiliency Through Art, Writing, and Contemplative Witnessing."  SASANA, Bogota, Colombia, August, 2012.

"Introduction to Art Therapy." SASANA, Bogota, Colombia, August, 2012.

"Artistic Practices for Self -Supervision: Developing Compassion and Empathy in Clinical Practice." Arkabace, Datcha, Turkey, June 2012.

"Art as Cognitive –Affective – and Somatic Intelligence: Connecting Creative Healing with Psychotherapy." Arkabace, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2012.

"Karuna – Ahimsa – and Relational Aesthetics: Empathic Art Interventions for Contemplative Approaches to Psychotherapy." Ayuthaya, Thailand: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, June, 2012.

"Expressive Foundations of Community Based Therapeutic Arts" Community service project: Fundacion Auromira and Libelula (Dragonfly). Villa Del Leyva, Colombia, November, 2011.

"Therapeutic and Contemplative Aspects of Art". Museo Casa Antonio Narino, Villa Del Leyva, Colombia, November, 2011.

"The language of Art Materials and Their Potential for Working with Individuals and Groups." Visiting Instructor for SASANA, Bogota, Colombia, November, 2011.

"Silence, Intention, Attention, and Witness: An Art Retreat." Visiting Instructor for SASANA, Bogota Colombia, June, 2011.

"Clinical Foundations and Applications of Art Therapy." Visiting Instructor for Davranis Bilimleri Enstituse (Institute of Behavioral Sciences), Istanbul, Turkey, April, 2011.

"The Clinical and Contemplative Application of Empathic Art Responses." Visiting Instructor for SASANA, Bogota Colombia, January, 2011.

"Advanced Practices in Art Therapy." Sasana, Bogota, Colombia, July, 2010.

"An Introduction to Transpersonal Art Therapy." Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, September, 2008.

"Art As Contemplative Practice: Ethics and Social Action." First Summit of the International Association of Buddhist Universities on Buddhism and Ethics, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU)
Ayuthaya, Thailand, September, 2008.

"Holding Multiple Perspectives: The Transpersonal Vision of Art as a Therapy." Seoul Women's University, Seoul, South Korea. Designed and taught a 4 day workshop for faculty and graduate students, June, 2007

Visiting instructor for Lesley University for their Expressive Therapies graduate program in Natanya Israel. Taught GEXTH 5023, Symbolic Processes of Psychotherapy, May 2005.

"Becoming a Student Of Oneself- Activating The Witness In Meditation, Art, and Supervision" International Transpersonal Psychology Conference, Vancouver, Canada, August 2000.

"The Separation of Subject From Object: Integrating Duality Through Art" Visiting artist workshop presented to the design students at Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand, June l994.

"The Inward Journey and Art Therapy: Personal and Clinical Accounts of the Creative/Healing Process" Hutt Valley Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand, June l994.

 

  • Selected Presentations - Universities and Keynote Addresses (invitational)

“Expression, Imagination, and Creativity: An Introduction to the Field of Art Therapy” Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, August 2013

"Artistic Practices for Self-Supervision: Contemplative and Empathic Methods for Compassionate Insight." Antioch University, Seattle, Washington, June 2013 

"Yoga, Meditation, and Art Therapy: Personal, Clinical, and Educational Considerations for Mindful Practice." Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, March, 2012.

"Self Supervision, The Other, and the Development of Compassion Through Empathic Art Responses." The Centre on Behavioral Health: University of Hong Kong, December, 2011.

"Affect Regulation, Attachment Theory, and the 3rd Hand: Formulating Mindful Empathic Art Interventions." Keynote address Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Columbus, OH, September, 2010.

"An Applied Transpersonal and Contemplative View of Art Therapy." Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, October, 2009.

"Using Art to Work With Countertransference in Supervision." Naropa University Counseling Center, Boulder, CO, February 2009.

"Teaching to Connect the Heart and Mind." Georgetown University, Washington DC, December, 2008.Artwork by Michael Franklin

"Art Based Empathic Methods for Cultivating We-Centric Space." Keynote Address, Illinois Art Therapy Association. Chicago, IL, January, 2008.

"An Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology and Transpersonal Art Therapy." Weekend workshop at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI, February, 2007.

"From Virtual Space To Heart Space: Celebrating The Pilgrimage Of The Arts." Weekend workshop at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, March 2001.

"Becoming A Student Of Oneself: Transpersonal Applications Of Art Therapy." One credit hour course taught at the graduate art therapy program, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI, August 2000.

"From Virtual Space To Heart Space: Celebrating The Pilgrimage Of The Arts." Keynote Address Northern California Art Therapy Association, Assilomar, CA, June 2000.

"Art Practice, Psychotherapy Practice, Meditation Practice: Sitting on the Dove's Tail." Featured speaker for a weekend workshop, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, October 1999.

"The Self Esteem Equation: Engaging The Antidotes of The Arts And Contemplative Practice." Keynote address for the Center for Creativity. Sponsored by The Center for Creativity, The Arts and Therapy and Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI, April, 1999.

 

  • Selected Papers/Presentations (refereed and invitational)

“Art Therapy, Yoga, and Mindfulness: Contemplative Approaches to Practice- Year, 2” Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, co-presented with Ellen Horovitz and Patricia Isis, Seattle, WA, June, 2013.

“Mindfulness and Art Therapy: Application, Benefits, Challenges, Cautions” Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, co-presented with Laury Rappaport, Caroline Peterson, and Patricia Isis, Seattle, WA, June, 2013.

“Clinical Foundations and Practical Applications of Art Therapy (I and II)” Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, September 2013

“Art Therapy, Yoga, and Mindfulness: Contemplative Approaches to Practice- Year, 2.” Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, co-presented with Ellen Horovitz and Patricia Isis, Seattle, WA, June, 2013.

 “Mindfulness and Art Therapy: Application, Benefits, Challenges, Cautions.” Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, co-presented with Ellen Horovitz and Patricia Isis, Seattle, WA, June, 2013. 

“The Gift of Cancer: Tracking the Longitudinal Embodied Narratives of Fragility and Resiliency Through of Art and Meditation” (2013). Expressive Arts Therapies as Medicine. Washington DC. 

"Mirror Neurons and the 3rd Hand: Formulating Empathic Art Interventions" (2012). Expressive Therapies Summit, New York City, NY.

"Contemplation and Clay for Self-Supervision and Compassionate Therapy" (2012). Expressive Therapies Summit, New York City, NY.

"Masters Supervision Group: Mindfulness and Other Mediation Approaches to Art Therapy" (2012). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Savannah, GA.

"6 Years to Make a Pot: Challenges of Art-Based Contemplative Inquiry" (2012). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Savannah, GA.

"Art Therapy, Yoga, and Mindfulness: Contemplative Approaches to Practice" (2012). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Savannah, GA.

"Mindfulness and Other Meditation Approaches To Art Therapy" (2011). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Washington, DC.

"Art Therapy, Yoga, and Tantra: Are There Connections" (2010).
Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Video: "Clay and Charcoal: A Collaboration with Fire, Cancer...and earth, water, air, and space..." (2010) Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Sacramento, CA.

"Inspiring Empowerment with Art Exhibition and Art Therapy: An Art Committee Presentation" (2009). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Dallas, TX. Co-presented with Geoffrey Thompson ATR-BC, Randy Vick ATR-BC, Josie Abbenante ATR-BC, and Janis Timm-Bottos PhD, ATR-BC.

Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Personal, Clinical, and Educational Reflections" (2009). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Dallas, TX. Co-presented with Patricia Isis PhD, ATR-BC.

"Seeing and Knowing the Mind Through Contemplative Approaches to Art." (2009). Contemplative Heart in Higher Education, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, April.Artwork by Michael Franklin

"Reflections on Social Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Art Based Approaches to Empathy" (2008). Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Cleveland, OH.

"Art Therapy and Visual Literacy: Cultivating Sensitivity to Provocative Public Imagery." (2007). Annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Co-presented with Linda Chapman ATR-BC.

"Investigating the Role of Art Criticism in Art Therapy: An Art Committee Panel Presentation."(2007). Annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Co-presented with David Henley PhD, ATR-BC, Geoffrey Thompson ATR-BC, Robin Valicenti ATR-BC.

"Reciprocal Paths: The Gifts and Challenges of Female and Male Art Therapists." (2007). Annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Co-presented with Randy Vick ATR-BC, Jossie Abenante ATR-BC, and Cathy Moon ATR-BC.

"The Social Nervous System and Its Correlates to Community Based Art Therapy." (2006). Lesley University, Body, Mind, and Spirit annual conference, Cambridge, MA.

"The Social Nervous System and Its Correlates to Community Based Art Therapy." (2006). Annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

"Generosity in Action: A continuing Artistic Exchange."(2005). Annual American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Co-presented with Cathy Moon ATR-BC, Lori Vance ATR-BC, and Randy Vick ATR-BC.

"Expanding Practice: A Continuing Artistic Exchange." Co presented with: Cathy Moon, Lori Vance, and Randy Vick. American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, November, 2003.

"Unity In Diversity: Communal Pluralism In The Art Studio." Co presented with Merryl Rothaus and Kendra Schpock. American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Washington, DC, November, 2002.

"Compassionate Activism: A Continuing Artistic Exchange" Co presented with: Cathy Moon, Lori Vance, and Randy Vick. American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM, November, 2001.

"Art Therapy's Borders: Selfless Service, Service Learning, and Service as Social Transformation" (Opening Plenary Session). Co presented with Cathy Malchiodi and Holly Calligan. American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM, November, 2001.

"From Virtual Space to Heart Space: Celebrating The Pilgrimage of The Arts" American Art Therapy Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2000.

"Art Therapists Without Borders: Service and Compassion Beyond the Self" Co-presented with Cathy Malchiodi, American Art Therapy Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2000.

"In Transit: A Continuing Exchange" Co-presented with Randy Vick, Cathy Moon, and Lori Vance, American Art Therapy Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2000.

"Transpersonal Approaches to Art Therapy Training" Panel member, American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Orlando, FL, November 1999.

"The Yoga of Art and Process: Following the Image" American Art Therapy Association National Conference, Orlando, FL, November 1999.

 

Exhibitions and VideoArtwork by Michael Franklin

Video: "Clay and Charcoal: A Collaboration with Fire, Cancer...and earth, water, air, and space...". Annual Art Therapy Association National Conference, Sacramento, CA, November, 2010

November, 2010. "7 ATE 9," faculty show, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, October, 2009.

"Art For Life: The Practice of Imagination," The Naropa University Nalanda Gallery, May, 2006

"The Naropa University Faculty Art Show," The Naropa Institute Gallery, Boulder, CO, June 1997, 1998, 1999 (Regional invitational).

"The Healing Imagination," Wasmer Gallery, Urusline College, Cleveland, OH, May 1996, (Juried Regional) 2 pieces

"Positive/Negative: Artists React to AIDS," Artspace/Lima Center for the Visual Arts, Lima, OH, November 1993, (regional invitational)

"Toledo Area Artists 75th Annual Exhibition," Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 1993, (juried regional) l piece Jurors: Joseph Ketner, Director, Washington University Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri; Louis Marinaro, sculptor, Ann Arbor; Jose Roderio, painter, Frostburg State University, Maryland. Entries: 800.

School of Art Faculty Exhibition, Bowling Green State University 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 199l, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996.

 

Honors and Awards

Master of ceremonies for the presidential inauguration of Charles Lief, Naropa University. February, 2013.

Faculty speaker, Naropa University graduation. May, 2012.

Selected by the Naropa faculty to offer the opening convocation for the 2004 academic school year.

Invited to judge the strongest M.A. Thesis for the graduate program in Expressive Therapies, University of Louisville. The winner received the "Alumni Award for Research." May, l992.

Received an award for the best paper in the "Arts as Medicine" category at the 1992 International World Congress on Arts and Medicine.

'Il Magnifico Award for excellence in teaching, Medici Circle, BGSU, April l992.

Award for service to the Program Committee for the National Conference of the American Art Therapy Association, l990, l99l, l992.

Award for service to the Education Committee of the American Art Therapy Association, l990, l99l, l992.

'Il Magnifico Award for excellence in teaching, Medici Circle, BGSU, April l990.

Received a Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, BGSU, May l988.

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