Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fielding graduate Maxine Junge coauthors Graphic Facilitation and Art Therapy: Imagery and Metaphor in Organizational Development

Graphic Facilitation and Art Therapy: Imagery and Metaphor in Organizational Development -- Michelle Winkel (Author), Maxine Borowsky Junge (Author), Charles N., Ph.D. Seashore (Foreword)

This new book is a refreshing break from the "same old, same old" management consulting paradigms. The author, an artist and art therapist by training, has transformed her skills in those arenas for use in Management consulting, with great success. By creating large wall-sized murals the author applies imagery and metaphors to help organizations she works with conceptualize, understand and solve, their business problems. The case studies are fascinating as they walk step by step through the application of these techniques with 5 completely different type of clients. This book offers interesting lessons and new tools which I am already beginning to apply to my own consulting work.

Maxine Borowsky Junge, PhD, LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM is considered a pioneer of the art therapy profession. She formally began in 1972, at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, CA teaching in the first art therapy Masters program west of the Mississippi. Unlike the tradition in the Northeast where art therapists were usually adjunctive members of an inpatient psychiatry team, with her mentor Helen Landgarten, Max trained clinical art therapists to carry the responsibility of the whole case and who could work in outpatient settings with a variety of populations and problems.

Max is Professor Emerita at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles where she taught for 21 years and was Chair of the Department of Marital and Family Therapy (Clinical Art Therapy.) She has also been a professor at Goddard College in Vermont and Antioch University, Seattle, WA where she taught, psychology, counseling, organizational development and art therapy in the years after her retirement from Loyola Marymount.

Graduating from Scripps in art in 1959, Dr. Junge spent a year traveling around Europe on a motorcycle and married in London. When she returned to Los Angeles, she became employed by Hughes Aircraft as a Technical Editor and Typist for $1.93 an hour. She was educated in the graduate Painting Department at UCLA and, in 1973, received a Masters of Social Welfare from U.S.C (University of Southern California). Innately. a systems thinker, she earned a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute in 1992. Max is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she received the HLM-- the highest award in art therapy from her peers of the American Art Therapy Association. She is a feminist and social justice advocate who trained at the Highlander Research and Education Center, in New Market, Tennessee, since 1932 a focus of social change in America.

Dr. Junge has published six books. Her first, in 1994, is A History of Art Therapy in the United States. The Modern History of Art Therapy in the United States (2010), a whole new work, is her fifth book and along with her first, is the only history in book form of the innovative and fascinating mental health profession of art therapy. It is used in art therapy education programs across the country. Her other books are Architects of art therapy, memoirs and life stories, (2006), about the founders and pioneers of art therapy, Mourning, memory and life itself, essays of an art therapist (2008), containing her favorite published essays about the psychology of art updated along with new material including an analysis of art therapy as a women’s profession. Creative realities, the search for meanings (1998), describes a phenomenological study of visual artists and writers. This research establishes an important alternative theory of creativity to the usual unitary ones and hypothesizes that creativity is born out of differing personality worldviews manifested and illuminated in artwork. Max’s newest book, Graphic Facilitation and Art Therapy: Imagery and Metaphor in Organizational Development will be published next month. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, including conferences and workshops in Japan, Korea and the U.K.

Dr. Junge’s clinical practice of art psychotherapy has been at Cedars-Sinai Hospital—Thalians Community Mental Health Center, Ross-Loos Department of Psychiatry, National Council of Jewish Women and the AIDS medical practice of Dr. Michael Scolaro, all in Los Angeles. She has maintained a private practice since 1973 in clinical work and organizational consulting. She continues with consultation and supervision. Max’s main interest has been family therapy and family art therapy.

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