MFT Faculty Honored with SCATA Awards

In their annual January meeting, the Southern California Art Therapy Association recognized two Loyola Marymount University faculty members from the Marital and Family (Art) Therapy Department. The faculty members, Louvenia Jackson and Kathleen Fogel-Richmond, were recognized for their distinguished contributions to the art therapy field.

The Southern California Art Therapy Association, or SCATA, is a local chapter of the American Art Therapy Association, an organization with the mission of serving and supporting professionals within the art therapy field.

Jackson, an assistant professor, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award, a tribute to her groundbreaking and tireless efforts to ensure that inclusion, equity and diversity are considered throughout the field of art therapy; in its organizational structures, in its clinical services and in its disseminated scholarship. Jackson focuses on community-based art therapy practice and research in addressing social justice considerations in art therapy education.

SCATA presented Fogel-Richmond, the practicum coordinator, with the Distinguished Educator Award. This award follows her transformative success pivoting practicum sites to virtually delivered telehealth, providing placements for students and psychotherapy for underserved communities during these challenging pandemic times. Fogel-Richmond has provided a keen professional development support for students and alumni.

Debra Linesch, acting interim department chair, noted the entire faculty’s gratitude for the work of these two art therapists in helping the program reach its goals of excellence in the fullest alignment with LMU’s mission.