Full Name
Christine Joseph MA
Job Title
Expressive Arts Therapist
Lesley University
Speaker Bio
Ms. Christine Joseph is an expressive arts therapist who has dedicated the last ten years supporting the emotional needs of boys and men, predominantly in correctional settings. She received a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy at Lesley University and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. In 2012, Ms. Joseph began volunteering three days a week at several male juvenile detention centers in the Boston-Metro area. There she used music, drama, poetry, movement, art, and narrative writing as ways to connect and communicate with the youth. Together, Ms. Joseph and the youth deepened their understanding of the power of the arts to enhance intra- and interpersonal communications. After completing her master’s degree, Ms. Joseph returned to the same sites where she volunteered to implement a focused clinical approach. As a Juvenile Justice Residential Clinician, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award for “going far beyond the call of duty.” Ms. Joseph has worked both globally and nationally. Invited to speak on her experiences with incarcerated youth by the University of Florida and Lesley University. Ms. Joseph has provided psychoeducational trainings to community and high school members on the effects of trauma, understanding human sexuality and gender, substance abuse and prevention, depression and suicide. After facilitating weekly groups on DBT and Substance Abuse in the juvenile detention setting, Ms. Joseph has developed a strong interest for all aspects of group therapy. With respect to corrections, Ms. Joseph worked at Centurion Health as a Regional CQI Mental Health Coordinator, reviewing patient care, while providing coverage for groups when she could, and collaborating with mental health colleagues to generate ideas. Currently an Adjunct Professor, Ms. Joseph teaches Human Development and Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy. Ms. Joseph continually affirms the power of the arts as a vehicle of empowerment, and affirms the notion that the authentic self is what creates a successful therapeutic experience for both the client and the therapist.