Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCPC
Katharine is an artist, board certified art therapist, and licensed clinical professional counselor based in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She received her Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past several years, she has worked with people facing life transitions ranging from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, to grief and loss, to the impacts of personal, cultural and collective trauma, to sense of purpose. Katharine has experience facilitating individual and group art therapy sessions as well as socially engaged community-building experiences using creative writing, “zine” making, comics, puppetry, improvisation, video, fibers, and a variety of visual arts. Katharine is a Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches an undergraduate course she created, "Comics Narratives: Illness, Disability, & Recovery” in addition to graduate courses including Ethics and Legal Issues in Art Therapy, Fieldwork Supervision, and Art Therapy Graduate Projects. She has worked as consultant and trainer for a University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project which aimed to collaboratively immerse expressive arts into nursing home environments. She has given several professional presentations at local and national conferences. Katharine is passionate about promoting the strengths of individuals and communities, particularly those who are marginalized due to age, ability, mental illness, chronic disease, race, gender, and other factors impacting identity.