Erin Rafferty-Bugher, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC

Art Therapy Faculty and Field Experience Coordinator; Full-Time Faculty Member, Student Advisor

As an art therapist, I believe in the power of using art in the healing process.  Art therapy provides an opportunity for an individual to express themselves in a non-traditional way.  Art mediums such as clay, painting, beading, sculpture, doll-making, printing, masks, sewing, photography and book-making are only a few creative ideas that can be explored during the art therapy process.   Art Therapy goals such as developing coping skills, increasing self-expression, identifying feelings, introducing relaxation and calming techniques, developing a positive self-esteem as well as healing from past personal traumatic experiences are only some examples of how art therapy can help an individual achieve success.  I believe in creating a supportive environment that provides safety and containment.  Using a blend of psychological theories that best fit the client’s needs is imperative. I am a humanistic therapist that respects Alfred Adler’s theories of child development as well as his theories on social interest; these are valuable approaches to the art therapy process in today’s society.  Also, Narrative Therapy approaches are a wonderful compliment to the art therapy process.  I think of myself as a facilitator or a guide in a person’s journey towards health.  The process of creating is what is important; therefore anyone is able to participate in the art therapy process.


MA - School of the Art, Institute of Chicago/Rush Medical School
BA - University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Certificate in Art Therapy - Edgewood College, Madison, WI

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Professional Membership: 

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

American Counseling Association
American Counseling Association
American Counseling Association

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Professional Practice: 

Adolescent Day Treatment/  Children's Day Treatment- 1998-2014

Supervision for post-graduates in art therapy and those seeking licensure through the MNBBHT- Current

Select Presentations: 

Native Am Youth AT/ Holism/ ETC - 2019

Lake Superior Design Retreat, Duluth - 2019

NASAP Integrating NASAP Experience - 2017

AATA Conference, Healing Hearts - 2017

Mayo Clinic Arts In Health Care Conference - 2014

Art Therapy as a tool for counselor wellness - 2014/2015

NBIA International Conference - 2015


Gallery Exhibitions:

Adler Graduate School Student/Faculty Exhibit, MN

Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL


Areas of Interest: 

Trauma, Art Therapy, Children and Adolescents.

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

Community feeling.