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Denise R. Wolf, MA

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Denise R. Wolf


Associate Clinical Professor

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Denise R. Wolf, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC, LPAT, is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University in the graduate art therapy and counseling program. She is the owner and practitioner/therapist of Mångata Services. Wolf is a licensed professional counselor, licensed professional art therapist, as well as a registered, board certified and an art therapy certified supervisor through the Art Therapy Credentials Board. For over 20 years, Wolf has been practicing as a therapist treating adolescents and adults with histories of complex interpersonal trauma. She works as a consultant for many Philadelphia organizations including The Philadelphia Art Museum providing clinical supervision and programming related to trauma-sensitive care across settings.

Wolf has presented at city, state, national and international conferences in the areas of trauma informed care, trauma and neurobiology, pedagogy and clinical supervision. She has several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to seminal texts on her clinical work.

Academic Distinctions

  • Drexel Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2017
  • Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Award, 2017 and 2018
  • University of the Arts Presidents Fund for Excellence Award, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association Ron Hays Presenter’s Award, 2016 and 2019

Professional Society

  • Peace Paper Project art therapist
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association
  • Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education

Editorial Review Board Membership

  • ACATE (Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education) Board Member, 2016 – 2020
  • ACATE (Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education) Site visitor, 2020 – current
  • American Art Therapy Association Scholarship Chair, 2018 – 2022
  • Mastery Charter Schools Trauma Sensitive Steering Committee, 2020 – 2022

Selected Publications

  • Corrado, M., Bills, L., & Wolf, D. (in press) Trauma Triptych: Multi-Disciplinary Case Analyses in Art Therapy, Social Work, and Psychiatry. International Journal of Art Therapy.
  • Wolf, D. & King, J. (2021). The Juxtaposition of Rupture and Repair: Exploring Trauma and Resilience with Women on the Paths of Childbearing, Birth and Motherhood. In N. Swan-Foster (Ed.) Art Therapy and Childbearing Issues. (pp. 21-30). Routledge
  • Wolf, D. (in press). Transformation in Papermaking: When Content Mirrors Process. In Matott, D.L., & Miller, G.M. (Eds.) The Art and Art Therapy of Papermaking: Material, Methods, and Applications. (pp. x-xx). Routledge
  • Stickley, S. & Wolf, D. (2021). Create, Destroy, Transform: A Brain-Based Directive for Trauma Treatment. In V. Huet & L. Kapitan (Eds.), The Emerging Picture: International Advances in Art Therapy Research & Practice. (pp. 2-13). Cambridge
  • Wolf, D. (2018a) Adolescent Group Art Therapy. In C. Haen & N. Boyd (Eds.), Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice. (pp. 69-86). Routledge

Research Interests

Intersections of trauma, neuroscience and art therapy; art therapy in museums as an egalitarian and accessible space, universal design for learning in graduate education, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), school-based art therapy, best practices for graduate art therapy education, papermaking as community action art therapy.

  • MCP Hahnemann University (Drexel), The Graduate School, Philadelphia PA
    Master of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy, 1999
  • Kutztown University, Kutztown PA
    Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Minor in Psychology, 1996
    Kappa Delta Pi
    Cum Laude

Post-graduate training/additional coursework

  • Mindful Schools: Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mindful Educator Essentials
    Introduction to mindfulness practices, basic understanding of the neuroscience of emotion. Training in implementation of a researched-back curriculum for a school wide mindfulness program. September 2016 – December 2016
  • Storiez Intervention Training
    Storiez training, provision of culturally sensitive, client centered treatment for inner city youth. August 2016
  • Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD
    Intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). April 2016
  • Neurosequential Mode of Therapeutics Training
    The Neurosequential approach is a neurodevelopmentally informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning. June 2015
  • Increasing the Effectiveness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.A collaborative effort between DBHIDS and Treatment Implementation Collaborative aimed to further practice in the basic protocols of DBT. March 2015 – August 2015
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive
    A collaborative effort between Drs. Marsha Linehan and Dr. Kathryn Korslund, Behavioral Tech LLC, and DBHIDS to promote the sustained implementation of DBT in the Philadelphia area. May 2012 – June 2013
  • Special Education Certificate Program
    Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA. Completed May 2011