Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is the chair of the Transpersonal Art Therapy program and director of the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Throughout his career, Michael has practiced as a clinician and educator, directing the art therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael lectures nationally and internationally and is the recipient of the American Art Therapy Associations 2016 Distinguished Educator Award.

Michael has published numerous articles on various subjects including aesthetics, self-esteem, AID's iconography, interpretive strategies, community based art therapy, art-based empathic interventions, and contemplative approaches including yoga, and meditation. His current research as an artist and writer focuses on integrating the relationships between visual art, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation.


My orientation as an artist, contemplative practitioner, teacher, and therapist blends the perspectives of Hindu/Yoga/Tantra traditions, the depth psychologies, and expressive therapies with the humanistic principals of transpersonal, imaginal, and client centered therapy. My goal is to support and help guide my art therapy/counseling students and my clients into transformational processes that utilize the arts. Meaningful material can surface from self reporting methods, artwork, and imaginal interviewing processes including poetic writing.   

Link to an interview with the Art Therapy Association of Colorado:





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