Jessica Young, Master of Arts (MA), Dance/Movement Therapy, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Department of Professional Regulation, State of Illinois; Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), American Dance Therapy Association; Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA), Columbia College Chicago, Illinois.
Jessica Young is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. Jessica’s work with individuals living with homelessness, mental illness, and addictions is informed by a humanistic approach. She shares with students her approach to treatment including trauma informed care, a harm reduction philosophy, motivational interviewing techniques, and Laban Movement Analysis.
Jessica has presented workshops in dance/movement therapy, clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and violence prevention nationally and internationally. Her recent publications include Embodied Compassion and Empathy in Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning edited by Thompson and Neimeyer (2014) and Bringing my Body into my Body of Knowledge as a Dance/Movement Therapy Educator in the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2012).
Jessica is currently Chair of the ADTA Committee on Approval, serves on the ADTA Standards Work Group, sits on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, and is a member of the School of Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Committee, and chairs the departmental curriculum committee.
Jessica also provides clinical supervision in her private practice and performs and choreographs several times a year in departmental events.