About The Teacher

Dr. Laura L. Wood graduated with her doctorate in Counseling, and Counselor Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and is a NYS Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Registered Drama Therapist-Board Certified Trainer. Additionally, she has her M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University, and is the current President of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Previously, Dr. Wood worked at an eating disorder treatment center as the Lead Therapist where she facilitated individual, group, and family therapies. Her focus, and research areas include in the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, grief and loss, and the use of drama therapy, and creativity in counseling. Specifically, she is interested in how therapeutic theater can help individuals in different forms of recovery. Website: (contact info blocked)   She has both lectured nationally, and internationally, and published in these areas. In (contact info blocked) she was awarded the Drama Therapy Fund Research grant, and the Molloy College Student Faculty Recognition Award. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wood is also the Practicum, and Internship Coordinator for the CMHC program, and is passionate about working with students. Dr. Wood sees clients in private practice, supervises, consults around the globe, and facilitates intensive healing workshops and retreats. In 2018 she gave the Key Note address at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association annual conference, and also presented her clinical works on the profession of drama therapy at the 2018 American Psychological Association Conference. Dr. Wood’s newest collaboration was to conduct experiential post show workshops to help audiences explore themes of internalized racism, oppression, and privilege, by using their insight to make commitments to socially just change. The production entitled Henry Box Brown was at Molloy College in September 2018, and she also helped to produce other productions entitled, Aphasia Park in May 2018, and Unmasked in April 2017. Dr. Wood’s Famous Signature Red Pants

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