Awad Alyami, Ph. D.
A pioneer art therapist in Saudi Arabia. A dynamic educator, artist and art therapist with strong record of achievement combining skills in diverse areas of organizational development, group/staff leadership, program development and project management, building partnerships and community relations related to art and psychotherapy. Experienced in the operation of successful consulting practice, individual and group art psychotherapy, and a successful professor of art education/therapy. Highly motivated and intuitive, effective at human relations, and able to manage both time and resources to maximize productivity.
MAJOR CAREER RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Operations and administration
· Human service case management
· Strategic planning
· Conducting individual and group sessions
· Development of organizations policies and operational protocols
· Professional writing (newsletters, books, grant proposals, manuals, and journal articles)
· Budget development and financial management
· Teaching college level art education/therapy courses
· Board and organization management
· Managing research projects in art education and art therapy
· Program development and evaluation
· Building coalitions and strategic partnerships
· Design of state-wide conference, workshops and training programs
· Students and staff hiring, training, supervision, evaluation, and motivation
CAREER HISTORY AND SELECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS:
Director/Supervisor-Consultant Art Therapist 2005- Now
Art Therapy Unit- CRC Dept. KFMC.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- Initiated the first official art therapy program in the country which was upgraded to a unit status within 6 months of its start to serve medical rehabilitation patients; TBI, CVA, SCI, etc.
- Established administrative and clinical services and programs of art therapy.
- Train art therapy staff and established art therapy awareness in the medical settings.
Consultant Art Therapist 2007- Now
Ministry of Interior
Rehabilitation Care Program- A special program
Associate Professor 1995- Now
The Art Education Department, College of Education
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
· Teaching several art education courses one of them is Art for Special Populations which contents had been changed to art therapy and art education for special populations. Participating regularly in the administrative activities of the department. Conducting research and developing art therapy course plans to be implemented in the Master’s program in art education.
Director and Art Therapist 2003-2007
The Rehab Art Therapy Center
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
· Owner and director of the educational and counseling center for arts psychotherapy. Designed and developed to accommodate the needs for arts and related special population and psychotherapies. Directs and conducts educational and outpatient art therapy sessions and consultation. The program was closed in 2007. A replacement program is being developed at King Fahad Medical City.
Art Therapist and Consultant 2001-2004
The Educational Center for Psychological Therapy & Counseling,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
· Conducted art therapy sessions to divers populations. A consultant on the use of art in psychotherapy, administering art therapy assessments, and participating in educational activities.
Director of Art Therapy Clinic and Consultant 1998-2001
Medicare Specialty Clinics, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
· Established and built -the first in the country- private art therapy practice in conjunction with a private psychiatric center in Riyadh. Case management, training future art therapists, art therapy research, and conducting individual and group art therapy sessions.
· Established Art Therapy Licensing and some standards for practicing art therapy in Saudi Arabia through The Saudi Council for Health Specialties.
Art Therapist 1988-1990
Bro Kow Hospital, Normal Ill. USA.
· The first art therapist employed by the hospital. Initiated art therapy professional practice, developed job description, established standardization, and conducted individual and group art therapy sessions.
· Consulted other hospital departments in the use of art in therapy.
· Learned teamwork and case management.
· Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education/Art Therapy) 1990-1995
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.USA.
Doctorate research project: (Dissertation)
Al Yamy, Awad.(1995). The Effect of Graphic Reenactment Art Therapy on Three Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients in Saudi Arabia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. USA.
· Incomplete Ed.D. Art Therapy 1987-1990
Illinois State University, Normal Ill. USA.
Higher educational training in Art Therapy. Trained in the use of art therapy in psychiatric settings. Internship at Brow Kow Hospital.
· M.A. (Master of Art Education) 1986-1988
Indiana Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN, USA.
· English as a second language 1995
E.L.S. Center, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
· B.A. Art Education 1980-1984
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Professional Art Exhibits:
Active participant in joined art exhibits in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and The USA. Uses many different styles and works with different medium. Exhibited printmaking, painting, mixed media, and drawing. Had exhibited wart work in public and private galleries.
Workshops, lectures, and brief courses:
Conducted many workshops, public lectures, a TV. Program, and intensive educational courses in art, art education and art therapy. These activities were carried out through governmental, public and private institutes. The majority of these activities were on art therapy with students of art therapy or people who are in need of art as therapy.
· The International Networking Group of Art Therapists (ING/AT) 2001-Now
Current status: Co-editor of the ING/AT News Letter.
· The American Art Therapy Association. 1988-Now
Current Status: Associate membership.
· Color Arts Group 2001-Now
An organization of Saudi professional artists.
Founder and active member since 2001.
· The Saudi Arabian Art Education Association. 1987-Now
A national organization for art educators.
Founder and active member since 1987.
Research and Professional Authorship:
- Juried Professional Articles and Presentations:
The Integration of art therapy into physical rehabilitation in a Saudi Hospital. (2009), The Arts In Psychotherapy. In Press, Accepted Manuscript,.
Art Therapy; Silent pains of SCI patients. English, (2007), Challenges in the Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury Symposium, King Fahad Medical City, Academic & Training Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
International Networking Group of Art Therapists: Education development, current practice, & research.(Conference Panel), English, (2006), 37th American Art Therapy Association Conference, New Orleans, USA.
Pediatric Art Therapy with Cancer children, English, (2005), The Third Annual Academic Day, King Fahad National Center for Children's Cancer and Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Still Pioneering Art Therapy: The Saudi experience. English, (2004), 35th American Art Therapy Association Conference, San Diego, CA. USA.
Children’s Arts: Art therapy for autistic children. Arabic. Research presentation for 2004 Early Childhood Conference. Presented among conference proceedings on Oct. 10-12. 2004, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia.
Suitability of Studio art Classes for Female Art Education Students at the King Saud University Undergraduate Art Education Program. Arabic, (2004), J. King Saud Univ. Vol. 16. Educ. Sci. & Islamic Stud. (2), pp.
Visual Images and Psychotherapy : Toward a cognitive behavior art therapy. Arabic, (in press), Um Alqura University, Center of Educational and Psychological Research.
A Proposed Higher Educational Training Program for Art Therapists in Saudi Arabia. Arabic, (in press), Journal of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education of Saudi Arabia.
Identifying The Concept of Art Therapy. Arabic, (2001), King Saud University: Research Center, College of Education. Vol.166.
- None Juried Professional Articles:
- Art Therapy. Arabic (1990), Journal of Art Education, V. Jumada 2, pp.2-28.
- Therapeutic Sessions: Guided affective imagery. Arabic,(1993), Journal of Art Education, V. Shawal, pp.21-29.
- Juried Books:
· Art Therapy. Arabic, (in press), King Saud University Press.
- Art and Medicine, 1 cme, Feb, 01, 2007, Yale School of Medicine, USA
- Insight into Depression: Newsletter #1: Major Depressive Disorder: Toward Improved Recognition in Primary Care, 1 CME , Jan, 26, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. USA
- Stroke Motor Impairment, 1 CME, Jan, 26, 2007, University of Nebraska Medical Center. USA
- Spinal Cord Injury: Definition, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, 1 CME, Jan, 1, 2007, University of Nebraska Medical Center. USA.
- Third Annual Academic Day, 4 CME, June, 1, 2005, The Third Annual Academic Day, King Fahad National Center for Children's Cancer and Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- ADHD, 4 CME 2005, King Faisal Specialty Hospital, Riyadh.
· Autism, 17 CME 2004, Saudi Autistic Society, Riyadh.
· Clinical Importance of Tumor Marked, 1 CME 2004, The Saudi German Hospital, Riyadh.
· Challenges in the Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury Symposium, 8 CME, Jan. 12- 2007, King Fahad Medical City, Academic & Training Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
· Mental Health Sequelae of Extreme Violence. 2 CME, Jan, 25, 2007, Harvard Medical School, USA.
· Robotic Device Helps Stroke Patients Regain Hand Use. .25 CME, Feb, 11, 2007. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Postpartum Anxiety or Stress may Go Undiagnosed. 2 CME, Jan, 11, 2007, Harvard Medical School, USA.
· Autism Disorder Reversed in Mice. .25 CME, Feb, 11, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Stroke Symptoms in Women Often Atypical. .25 CME, Feb, 11, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Childhood Lukemia and Brain Tumor Survivors Have Increased Stroke Risk. .25 CME, Feb, 11, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Clinicians on the Front Line: Active Management and Anxiety in Primary Care. 1 CME, Feb, 13, 2007, Boston University School of Medicine, USA.
· Childhood Neurophchiatric Disorders on the Rise. .25 CME, Feb, 13, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Symptoms of Depression May Be Hazardous to Heart . .25 CME, Feb, 13, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Forced-Use Technique Helps Stroke Patients Regain Arm Control. .25 CME, Feb, 25, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· ASA: Physical Activity Safe Within 24 Hours of Stroke. .25 CME, Feb, 27, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· New Neural Pathways Form in Man Who "AWAKE' After 19 Years. .25 CME, Feb, 27, 2007, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
· Depression and Comorbid ADH: Screening, Diagnosis, and Improved Treatment Outcomes. 1 CME, Feb. 13, 2007, The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA.
· Minimal Cognitive Impairment. 1.5 CME, Feb, 25, 2007, University of Nebraska Medical Center. USA