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Ellen G. Levine

MSW, Ph.D.

Ellen G. Levine is a Professor and Core Faculty member of the European Graduate School. 

In Toronto, she is a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health where she teaches, supervises and practices in the areas of play therapy, group therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.  She is also co-founder and faculty member of International School for Interdisciplinary Studies Canada in Toronto, a three year training program in Expressive Arts Therapy.

Ellen G. Levine is the author of Tending the Fire: Studies in Art, Therapy and Creativity (EGS Press), co-editor of Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives (Jessica Kingsley Press), co-author of Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward a Therapeutic Aesthetics (Jessica Kingsley Press), co-editor of In Praise of Poeisis: The Arts and Human Suffering (EGS Press) and co-editor of Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change (Jessica Kingsley Press). She is the author of Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach (2015, Jessica Kingsley Press).

Ellen G. Levine holds a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto in the program in Social and Political Thought. Her interdisciplinary dissertation was titled:  Psychoanalysis and Symbolism: The Space Between Self and World.” In this work, she examined the later work of Freud and the Object Relations School (Winnicott and Klein) as a base for understanding the role of the arts in therapy.

Ellen G. Levine is a graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (D.T.A.T.I.), a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, Massachusetts), a member of the Royal College of Social Work (RSW, Canada) and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). She is a graduate of the Toronto Child Psychotherapy Program and a registered psychoanalyst (NAAP, New York).

Ellen G. Levine has exhibited her paintings in Canada, the United States and at the European Graduate School. She has also studied clown and mask work with Richard Pochinko (in Toronto), Phillippe Gaulier (in London) and others. She performs as part of the clown couple, Max and Sadie, with her husband Stephen.