<Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC,
is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board certified clinical art therapist, and is coauthor of The Invisible String Workbook
. Her doctorate in expressive therapies has led her to create programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff. For the last 20 years, Dr. Wyss has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crisis, conduct trainings, coach staff, and support children and families. Dr. Wyss is currently the director of training at Star View Adolescent Center a psychiatric hospital and secure group home specializing in the treatment of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Training and national trainer to raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children. She uses her creativity for her own healing as well as to support others.
Dr. Wyss is an artist specializing in photography, mixed media, and oil painting. Over the last twenty plus years she has learned to use her creativity to support her healing and progression through several difficult and wonderful life experiences. Originally working in photography and mixed media Dr. Wyss spent the first part of her art career exploring multiple types of media and honing her photographic eye. Photographing what is all around to capture beautiful moments that often go unseen. In the last seven years she has studied under the Master Artist Rino Gonzales refining her skills, building confidence in her artistic voice, blending her love of the unusual with the realistic style of her mentor, and creating art for personal healing.
Financial: Dana Wyss is the director of training at Star View Adolescent Center and faculty member at West Valley College and Title IV-E. Ms. Wyss is a consultant and trainer at Nola Brantley Speaks and Center for Trauma Training. She an exam writer at ATCB and reviewer for both ATCB and Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Ms. Wyss receives royalties from Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dana Wyss is a member of AATA, SOCAL AATA, CAMFT, APT, and Southern California Trainers Network.