Dr. Judy Rubin a pioneer in the field of art therapy. In Part I of my discussion with Dr. Rubin, she explains how she "stumbled into" the emerging field and gradually figured out how to harness the synergistic benefits of the arts and psychotherapy.
Early in her career Judy appeared with Fred Rogers as "the arts lady" on the PBS series Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Her training brought her into contact with the renowned developmental psychologist Erik Erikson and with Benjamin Spock who wrote the hugely influential parenting guide that was the bible for my mother and millions of other parents in the 1950s. Judy, now in her 80s, is still active, creating and curating documentary films about art therapy.
In Part 2 Judy and I asked Judy to speculate about the power of the arts and then shifted gears to for her advice on aging well.