Libby Schmanke, MS, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAC, MAC
Libby Schmanke has served on the regular faculty and as internship coordinator of the Art Therapy graduate program since 2002. She received a BA in Humanities magna cum laude from Ottawa University, a Certificate in Addiction Counseling from Washburn University, and a Master of Science in Art Therapy from ESU, earning the Outstanding Art Therapy Graduate Student Award for 2002.
Prior to earning her art therapy degree, Libby had a 14-year career incorporating art processes into substance abuse treatment as an addictions counselor and program administrator. In 2005, she opened an art therapy private practice and studio in Lawrence, KS, where she provided individual art therapy specializing in trauma and addictions, off-site contract services, creativity groups and workshops for the public, and professional consultation and supervision.
Upon closing her private practice in 2014, Libby stepped into a full time faculty role. She has contributed two book chapters on art therapy and substance abuse, one for the seminal text The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy (2016) and another in press for a Routledge text on medical art therapy. Her single-author text Art Therapy and Substance Abuse: Enabling Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction was published in 2017 by Jessica Kingsley, Ltd., being the first book devoted solely to this topic. She regularly gives presentations about art therapy at the state and national level, and provides the Master Supervision in Addictions session for the annual American Art Therapy Association conference.
Libby has provided a total of twelve years of national service with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). This included three terms on the Board of Directors and three terms as Board Secretary. Additionally, she served as a member and Chair of the ATCB Certification Committee, tasked with continually updating the national professional examination, which is used for professional Board Certification as well as state licensure. Libby values any opportunity to create her own art, which she occasionally exhibits in public venues.