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Mount Mary College

Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, has expanded its art therapy program to include a professional doctorate degree. Approval for the doctorate in art therapy was received recently from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. With an emphasis on professional competencies, the advanced degree program incorporates more than a traditional research degree and is the first of its kind in the U.S. It is also Mount Mary’s first doctorate program. The cohort-based, low-residency program will begin July 22 with a 10-day colloquium for intensive study. The program is open to women and men who possess a master’s degree in art therapy, are board certified, and have at least three years experience practicing as an art therapist. Applications are currently being accepted. The creation of the doctorate reflects the vision of the college and Art Therapy Department to continually offer new and innovative programs, said Eileen Schwalbach, president of the college. Mount Mary began offering a master in science in art therapy in 1990 and is Wisconsin’s only fully accredited graduate degree approved by the American Art Therapy Association.

Ron Sonntag Public Relations

Ron Sonntag Public Relations Inc., Milwaukee, has received a 2011 Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago. The award for distinguished work in public relations was given to the firm for its publicity project entitled “Three War Amputees Climb Kilimanjaro.” The purpose of the campaign was to obtain worldwide publicity for three combat-wounded veterans in their attempt to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. The vets are amputees from three different wars: one lost both legs in Iraq, one lost both legs in Afghanistan, and one lost one leg in Vietnam. The hope was that others with disabilities would be motivated by this effort to challenge themselves to do everyday things they might have thought unattainable. A secondary purpose was to gain awareness for the sponsoring organization, Disabled Sports USA, a nonprofit that provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. The Publicity Club of Chicago annually recognizes excellence in planning, creativity and execution in 22 categories from among hundreds of programs submitted from across the Midwest.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, recently received accreditation for a three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship. It is one of only 13 accredited fellowships of this kind in the nation. Child Abuse Pediatrics is a new subspecialty for Children’s Hospital. The need for specialists in this field in increasing, but only a few fellowships are available to train them. Children’s Hospital’s Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship makes the hospital a center of excellence in the treatment and prevention of child maltreatment, determined by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. This fellowship also provides the opportunity to expand research efforts, educate Medical College of Wisconsin faculty, residents and medical students, and increase community advocacy and education. The fellowship will support three residents and will become effective July 1.

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