The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's Training Programs are grounded in a 40-year history of drama therapy and expressive arts therapy, and molded by globally innovative, award-winning faculty members who are pioneers in their field. Our student-centered, faculty are working creative arts counselors and arts-based psychotherapists, creators of globally recognized therapeutic performances, intuitively healing communities, and engaged in professional boards and associations.


Azizi Marshall was trained in psychodrama from the womb. Her two psychotherapist parents studied under Jacob L. Moreno (the founder of psychodrama) and his wife Zerka Moreno.  Azizi was blessed with the experience of going to work with her father from the age of 5 to participate in psychodramas with his clients at Iowa Mercy Medical Center. She co-taught her first graduate level psychodrama course at Iowa State University at the ripe old age of 16.


Azizi earned her BA in Film Directing at Columbia College Chicago and two Master Degrees from Northeastern Illinois University in Community Counseling and Communications, Media and Theatre. She worked in professional theatre and film for over ten years as a choreographer, dancer, director, and actor with such places as Alchemy Theatre, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Betty Hill Dance Studios, and multiple commercial and film studios before encountering drama therapy.

After training in drama therapy at Kansas State University through the North American Drama Therapy Association's Alternative Training program, she created the Therapeutic Performance Initiative (TPI) Model at Mis_ing Link and served as the Executive Director from 1997-2004. While there she had the opportunity to work with a wide array of children and adults who had various physical and cognitive disabilities. This taught Azizi how to create theatrically therapeutic opportunities for all of her clients.

She also served as the Director of Expressive Therapy with Riveredge Psychiatric Hospital, Director of Theatre Education with Alchemy Theatre, as a Drama Therapist for The Youth Campus, School of Expressive Arts and Learning, and Wellness House, and has created over 200 socially-focused, therapeutic performance initiative productions.




Azizi became a Registered Drama Therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association in 2006 and a Board Certified Trainer in 2012. She served on the board of the NADTA: 2 years as Central Region Representative (2007-2009). She also served on the Conference Planning Committee for Chicago's 2010 and New Haven's 2012 conferences, as well as on the Alternative Training Committee for 2 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with the State of Illinois.


Azizi was a Theatre Director/Educator at Trinity High School where she implemented the TPI model through client-written productions incorporating music and dance. She taught acting, acting for the camera, directing, choreography, improvisation, dance, leadership, stagecraft, and musical theatre. 



Pushing the Boundaries in Residential Treatment Centers (A Progression) - North American Drama Therapy Association Conference

Families in Crisis: Using Psychodrama to Heal a Broken System -

North American Drama Therapy Association Conference


Reinventing Community with Adolescents through Expressive Arts and Drama Therapy (A Progression) - Illinois Counseling Association Conference


Create Your Own Musical - Illinois High School Theatre Festival

"Azizi is a very intuitive, natural educator and healer."
-- Dr. Mei-Whei Chen, Northeastern Illinois University

"Azizi has an incredible faculty with art, poetry and movement forms in addition to drama which allows her to confidently use a variety of media expression."

Sally Bailey, RDT/BCT, Drama Therapy Professor, Kansas State University

Let us inspire and guide you towards healing the world through the arts.


Creative Clinical Consulting's Center for Training offers coursework in the following professional disciplines:

Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Therapeutic Performing Arts, Theatre for Change, Sociodrama and Psychodrama.


For more information on Creative Arts Therapy training programs, compassionately creative counseling services and arts-based psychotherapists in Downers Grove, Naperville, DuPage County and the Chicago area, call us at (847) 477-8244, email us, or visit us at

1431 Opus Place, Suite 110, Downers Grove, IL  60515.

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