Katherine Ziff

Katherine Ziff is an assistant professor in the department of counseling at Wake Forest University. A former school counselor, she has published in places such as the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and History of Psychiatry. She presents workshops for counselors and educators on ArtBreak and is also an exhibiting artist.

Listed in: Architecture · Art · Education · American Studies · Ohio and Regional · Psychology

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ArtBreak · A Creative Guide to Joyful and Productive Classrooms
By Katherine Ziff

Play is the central, universally significant activity of childhood. Self-directed play in which adults have a supporting rather than directing role is critical to the development and well-being of children. Yet as children have their days and nights increasingly scripted and planned for them, opportunities for play have disappeared over the last half century, especially in schools. ArtBreak’s innovation lies in its creative framework.

“Katherine Ziff shows a wonderful sense of how adults can positively impact children’s development through child-directed play. She effectively demonstrates the concepts, process, and materials for success and supports her model with research. Counselors, teachers, and parents can all benefit from this book.”

Richard J. Hazler, author of The Emerging Professional Counselor




2013 Ohioana Book Award Finalist

Asylum on the Hill · History of a Healing Landscape
By Katherine Ziff · Foreword by Samuel T. Gladding

The story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum built in Southeast Ohio after the Civil War.

“Anyone who peruses Ziff’s work will not have an easy time putting it down. This book is more than a history of a time, a place, a movement, and a people. It is instead a sensitive and centered examination.… Her portraits of people who influenced the asylum are wonderfully rendered … alive and moving.”

Samuel T. Gladding, Wake Forest University