Looking for inspiration? Join the Career Center for our "Doing Well by Doing Good" lunch series, where you have the opportunity to meet alumni making a difference (and a living) in the world of nonprofit and public service. These incredible people are excited to share their work, ideas and stories with you over a warm bowl of soup and delicious bread provided by Panera Bread.
Space is limited to 15 students. Email Laura Litwiller at email@example.com to register by noon at least one day prior.
The first lunch of the series will be on Friday, Feb. 1, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Career Center, in College Hall. The other lunches will take place on Feb. 22, March 1 and April 5. See Quest for more details.
Susan Dahl ’80 (French major)
Clinician, Day Treatment, Riverside Community Care
After graduating from Amherst, Susan held diverse jobs in the arts, publishing and advertising. From 1984 through 2001, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in New York City and Boston.
Parenthood in 1993 and renewed contact with the community of families and children revived Susan’s prior love of teaching, and she began conducting art classes in community centers and camps. Attendance at a workshop on Expressive Therapies in 1998 inspired her to return to school for a master's degree in art therapy.
Susan found that the work energized her while calling upon all her previous experience. Internships in hospital settings only intensified her interest in psychological development and the obstacles to growth or expression. After completing her degree, she joined a day treatment clinic.
Working with adults who have chronic, severe psychiatric issues has engaged Susan in the rapidly developing worlds of neuroscience and psychology as well as the grassroots movements of consumer-led recovery and family advocacy. Her lifelong use of art and writing as a way to explore personal issues and connect to others lends continuing conviction to her use of them in therapy. She feels privileged, in an era of eroding funds for psychiatric treatment, to have been able to support her clients' recovery over the long term.