Authors of Union – February ‘22

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Welcome to Authors of Union, highlighting our many published authors who are transforming lives and communities.

Art Speaks Out Loud

By E. Hitchcock Scott, (Ericha Scott, Ph. D. ’99)

Dr. Scott, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), a published author, poet, artist, a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and an Internationally Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a certified interfaith spiritual director.

Her career spans 38 years of professional experience working with those who have co-occurring addictions, mental illness, complex trauma and dissociation. She has published on topics of addiction and trauma, her doctoral research for Union regarding self-mutilation by dissociative disordered individuals, integrative medicine, and her theory of creative arts therapy.

“I am an artist who uses art with my clients inside of the practice of psychotherapy. Just as athletes need to cross-train their muscles, humans need to cross-train their brains, senses, and psyches. Talk therapy works, and adding a creative element deepens and enhances the total experience. In each session, I seek processes that access one or more of the following: senses, emotions, thoughts, and perceptions.”

Dr. Scott just completed a book chapter entitled Love, Letters and Art, and she is writing a second chapter on the same topic for another book, Women Who Dream. She is a frequent contributor to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation newsletter and The Sober World. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Fellow for the International Society of Trauma and Dissociation.

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Be sure and read Dr. Scott’s informative articles

My Story: Only God Will be my Judge

By Lucille M. Griswold (B.A. ’07)

Lucille M. Griswold is the author of seven books, numerous poems, and anthologies. Amazon describes her latest novel, My Story: Only God Will be my Judge, as the story of a man who coincidentally makes a tough choice on the same day as one of the most horrific catastrophes in the United States of America. The events that follow are beyond prediction and imagination and leave the average person wondering what constitutes the rules of right and wrong in society. In reading this tale, it becomes obvious that anyone can justify life situations to suit their needs even when, to the average person, those needs might be atrocious and against the law. The bizarre circumstance in this piece of contemporary historical fiction leads to a story of intrigue and conflicted emotions. Readers of all varieties will come away questioning the rules and fairness of what we experience in life.

Griswold has lived, worked and traveled around the world. In addition, Lucille has written numerous poems and anthologies.

Her first Children’s Book made its debut in 2017, and she was nominated for The NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award. She is also a composer of songs published by a Hollywood, California record producer. Learn more about her work.


AKWESASNE: Divided by more than the St. Lawrence River

By Ernest Rugenstein, (Ph.D.  ’09)

Dr. Rugenstein is an author, cultural historian, archaeologist, professor, and researcher. His book, AKWESASNE: Divided by more than the St. Lawrence River, tells the story of Annie Garrow, a full-blooded Mohawk, who was walking down a road she had walked down many times. Unbeknownst to her, she had crossed an invisible line, an act that would lead to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. This book is often used as a textbook on college campuses.

Dr. Rugenstein is actively investigating an archaeological site in the Adirondacks. His specialties include Historical Research, Native American History and Archaeology/Cultural Resource Management. He has presented at various conferences, which include the American Historical Association, the Canadian History of Education Association, and the Annual Algonquian People’s Conference. Additionally, he has reviewed a number of textbooks and articles. Visit his website to learn more about his work.

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