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2018-2019 Exhibition, Workshop, & Lecture Series Schedule


Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8pm
Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture
The Hero’s Journey: Confronting the Challenges of Living in our Stress-filled World
Ellen Speert ATR-BC, REAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.
Our clients are heroes, confronting private demons, societal pressures and social injustices. As therapists, we also are heroes as we accompany them into the darkness. The more deeply we are willing to examine our own struggles, the more effective we can become as allies on their journey. 

This 3-part presentation will offer the audience the opportunity to experience:

1. the therapeutic journey of one art therapy client as she descended into the depths of her trauma and came through it to become an empowered activist,

2. the journey of an art therapist confronting her own contemporary personal/political/environmental struggles, and

3. the opportunity for the audience members to explore a personal heroic journey through a brief writing exercise.

Learning Outcomes Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to name at least 3 stages in the Hero’s Journey process and be able to correlate them with the therapeutic journey.

2. Participants will be able to match art media choices with the stages of trauma recovery.

3. Participants will be able to identify at least one heroic encounter in her/his own life.

Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT is Director of the California Center for Creative Renewal, and is a founding member and past president of the San Diego Art Therapy Association. She is an internationally known writer and lecturer, teaching and presenting workshops in Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Peru. Denmark, England and throughout the US. She has served as consultant in many clinical settings including UCSD Medical Center, San Diego Hospice and Grossmont Hospice. Ellen has provided corporate retreats and trainings for many San Diego organizations. She has been in private practice in San Diego since 1981, providing creative renewal to adults, children and families. Her healing gardens have now become a retreat center for creativity, staff development and conflict resolution for communities and corporations throughout the San Diego area.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valery-daniels-memorial-lecture-tickets-48165202417


October 4- November 17

MySelf: Rikers Island Exhibition

132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Gallery

Reception: Thursday, October 11, 5-8pm

This exhibition is open to the public. Viewing hours by appointment, please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610.


Friday, October 26, 2018, 10am-1pm
Travel Sketching Workshop with Erin Hill
132 West 21 Street, 3rd Floor Studio

Based on her experience as an art director, in graphic design, fine art, and illustration, Erin Hill has created the Travel Sketching Program. Her approach to sketching and color is pared down and covers the essentials for an easy-to-learn and engaging approach to sketching. This is a great tool to help clients who feel limited in their art-making abilities, as well as a way to enhance your own art practice.


Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Participants will learn how to create fast impressions, on location, in your own unique style.

  2. 2. Participants will learn how to see, to sketch an impression, and to use watercolours and other mediums.

  3. 3. Participants will discuss how this approach can be applied within an art therapy context.

Free and open to MPS Art Therapy students, alumni, and faculty. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s. RSVP to [email protected].


Friday, October 19, 2018, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture Series: Ethics and Technology
Lukas Prokes, ATR, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.

In this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Identify and apply traditional approaches to ethics through utilitarian (consequential), deontological (Kantian) approach, and ethical egoism theory.

  2. 2. Empower students to think critically about contemporary contrasting attitudes toward technology through techno-optimism and techno-pessimism.

  3. 3. Examine critically the social effects of technology in daily life and define ethical use of technology in counseling.

Lukas Prokes, ATR, LCAT, received his MPA in Art therapy from SVA. Mr. Prokes divides his time between private practice and as a founder of a non-profit organization The Half Full Institute Inc., Mr. Prokes works with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems, such as stress, anxiety, and relationship problems. As the director of Clinical Services Mr. Prokes works closely and collaboratively with parents, teachers, students and administrators to tailor programs to the specific needs of each child, family, and school. His work in public school system of NYC focuses developing tailored therapy for students and families struggling with the challenges of autism.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-lecture-series-ethics-and-technology-tickets-48851627533


Friday, November 16, 2018, 6-8pm
Artistic Noise Public Collaborative Art Event
132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio
Free and Open to the Public
The young people of Artistic Noise, in collaboration with MPS Art Therapy, invite the public to participate in their mural installation. Collaboration involves offering the youth creative opportunities to assume leadership and receive social support. Artistic Noise is a private nonprofit that exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.


Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Community Lecture Series: Therapy of the Oppressed: Clinical Care in the Age of Injustice
Sandra Ramos-Watt, MT-BC, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s
Creative Arts Therapists of Color members will present 4 case studies from each creative arts therapy modality that deal with issues around social injustices and explore how to be effective clinicians in today’s challenging political climate.

Sandra Ramos-Watt, MT-BC, LCAT is a New York State licensed mental health practitioner and nationally board-certified music therapist. She is the founder of CATs of Color (www.catsofcolor.com), a network of creative arts therapists of color that addresses the need for greater multiracial diversity in the creative arts therapy profession. Sandra is the clinical director at Heartsong, Inc. She also serves as a board member for the New York State Office of the Professions/Mental Health Practitioners. Sandra has maintained a private practice in the Bronx since 2010. Her approach focuses on the therapeutic relationship and on how one’s way of being in the world is situated within the frameworks of their social and cultural histories.

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture Series: Psychic and Physical Clutter: Exploring How to Create Order Inside & Out
Kimberly Faulkner, ATR-BC, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C, New York, NY  10011. Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.

As a society, we are constantly bombarded by information in the form of emails, social media content as well as endless advertising. Psychic and physical clutter manifests in clouded thinking, inability to make decisions and sometimes interrupted sleep cycles. In this exploratory lecture, attendees will examine the ways in which we are overwhelmed by our “thoughts” and “things” and discover how to use art and imagery effectively in the healing space and in our own lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Attendees will be able to identify 3 or more forms of clutter that may have an impact on creativity and/or productivity.

  2. 2. Attendees will be able to identify 1 or more signs that someone may be struggling with the effects of psychic or physical clutter.

  3. 3. Attendees will be able to describe at least 2 creative techniques that can be utilized and/or taught to help manage psychic or physical clutter.

Kimberly Faulkner, ATR-BC, LCAT, has over a decade of clinical experience working with behavioral health populations as well as industry professionals. She recently relocated to Northern Virginia where she is a corporate wellness trainer, and a Pratt supervisor while building her private practice on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Additionally, Kimberly is connected with several assisted living facilities where she provides art therapy groups to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases as well as patients in hospice care. She has presented at major regional and global conferences including the Parkinson’s Foundation’s Center of Excellence Conference and was honored to be named the American Art Therapy Association’s featured member in May of 2018. Kimberly’s professional training began with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Hampton University in Virginia. Continuing her studies at Pratt Institute, she earned a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. Kimberly is trained as an end-of-life doula and a Reiki practitioner, and she is always interested in incorporating learned tools to reach her audience and connect with others. She looks forward to further discussing and developing creative measures to assess and treat individuals who are dealing with emotional, mental and physical clutter.

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February 9-March 2

MPS Art Therapy Spring Exhibition: lost & found

SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21 Street

Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6-8pm


Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture Series: Not in the Mood: Navigating the Therapeutic Space when the clinician is emotionally dysregulated
Sean Plunkett, ATR-BC, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C. Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.

Learning Objectives:

1. To gain understanding around issues that affect mental health care professionals

2. Understand the unique challenges of doing therapy when you are emotionally dysregulated.

3. To offer strategies on how to conduct therapy when you, as the therapist are in a non-optimal emotional state.  

Sean Plunkett is a Board Certified, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who earned his master’s in art therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute in 2013, where he is currently a clinical professor/ supervisor for 1st-year graduate art therapy students. He also holds bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton, with a minor in fine art. In addition to his work at Pratt Institute, Sean works as a clinical supervisor at Heartsong, a center that serves clients on the autism spectrum and various developmental disabilities.  In addition to his other work, Sean has a private practice serving a wide range of populations. Since graduating, Sean has worked with various populations, including children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns, which have informed his practice. Populations he has worked with range from LGBTQ communities facing homelessness, clients adjusting to life with HIV, clients dealing with chemical dependence, children and adults on the autism spectrum and/or with developmental disabilities, children processing the death of a loved one, and youth populations facing incarceration. Sean works within the framework of a humanistic, client-centered perspective, which emphasizes the inherent goodness of all humans and works to improve client resilience, independence, decision-making, and life competence while gaining self-awareness. Artistically, Sean is a painter, sculptor, photographer, and part-time curator.

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Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture Series: Helping People Who Are Suffering
Sandra Buechler, PhD
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C. Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.

People often seek help when they are facing one or more of life's essential challenges, such as aging, mourning, wanting more out of life, dealing with injustices, deciding when to fight, and other quandaries. How can we help them at these times?                                                       

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to name some sources of suffering they encounter in people seeking treatment.

2. Participants will be able to apply insights from poetry and other forms of literature to the work they do.

3. Participants will learn some ways of helpfully witnessing and accompanying people who are suffering.

Sandra Buechler, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. In addition to many papers on emotions and psychoanalysis, she has written Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment, (Analytic Press, 2004),  Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives, (Routledge, 2008), which won the Gradiva award, Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career, (Routledge, 2012) and Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature, (Routledge, 2015) which looks at problematic patterns of behavior as portrayed in short fiction. Her most recent book is Psychoanalytic Reflections: Training and Practice (IPBooks, 2017) in which she reflects on what can sustain analytic education and treatment.

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Friday, April 26, 9am-3pm

MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019 Thesis Presentations

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC


Friday, May 3, 2019, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture Series: An Evening on Gender Diversity
S.J. Langer, and D. M. Maynard, MS/MA
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C. Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.

Celebrate in the Release of Two New Books by S.J. Langer & D. M. Maynard. Book Signing to Follow by Both Authors

S.J. Langer is a writer and psychotherapist in New York City, where he maintains a private practice. He is on faculty at School of Visual Arts in both the MPS Art Therapy and Humanities & Sciences departments. His most recent academic article Trans Bodies and the Failure of Mirrors was the co-winner of the Symonds Prize from Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His first book Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender (2019) is available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

1. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the free energy principle and how it relates to gender.
2. Participants will learn intervention on how to aid patients to connect with their bodies to know their gender more fully.
3. Participants will have more competency to work with transgender patients.

D. M. Maynard, MS/MA, is a veteran teacher with more than 30 years of experience in the field of education and the Founder/Director of Maynard’s W.I.S.D.O.M., Inc., an Education Service for parents, caregivers, teachers, administrators, and students. She has spoken at conferences within the U.S. and throughout the world, supporting gender diversity for children and giving voice to the partners of those in transition. She presented her published chapters: Introducing Gender Equality in the Early Childhood Classroom in Warsaw, Poland and The Magic of a Creative and Engaging Classroom at Oxford University, England. In March of 2018, D. M. Maynard presented at WPATH in Buenos Aires, Argentina based on the chapter she co-wrote with Olivia Fischer for the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality’s upcoming book titled, Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors, soon to be released with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) in September of 2019. D. M. Maynard's first book, The Reflective Workbook for Partners of Transgender People: Your Transition as Your Partner Transitions, is the first in the series of three books, which is now available with JKP.


1. Attendees will acquire practical skills to help partners communicate with their significant other about their personal needs and any concerns they may have in relation to the transition process by being given a chance to ask questions in a whole group setting, verbally interact with other participants in a pair-share dialogue based on posed scenarios, and learn about the various journeys of partners through didactic lecture.

2. Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of what their own role may be when working with their clients during the transition process of their loved one and how to assist them as they determine what portions, if any, they will be comfortable to partake in, in the way of learning about various options others have elected to do and reviewing resources which will focus on their specific concerns and possible challenges.

3. Attendees will attain the knowledge of how to support clients to intentionally self-reflect upon and navigate their own path as the transition process progresses through guided discussions, personal journaling, and easy exercises by exploring critical topics, such as: the unknowns, stages of possible, grief, sex and intimacy, therapeutic options, couple communication, disclosure or not, nurturing themselves, and moving forward.

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