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September 1-16
TENA(CITY): Alumni Residency Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, September 1, 6-8pm

132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space

Friday, September 23, 10am-4pm
Critical Engagement: MPS Art Therapy Conference
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street

October 3-21
INSIDE AND OUT: Rikers Island Exhibition
Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 6-8pm
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Project Space

Friday, October 14, 6:30-8pm
Dreams as Art Productions of the Psyche: A Jungian Perspective
Anne Flynn, LP
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who was at the forefront of the psychoanalytic movement, is often thought of as the father of art therapy. He used art making as a way to access the innermost recesses of the psyche and famously said “Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.” He also used dreams to access the same unconscious material. What do art making and dreaming have in common? What do they share and how might they differ? Both are composed of images - primary productions of the psyche that, if attended to, promote the movement of unconscious material into conscious awareness, where it can then be examined, processed and integrated, resulting in a fuller, more balanced personality. In this lecture, we will learn how a Jungian analytical psychologist works with dreams to assist patients in gaining insight into the workings of the unconscious. We will draw a line between looking at dreams and looking at artwork produced in therapy. We will then use Jung’s method to work with our own images produced through an art experiential.

Anne Flynn, LP is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, with a particular interest in creativity and imagination, and the role they play within the relational context. She also holds masters degrees in art therapy and fine arts/painting. In an earlier life she was an attorney, but now believes that may have been a dream, and understands it accordingly


Saturday, October 15, 12-2pm
Information Session for Prospective Applicants
132 West 21 Street, 3rd floor
This event will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet with the Chair, faculty, department staff, current students and alumni.


Friday, November 18, 6:30-8pm
New Theories for Understanding Gender
SJ Langer, LCSW-R
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

SJ Langer will begin by applying and expanding Gallagher’s theories concerning body image and body schema to the concept of gender broadly and to transgender experience specifically. The locations within the self and consciousness where the domains of gender identity and gender expression reside will be established drawing from psychology, gender studies, philosophy and neuroscience. In deepening the understanding of how transgender self-awareness functions, this paper will explore the concepts of Polanyi’s tacit knowledge, embodied metaphors and phantom limbs. This will reveal how one comes to know the various elements of gender as a fundamental aspect of the self. Ultimately my formulation will reveal gender as an algorithm. There is a gender sum the individual is working towards through transition and the lifespan. The elements of the equation are malleable as long as the sum is achieved through the interplay between gender identity and expression. This formulation, which implements interdisciplinary theories, develops a more profound understanding of trans* experience and how that can direct clinical practice.  

SJ Langer, LCSW-R is a writer and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City with a BFA from School of Visual Arts and an MSW from New York University. He is on the Executive Committee for the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the planning committees for the PCGS & the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. His academic articles explore transgender, bodies, language, trauma and clinical work.


Friday, December 9, 6:30-8pm
Art Therapy and Reparation Post Trauma
Obstfeld, PhD, ATR-BC, CASAC
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

As the physiological effects of trauma become better understood, current trauma treatment has come to prioritize the development of resources for self regulating, and of capacities for social engagement, pleasure,creativity, and curiosity. In such a context, extreme challenges in adult life can serve as opportunities to revisit, stabilize, and introduce adaptive flexibility into preexisting ​relational and structural models. Art therapy, which lends itself to self regulation as well as self discovery, to solitude ​and sharing, is a fitting component of trauma treatment. This talk will feature ​case material of individuals who have experienced combinations of developmental, adult, and catastrophic trauma, and who found unique opportunities for recovery via art making ​in a therapeutic context. Time will be devoted to discussing trauma theory, specifically to overlapping issues among different classifications of trauma and adaptations to it.

Renée Obstfeld, PhD, ATR-BC, CASAC is an art therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She has worked extensively with people struggling with tendencies to self-harm, addictions and co-occurring issues. Her work as an art therapy consultant with the Art Therapy Outreach Center has included facilitating groups with Female Veterans, and at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center Environmental Health Clinic and Program for Survivors of Torture. Renée has presented internationally on the application of psychoanalytic principles to art therapy, and the role of art therapy in treating addiction and trauma.


Additional events will be added as dates are finalized. For more information about any of these events, please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610.

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