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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, 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.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-lecture-series-therapy-of-the-oppressed-clinical-care-in-the-age-of-injustice-tickets-48851797040

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