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1. Friday, September 8, 9am-4pm
The MPS Art Therapy Department Fall 2017 Conference: Creative Arts Therapies: Innovation and Integration
SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street, NYC
Therapists from different modalities will discuss innovative methodologies that integrate creative arts therapies. Featuring presentations and a panel discussion.

Guest Speakers:
Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, LCAT
David Read Johnson, PhD,
Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC
Dr. Marni Rosen, PsyD ATR-BC
Jennifer Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT
Eileen McGann, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

CEC’s available tor ATR-BCs; CE hours available for LCATs. FREE for SVA students, staff, alumni, and on-site-supervisors. Registration 

2. Friday, October  20, 6:30-8pm
Creatively Reusing Materials to Engage Participation
John Kaiser, MA
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
John Cloud Kaiser's work reminds you that you are an artist. Through his position as Education Director at Materials For The Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and his work with his art group Free Style Arts Association, he has been doing participation-based art in the museums, streets, and schools of New York City since 2000, appearing everywhere from P.S. 1 MoMA, to the NYC Parks Department, to The New York Times. The emphasis of his work is on giving people a creative participatory experience with an art piece while at the same time creating an incredibly dynamic work of art.

John Kaiser graduated from NYU with an MA in Art Education and has worked as a teaching artist and curator since 2003 organizing hundreds of Contemporary Art projects at New York and New Jersey public schools. He teaches art teachers through professional development programs, advises schools, and lectures on his education approaches at conferences. Some examples of his artwork can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/freestylearts/albums

Lecture learning outcomes objectives:

  • Attendees will learn the value of reusing free materials in their practice and learn about many examples of reuse projects.
  • Attendees will learn how and where to access free reusable art supplies.

  • Attendees will learn techniques for reuse art making and instruction.


3. Friday, November  17, 6:30-8pm
Seeing the program of Alcoholics Anonymous through the lens of Attachment Theory
Judith Jordan, PHD, LCSW, CASAC
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Judith Jordan’s lecture will cover her doctoral research, which produced empirical data showing that individuals who become immersed in Alcoholics Anonymous for a period of 90 days can improve the quality of their interpersonal relationships and increase their capacity for adaptive affect regulation. Her ongoing scholarship and research focus is on the effects of parental addiction on infant and child development.

Judith Jordan is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor specializing in addiction in individuals and families. She treats addiction issues from an evolving neuro-bio-psycho-social perspective using attachment theory as a framework..  She has been working in the addiction field for 20+ years and is currently in private practice in New York City and East Hampton, NY. She also serves as president of the board of the Employment Program for Recovering Alcoholics (EPRA), a non–profit organization dedicated to helping recovering individuals return to the work force. Judith also teaches and is involved in curriculum development at the Psychoanalytic Study Center’s Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Training Program.

Lecture learning outcomes objectives:

  • Provide participants with an understanding of how individuals who experience suboptimal attachment relationships early in life later turn to substances to provide them with regulatory functioning and intimacy that was lacking in their early experiences.

  • Provide an overview of the similarities between the empirically based concepts of attachment theory (classic and modern) and the principles and philosophy of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); and illustrate how AA can be seen as a care-giving system, a vehicle for neurobiological restructuring, and the developing the capacity for affect regulation, self-reflective functioning and mentalization.   

  • Provide quantitative research findings that support the hypothesis that participation in the program of AA for a 90-day period can improve an individual's' capacity for adaptive affective regulation and the quality of their interpersonal relationships.


4. Friday, December  8, 6:30-8pm
Concepts of Art and Play Therapy with Children Using Diverse Communication:
Exploring the range of kinesthetic, relational, and aesthetic communication in art therapy sessions with children with developmental delays and singular experiences of the world
Sarah Valeri, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Sarah Valeri has ten years experience working with children with developmental delays and sensory impairments, as well as with children with histories of severe trauma. This work has inspired a strong respect for the use of more bodily and sensory focused communication. As a current candidate in the IPTAR Children's and Adolescent Program she combines psycho- dynamic theories within the practical aspects of communicating with children through a wide range of developmental levels. She is also an exhibiting artist.

Lecture learning outcomes objectives:

  • Participants will gain an introductory understanding to the work of Dr Jan Van Dijk, an expert in support of children who are deaf blind.

  • Participants will consider the benefit of shared sensory and play experiences as foundation for understanding and relating with children with developmental delays in an art therapy setting, and consider its impact on their own professional settings.

  • Participants will comprehend the need for shared sensory experiences when working with children who are pre-symbolic thinkers in order to establish communication, according to art therapy case examples and research by Dr Van Dijk.


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