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1. MPS Art Therapy Fall Conference
Psychotherapy as the Art of Uncertainty
Friday, September 12, 2014, 9AM-4PM

SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

Keynote Speaker: Philip M. Bromberg, PhD

Panel Discussion: Philip M. Bromberg, PhD; Heather Genovese, ATR-BC, LCAT, LP; Nicolas Touron, MFA, sculptor & ceramicist; moderated by Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art.

                                                   -Henry James (1893)

Understanding the nature of the analytic relationship and how to facilitate enduring personal growth, particularly in patients considered "difficult," has been central to Philip Bromberg's interest for many years.  In his clinical explorations of what makes psychoanalysis therapeutic and what hinders it, he has developed the clinical implications of working with dissociative processes as a major factor in accounting for why patients improve and why they don't.

His writing has become a major factor in the growth of what some argue is a paradigm shift in accounting for the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis —toward a view of it being shaped by what takes place in the relationship between the two people called patient and therapist. As you will hear today, Dr. Bromberg presents a view that therapeutic growth is process-based—that it is organized more by perception than by cognition—and that when the relationship is creative, it leads to the cocreation of a space in which self and other can exist without sacrificing individuality and to a spirit where new and spontaneously fresh ways of thinking and being can best emerge

General Admission: $75
Non-SVA Students (with ID): $20
SVA Students, Alumni, Faculty, and On-site Supervisors: FREE


2. Friday, October 24, 6:30-8pm
Developing a Therapeutic Arts Community
Vincent Grande, PhD and Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Have you ever had a vision of creating an arts community with clinical depth of practice? This presentation will focus on the development of an Arts and Creative Therapies program, from proposal through research outcomes in a residential program for youth and their families, who have experienced complex traumas. Case examples of individual art therapy sessions addressing complex traumas, crisis intervention, family art therapy, group works and community building through the arts, collaboration with educational and residential staff as well as innovative method of conducting art therapy research will be presented and discussed. The principles, case examples and research will demonstrate the ideology and practice of creating sanctuary and the implicit knowledge of the art as therapy.

Dr. Vincent Grande received his B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stony Brook University. Currently Dr. Grande is a Research Coordinator with the nonprofit organization, MercyFirst, where he conducts research on outcome metrics in child welfare. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, where he teaches a course in research methods.

Eileen P McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT has a broad range of clinical experience working for over thirty years with children, adolescents and their families. Her clinical work is concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with young people who have experienced complex trauma, and she is currently Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies at MercyFirst. She has presented nationally and internationally, and her artwork has been featured as book and journal covers and her writing about art therapy has been published in the United States, Europe as well as translated in the Czech Republic.

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3. Friday, November 14, 6:30-8pm
Hope that Inspires and Hope that Misleads
Sandra Buechler, PhD

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
What inspires both participants in treatment to continue to have hope, despite the obstacles and limitations we encounter? How can we tell productive hope from false hopes, that will mislead us both? In this talk Sandra Buechler will explore interpersonal aspects of hope, how at times it is a gift from one person to another, and how it can sometimes function as an obstacle to a richer life.

Sandra Buechler, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City.  She also supervises at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.  A member of the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, she is the author of Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment (Analytic Press, 2004), and has written papers on the analyst’s experiences of loneliness, loss, joy, and other aspects of the clinician’s feelings.  She also authored Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives (Routledge, 2008), and an upcoming book, Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career (Routledge, April 2012).

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4. Friday, December 5, 6:30-8pm
Speaking out: Art Therapy as a voice for clients with eating disorders
Lauren Fabrizio, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
This presentation will discuss how art therapy provides a voice for clients with eating disorders. She will demonstrate how eating disorder symptoms become a symbolic language to express underlying issues such as trauma, anxiety and depression. By providing a safe therapeutic space for expression through art therapy, these issues can be brought to awareness, processed and worked through, therefore giving clients a sense of control and empowerment in their recovery.

Lauren Fabrizio, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT is an IOP/Outpatient Program Coordinator and Creative Arts Therapist at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™. Her specialties include treating eating disorders, trauma, anxiety and depression. She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, where she completed a graduate internship at The Renfrew Center of New York. Prior to joining BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™, she worked as the lead art therapist at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. She is also a certified MARI practitioner, Reiki practitioner and 200-hour certified yoga instructor. She believes in a holistic, client centered approach to healing, and works intuitively and pulls from various influences, blending traditional talk therapy with art therapy techniques and empowerment practices.

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