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Posted in 2021

SVA Graduate Admissions Newsletter Feature: MPS Art Therapy Alum, Holly Brennan

MPS Art Therapy alum, Holly Brennan (2019), is highlighted in SVA Graduate Admissions’ Winter 2021 Newsletter! In the feature, Holly discusses working at a group home in Brooklyn and clients’ response to collaborative artmaking.
Read more about Holly’s work and other SVA Alumni in the full newsletter.

Posted in 2021, Art, Professional Development, Students

January 15th- Community Lecture: Cultural Attunement in In-Patient Units and Society

Our first virtual community lecture of the Spring 2021 semester will be on Friday, January 15th from 6 – 7:30 PM! “Cultural Attunement in In-Patient Units and Society” will be presented by Javere Pinnock, MPS, LCAT and Dominique Darrell, MA, MSED, CRC, LCAT. The lecture will explore the impact of representation, cultural celebration, and being witnessed.

FREE and open to the public. 1.5 CE hours available to LCATS.

Register here.

Posted in 2021, Conference, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects

Spring 2021 Virtual Community Lecture Series

Registration is now open for our Spring 2021 VirtualCommunity Lecture Series!

All lectures are FREE And open to the public. 1.5 CE hours available for LCATS.

Register here.

Posted in 2021, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects

Working with Clay and Soapstone in Methods & Materials Class

First-year students in Methods & Materials class recently experimented with self-hardening clay and soapstone. Clay is a therapeutic and organic medium, rich in cultural history and mythology. It can be reworked, repaired, destroyed, and rebuilt. Its three-dimensionality offers the artist a unique opportunity to see things from more than one perspective.

Unlike clay, stone carving is a subtractive process. Despite its solid appearace, stone is vulnerable and can split apart. Carving is about changing the shape of the stone through an understanding of the relationship between space and attunement.

Featured artwork by MPS Art Therapy student, Amalia Sanchez. Thank you to Amalia for sharing your work!

Posted in 2020, Art, In Class, Students

December 4th- Virtual Community Lecture: Working with Shame and Addiction Treatment

All are welcome to attend MPS Art Therapy’s next ✨Virtual✨ Community Lecture on Friday, December 4th from 6-7:30 PM! “The Third Rail: Working with Shame and Addiction Treatment” will be presented by Renee Obstfeld, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT, CASC and will emphasize the role played by substance use in ameliorating emotions borne out of humiliation, enhancing compensatory grandiosity, and creating conditions under which necessary but excruciating relationships can be tolerated.

FREE and open to the public. 1.5 CE hours available to LCATS.

Register here.

Posted in 2020, Conference, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects

MPS Art Therapy Special Project Highlight: Cross-Cultural Collaboration

This semester, MPS Art Therapy students have been collaborating across cultures in SVA’s Special Projects program. SVA students have been leading art therapy workshops with medical students in Latvia to promote self-care, connection, and stress relief. The project is facilitated and supervised by Special Projects Coordinator, Val Sereno, and MPS Art Therapy alum, Julia Volonts, in partnership with Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). Julia is a licensed Art Therapist who moved to Riga, Latvia in 2019 while on a Fulbright Scholarship.

RSU recently featured the project in their university newspaper. Here, Julia and RSU staff describe the project in more detail, “Prior to the pandemic, SVA special projects mainly focused on communities within the New York area, but now Zoom has made it easier to connect internationally. This project with RSU acts as a cross-cultural exchange between the art therapy counseling team at SVA and medical students from Latvia and other parts of the world that would have not been able to receive this type of mental health support otherwise.”

Read more about the collaboration via the full article, here:

Posted in 2020, Art, International, Special Programs and Projects, Students, Workshops

November 20th- Virtual Community Lecture: Ethical Issues in Treatment

Our next Virtual Community Lecture is on Friday, November 20th! “Ethical Issues in Treatment: Choices, Rules, and Self-Reflection” will be presented by Lindsay Lederman, ATR-BC, LCAT and will explore current ethical issues around confidentiality, telehealth, and boundaries.

FREE and open to the public. 1.5 CE hours available to LCATS.

Register here.

Posted in 2020, Conference, Faculty, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects, Students, Workshops

MPS Art Therapy Faculty/Staff Member, Liz DelliCarpini, Publishes Article in AATA Journal

Congratulations to MPS Art Therapy faculty/staff member, Liz DelliCarpini, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS, on the recent publication of her article, “Breaking Bars: Community-Based Art Therapy Mural Project” in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association!

The article details a community-based art therapy mural project with young people involved in New York City’s justice system. To address the racial and economic oppression they confront, the project aimed to increase social bonds and create social power shifts within a collective community.

Read more here:

Posted in 2020, Art, Faculty, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects, Students

MPS Art Therapy Student, Sarah Fine, Awarded American Art Therapy Association Scholarship

A big congratulations to SVA MPS Art Therapy student, Sarah Fine, on being selected as the recipient of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)’s Irene Rosner David Medical Art Therapy scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to a student who exemplifies an understanding of the role of the medical Art Therapist.

MPS Art Therapy chatted with Sarah about her award and her interest in medical Art Therapy:

“I first became interested in Medical Art Therapy through my grandmother’s transformative experience with art therapy. She experienced a brain injury that limited her verbal communication abilities, and my grandfather enlisted the help of an art therapist to help her communicate. I got to see my grandmother’s development into an artist beginning at her hospital bedside and spanning years of creating beautiful and expressive images. Pursuing medical art therapy has been one way to meaningfully impact lives at critical moments, and it’s also been a very special connection to my grandmother for me. I’m currently interning at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell primarily working with children and families in the Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology treatment spaces.”

As an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, Sarah studied Medicine, Health, and Society and created ceramic art on the pottery wheel. In her first year as an SVA graduate student, she worked with middle school children referred to art therapy for experiences such as bullying, sexual abuse recovery, and ASD support. In this community-based setting, Sarah gained tremendous experience in interpreting developmental markers, working collaboratively with children and their parents, and attuning to individual communication solutions.

For this academic year, Sarah has joined the Creative Arts Therapy Department at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell supporting children undergoing cancer treatment and hospitalization. She considers creating art in the pediatric medical setting a powerful tool for cohesion, strength, and growth during one of the most critical moments in a family’s life. Following her graduation, Sarah is excited to contribute to the field by becoming an art therapy professional and collaborating on innovative research.

Posted in 2020, Professional Development, Students