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Friday, January 29, 6:30-8pm
Race in My Face as a Clinician: How Issues Around Cultural Identity Are Magnified in Clinical Work
Sandra Ramos-Watt and Diana Gil-Velez

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
In 2012, a New York based network of creative arts therapists of color, CATs of Color, dedicated to professional and educational development, promoting cultural competence and diversifying the profession was formed. In this lecture, CATs of Color members from various modalities (art, music and drama) will draw on their collective expertise and discuss how issues of race manifest in their clinical work in private practice. The lecture will include a cultural self-assessment experiential and a clinical vignette in order to raise cultural consciousness and support multicultural sensitivity.

Sandra Ramos-Watt, MT-BC, LCAT, is the founder of CATs of Color, a network of creative arts therapists of color that addresses the need for culturally appropriate services to people from various ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Sandra, an NYU graduate and former professional jazz singer, maintains a private practice in the Bronx where she incorporates vocal psychotherapy techniques in her work. She is also the clinical director at Heartsong, an organization that provides creative arts therapy services to people with special needs. Sandra leads groups for women survivors of sexual abuse and facilitates trainings in the field of sexual abuse prevention. Sandra has been serving as a board member for the New York State Office of the Professions/Mental Health Practitioners for 7 years.

Diana Gil-Velez, LCAT, ATR-BC is a New York State licensed Creative Arts Therapists, Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist, and psychoanalyst-in-training. Diana has a private practice in Manhattan and Riverdale (Bronx) where she sees multicultural children, adolescents, and adults with diverse mental health diagnoses. She also works at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on their inpatient adult units and comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP) with children, adolescents, and adults. She was an Adjunct Instructor for the College of New Rochelle, Graduate School (CNR) where she taught the Art Therapy Internship course for second year graduate students and Psychopathology for Art Therapists.

Friday, February 26, 6:30-8pm
The Business of Art Therapy
Brooke Campbell and Andrew Rizkalla

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
As creative types, we are skilled in the arena of art and healing. As artists, we may struggle when it comes to the world of business. In this focused lecture attendees will gain concrete and practical business tools to support their professional growth. Transitioning from the role of student to professional, or professional to a business-minded entrepreneur requires a new skill set, expanding on your acquired knowledge and experience. Attendees will leave with a basic knowledge of how to apply business skills to one’s specific profession.

Brooke Campbell, LCAT, RDT-BCT has over a decade of clinical experience working with diverse populations such as: trauma, cancer, addiction, autism, and mental illness. She is the Founder and Director of a community based organization called Creative Kinections, providing psychotherapy, coaching, workshops and training services for children, teens, families, adults, and professionals. Creative Kinections has partnered with schools, recreation centers, hospitals, non-profit organizations, universities, domestic violence agencies, and addiction centers. Brooke received the “NJ Favorite Kids’ Doc” award in the field of psychotherapy for three years in a row and was featured in NJ Family Magazine. She is a guest lecturer for New York University’s Graduate Art Therapy and Drama Therapy Departments. She holds a masters degree in Drama Therapy from New York University and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association.

Andrew Rizkalla is the business manager for Creative Kinections, LLC. He has over fourteen years of experience in the private and public financial sectors. He holds numerous certifications and has a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters in Public Administration from New York University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He was also an emergency medical technician and volunteered on an ambulance squad for over thirteen years. He obtained his leadership certificate from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and completed an executive business program at Harvard University.

Friday, March 25, 6:30-8pm
Seen and Heard: Reflections on a Collaborative Art Process
Gemma Burgio and Valeria Koutmina

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
This talk is born out of Gemma Burgio’s and Valeria Koutmina’s collaborative residency at the School of Visual Arts, February-March 2015. The project employed textile arts, mixed media, and written narratives to explore attachment, spontaneity, and empathic resonance. What emerged was a surprising dance between two individuals, a vacillating entity impacted directly by the participation and presence of the artists. Setting out to answer several questions about the nature of collaboration, communication and relationships, the process culminated in an oeuvre of several works which showcased the qualities of our collaborative efforts and the need for presence that was uncovered. Since that time, the work has been dismantled but the dialogue between the artists continues. It too has changed shape as we each hone our craft and develop the process individually. Join us for reflections and reactions to this experience and the applications it may have in individual and group art therapy practices.

Gemma Burgio, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Following graduation, Gemma worked in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service program (CARES), a therapeutic high school within the Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital system in New York City. Gemma is currently in private practice in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, an Art Therapy consultant at the Freedom Institute, and a candidate at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (2017), within the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Valeria Koutmina, ATR-BC, LCAT is an SVA Art Therapy alumna. Her practice includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, mental illness, and trauma. Recently, she has introduced elements of dance and play therapies to her repertoire. Valeria’s international work includes teaching a workshop in Moscow, Russia, and most recently becoming an ambassador of the Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission which took her to Lebanon.

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Panel Discussion at the Outsider Art Fair


MPS Art Therapy instructor Irene Rosner David will be a panelist at the upcoming Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity discussion for the Outsider Art Fair.

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30-8pm at NeueHouse, 110 East 25 Street.

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MPS Art Therapy Spring Exhibition 2016

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Alumni Program Presentation: STATUS UPDATE

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Spring 2016 Calendar of Events

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Kicking Off December with an Embroidery Workshop

MPS Art Therapy students were inspired by the textile arts that they worked with in India over the summer and have been considering collaborative weaving as the core of their second-year exhibition. In light of this enthusiasm we decided to invite a textile-based artist to lead an embroidery workshop for our students.


Jeannine Han, an instructor in the Fashion department at Parsons, gave a brief presentation about her work and then we all gathered around the table to learn basic stitches and textile terminology. Once we had properly identified our grain and our cross grain, we hit the ground running and began to fill up our hoops with whatever style of stitch worked best for our chosen image.


Yiren Sun tries a complicated skull design.


Carina Gomez mastered every stitch we learned.

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Three Questions with Monica Duque


I caught up with one of our newest faculty members about her work.

You recently were a speaker and panelist at our annual conference along with artist Wangechi Mutu and psychologist Dr. Dawn Besemer. What was a standout moment at that event?

Monica: The standout moment for me was realizing that even though I had not met these impactful women previously, there was a link to each of our messages and at the same time an enriching back and forth conversation of differing views, that had me question and enhance my own.

How was the conversation at the conference relevant to the work you do at Coalition for Hispanic Family Services?

M: This conversation was very relevant to the work I do at the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. As an agency, CHFS strives to be culturally competent while working with an underserved and very diverse population. As the Director of the Student Placements and internships, I not only work with all the programs but also with all the disciplines within each program. In my role, I am able to support the training of students of different fields in the area of cultural awareness, which is very significant. Being engaged in the back and forth of this dialog was both reflective as well as informative of the current work at the agency and to assess our efficacy in working with this diverse population.

Can you describe what these various programs are and maybe talk a little bit more about the goals of the organization?

M: The Coalition For Hispanic Family Services began as a small foster care agency in 1986, 25 years ago, as a response to address the needs of children of color in the child welfare system. All the other programs developed out of providing services for the foster care program and evolved to serve the community at large. Its main goal is to empower children, youth and families with opportunities for success and self-reliance while reinforcing their sense of culture and self-identity. This is achieved through a holistic, culturally competent, family based approach.

Our agency provides culturally sensitive services through programs primarily in the Bushwick Brooklyn community, but also expanding to Brownsville and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn and in Jamaica, Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst in Queens.
We have the following programs:

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