Fall 2013 Community Lecture Series

Community Lecture Promo Video

School of Visual Arts
MPS Art Therapy Department
Community Lecture Series
FALL 2013
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Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

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Friday, September 27, 6:30-8pm
Ethical Considerations: Spirituality in Art and Therapy
Lisa Furman
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C

This lecture explores the topic of spirituality in the ethical practice of art therapy. Using case examples and current ethical theory, the presentation provides suggestions on how to address religious content in client artwork that may be in conflict with the therapist’s personal spiritual belief systems. Topics for consideration also include the potential for blurred boundaries, confusions in the scope of practice and competency issues when integrating non-traditional spiritual healing practices such as Reiki, meditation or yoga with art therapy.

Lisa Furman, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC has worked as a clinician and program director in psychiatric, educational and community based programs for over 20 years. She is a published author and lectures regularly on current issues in art therapy ethics. Presently, she is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate art therapy program at the School of Visual Arts and an associate professor at Albertus Magnus College. Her book, Ethics in Art Therapy: Challenging Topics for a Complex Modality, has just been published.

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Friday, October 25, 6:30-8pm
In Praise of Wordless Comfort
Helen Stein
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C

In 2003 Dr. Helen Stein was diagnosed with breast cancer and also learned her sister had advanced reproductive cancer. She will be presenting on why she chose art therapy over talk therapy and why she felt that much of her experience was beyond words. Dr. Stein will also be discussing how she handled a friend’s suicide. Using her own life experience and art work she will illustrate how art therapy can play an important role in coping.

Helen Stein, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She currently supervises psychology interns at New York Presbyterian Hospital and clinical psychology graduate students at CUNY. She was a consultant for the Center for Trauma and Resilience at NY State Psychiatric Institute on a project designed to enhance coping survivors of 9/11. Dr. Stein’s areas of clinical expertise are treatment of depression, personality disorders, and trauma-related disorders.

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Monday, November 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Daniel Siegel Lecture
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Dr. Siegel will be lecturing on the topic of his new book, Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the emerging adolescent mind, with a focus on the later years of adolescence. He will talk about how this group of people – normally seen as irrational, immature and risky, can actually save the world. Books will be available for purchase, and a signing will take place after the lecture.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

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Friday, December 6, 6:30-8pm
Art Therapy in a forensic setting: Rikers Island
Lesley Achitoff
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C

This lecture will present examples of work produced in women’s and adolescent boys groups on Rikers Island. Much of the focus in these groups is on contact with families and celebrations of the holidays the inmates miss. Another focus is skill-building as many of the patients/inmates yearn for these skills and gain a feeling of self-worth when they are mastered. Examples of work using limited materials will be shown and discussed as well as the diagnostic process of work produced in groups.

Lesley Achitoff, LCAT, ATR-BC has been working with at-risk and court-involved youth since 2003 as an Art Therapist for Heart Share Human Services, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and as a Creative Art Therapy Coordinator on Rikers Island. Lesley also facilitates a group for court-involved youth associated with Good Shepherd Services under the auspices of Art Therapy Outreach Center (ATOC).

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