SPRING 2017 Lecture Series Descriptions & RSVPs

Friday, January 27, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art, Migration and Youth of Courage
Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

Understanding and responding to the experiences of migrants and refugees in a humanitarian manner is crucial for a socially just world. Reasons for moving, seeking asylum and starting anew vary: for some this comes by choice for others by force. The promise of a better life, the need to flee persecution, shifts in the environment or political systems can be the reason for change. For young people in a residential facility, the impact of leaving home and all that is associated with this is deeply understood. Common experiences of loss, hope and survival are found in being displaced, removed from the home, migration and being a refugee. Trauma informed interventions supported youth at MercyFirst to explore the meaning of migration, displacement and the plight of being a refugee, from a global and personal perspective. This presentation will describe individual and group art therapy works that profoundly reveal the experience of trauma, the meaning of home, community, safety and hope.

Eileen P. McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, has a broad range of clinical experience concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with young people who have experienced complex and chronic trauma, refugee children as well as adult survivors of trauma and women veterans. Ms. McGann developed and is the Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies program at MercyFirst in Syosset, New York. Her writings about art therapy have been published in the United States and abroad as well as translated into other languages, and her lectures and consultations have been received both domestically and internationally. As a member of Partnership for Global Justice, Ms. McGann presented at a UN Orientation, writes for their newsletter and attends programs at the United Nations. Her artwork has been featured as book and journal covers, and she is a faculty member at Molloy College as well as the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at New York University and School of Visual Arts.

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Friday, February 17, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Louise Nevelson: An Artist’s Life Informs Art Therapists
Laurie Wilson, PhD, LP, ATR-BC, HLM

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

A biographical study of Louise Nevelson reveals her search for identity through art-making and belief in the importance of creativity in everyone’s life. Like many art therapy clients, Nevelson began to draw and discovered in the process her unique self, capacity for original thinking, and expression of significant emotions.

Laurie Wilson, PhD, LP, ATR-BC, HLM, is Professor Emerita and former Director of NYU’s Graduate Art Therapy Program. She is currently the Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She practices in New York City and has published widely in three fields: art therapy, art history, and psychoanalysis. Her books include Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, and her most recent, Louise Nevelson. More info can be found here: lauriewilsonauthor.com.

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Friday, March 17, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Growing Creativity: The interdisciplinary collaboration of art and horticultural therapies
Lena De Leo, LCAT, ATR-BC

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

This is a 6-month collaboration between a horticultural therapist and an art therapist. The culmination led to an art show held in the garden. It was an extremely effective project held with residential children and teens with behavioral, social and emotional challenges.

Lena De Leo, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an SVA MPS Art Therapy alumni, and a supervising art therapist at Green Chimney’s Residential Treatment Center in Brewster, NY, where she works with children and adolescents with a range of emotional challenges in group and individual settings.

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Friday, April 14, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art of Autism – Beyond Etiology: Engaging Expression Through Creativity and Listening
Lukas Prokes, PsyD

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

This lecture will discuss the latest research on the etiology of autism and later explores treatment plans using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Art Therapy. This talk will feature how Art Therapy can promote communication, emotional growth, social interaction and channel autistic behavior into expressive and creative outlet. Parental perspectives and how to support families affected with autism will conclude this lecture.

Lukas Prokes, PsyD, graduated from SVA with an MPS in Art Therapy and continued with his education in Los Angeles receiving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Mr. Prokes divides his time between private clinical practice and as a founder of a non-profit organization The Half Full Institute Inc. As the director of Clinical Services, Mr. Prokes works closely and collaboratively with parents, teachers, students and administrators to tailor programs to the specific needs of each child, family, and school. His work in the public school system of NYC focuses developing tailored therapy for students and families struggling with the challenges of autism. In addition to his clinical work at the organization, Mr. Prokes helps The Half Full Institute find opportunities to work other non-profit organizations to create stronger and healthier individuals and communities through music, theater and art.

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