Upcoming Events

Friday, March 27, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art Therapy in Public Schools
Marygrace Berberian, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCSW
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s. RSVP
As school facilities are more often becoming the providers of mental health support for children at-risk, art therapy services in schools have effectively responded to the diverse and ever changing needs of students. In the school community, art therapy has been a proven modality to aid students to overcome social and emotional challenges, increase their self-concept, reinitiate motivation towards goal driven tasks and provide key validation for successful progress and choice making. The Art Therapy in Schools Program at NYU has been providing art therapy services in public schools since 1997. An overview of the program protocol will be examined in addition to specific benefits and limitations for art therapy practice in educational settings. Results from a two year longitudinal study that examined the impact of art therapy on self-esteem, affect regulation and impulse control will be discussed. The current proposal for launching more widespread recognition for art therapy in schools will also be shared.

Marygrace Berberian is the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at New York University.  Marygrace has established school based art therapy initiatives throughout New York City for at-risk children and families for almost 20 years.  In her current position, Ms. Berberian is the Director of NYU Art Therapy in the Schools program.  She led a research initiative examining the impact of art therapy on the self-esteem, affect regulation and impulse control of public school students. She has published work on the use of art therapy for post 9-11 recovery and has presented at cross disciplinary conferences nationally and internationally. Marygrace has trained clinicians of other disciplines advocating for the use of the creative arts therapies as a highly efficient treatment modality.  She formerly developed and directed the creative arts therapy program at several community based agencies, working with children and adolescents at risk, formerly homeless and mentally ill adults and survivors of cancer. Ms. Berberian is also trained as a Sandplay Therapy Practitioner and maintains a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, April 1-Friday, April 10
Boys Hope Girls Hope Exhibition: Holding on, Letting go
Reception: Thursday, April 9, 6-8pm
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Studio

Monday, April 13-Thursday, April 30
Art Therapy Outreach Center Exhibition
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Studio

Friday, April 24, 9am-3pm
Class of 2015 Thesis Presentations
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Additional events will be added as dates are finalized. For more information about any of these events, please contact arttherapy@sva.edu or 212.592.2610.