1. Friday, February 7, 6:30-8pm
COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES: Engage your Body’s Wisdom: Focusing and Art Therapy
Elizabeth Baring, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, NCPsyALP
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.|
“Do you have a sense when you do art therapy that there is a ‘more’ there that you and your client are not getting to?” “Do you wish you could connect on a deeper level with your client’s experience?” You can learn this by a process of  listening to your body in a gentle curious way and hearing the messages that this inner voice is sending. Gene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago discovered this way of working with clients and called their approach Focusing. Focusing can provide another dimension to your work by helping clients access their inner felt sense of the situations and problems they face and use art therapy to discover new approaches and possibilities.

Elizabeth Baring,  MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, NCPsyALP is a psychotherapist in New York City who helps children and adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties by combining sandplay, creative arts therapy and focusing oriented psychotherapy with traditional verbal therapy. With over 20 years’ experience in private practice, Liz has also worked in medical and psychiatric settings. She is a member of the Educational Support Team at the Brooklyn Waldorf School. Liz is a faculty member and supervisor at the Training and Research in Self Psychology Foundation. She practices in both English and Spanish.



2. Saturday, February 15-Saturday, March 15
Reception: Thursday, February 27, 6-8pm
SVA Westside Gallery, 141 West 21st Street


3. Friday, February 28, 10am-4pm
ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Trauma, Art and Social Constructs
Keynote Speaker: Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Featured Guest Speaker: Renee Obstfeld, ATR-BC, LCAT
Panel Discussion: Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Renee Obstfeld, ATR-BC, LCAT
SJ Langer, LCSW-R
Kylene Kasch, SVA student, former U.S. Marine
moderated by Eileen P. McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Through lectures and a panel discussion, this conference will explore trauma through the lens of social constructs. Trauma is experienced, exacerbated or healed in relation to the cultural context in which it occurs. Traumatic imprints, stored in the brain’s subcortex and largely divorced from verbal recall, require treatment that focuses on the somatic experiencing of related sensations and affect. Incorporating the impact societal norms and values have on the body and the brain, how can art therapy promote the transformation of embodied symptomatology into symbol and thought?



4. Friday, March 21, 6:30-8pm
COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES: Art Therapy for Initiating Trauma Treatment
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Many patients who enter mental health treatment have had traumatic experiences, and what do we do about it? This lecture will focus on initiating trauma treatment through using artwork to establish safety and stability. Examples will be used from a weekly ongoing “Safety & Stability” art therapy group, with artwork created by adults in treatment for co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency.

Kate Mack, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT,CASAC is an art therapist and substance abuse counselor at Kings County Hospital’s Project Access, an outpatient day treatment program for adults who are dually-diagnosed with severe mental illness and chemical dependency. She has developed an extensive art therapy program that has become an integral part of the clients’ recovery process.  Kate is a member of the hospital’s Trauma-Informed Care Committee, working to implement trauma-informed care across disciplines.



5. Friday, April 18, 6:30-8pm
Jennifer Christine Nash, PhD
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
Jennifer C. Nash rewrites black feminism’s theory of representation. Her analysis moves beyond black feminism’s preoccupation with injury and recovery to consider how racial fictions can create a space of agency and even pleasure for black female subjects. Nash’s innovative readings of hardcore pornographic films from the 1970s and 1980s develop a new method of analyzing racialized pornography focused on black women’s pleasures in blackness: delights in toying with and subverting blackness, moments of racialized excitement, deliberate enactments of hyperbolic blackness, and humorous performances of blackness that poke fun at the fantastical project of race. Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and media studies, Nash creates a new black feminist interpretative practice, one attentive to the messy contradictions—between delight and discomfort, between desire and degradation—at the heart of black pleasures.

Jennifer Christine Nash, PhD is an Assistant Professor of America Studies at George Washington University. Nash’s work focuses on black feminism, black sexual politics, race and visual culture, and race and law.  Her research has centered on two related areas, representations of black bodies in visual culture, with a particular interest in sexualized images of black female bodies. She has written about black feminism as an intellectual and political transition, focusing on intersectionality and, more recently, on black feminism’s love-politics.  She held fellowships at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research and at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows.  Her research has also been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Felllowship in Women’s Studies.



6. Wednesday, April 23, 9am-3pm & Friday, April 25, 9am-3pm
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

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