Art, Migration, and Youth of Courage

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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