- To raise awareness around and provide specific case examples of how oppressive systems in the USA are impacting the mental health of families and individuals.
- To offer specific clinical interventions and strategies that support clients who are dealing with the ramifications of systemic dysfunctionality.
- To offer strategies on how to be resilient and effective therapists while working with clients who are suffering from the trauma caused by systemic injustices.
Diana Gil Velez, MS, LCAT, ATR-BC is a New York state licensed creative arts therapist, board certified/registered art therapist, and a psychoanalyst-in-training. She has a private practice in Manhattan called Evolve Through Art – Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC (ETA) since 2012. Diana also works as a creative arts therapist at Jacobi Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric unit where she’s been serving the Bronx community for over 7 years. As a psychoanalyst-in-training with the National Psychological Association of Psychoanalysis (NPAP), she provides low fee psychoanalysis at their Theodor Reik Clinical Center for Psychotherapy. Diana is dedicated to providing top quality mental health services in disenfranchised settings. She uses a multi-culturally and eclectic approach in her work, ensuring to tailor her psychotherapeutic interventions to her patient’s needs. She is a member of Creative Arts Therapists of Color and Art Therapists for Human Rights.
Sandra Ramos-Watt, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is a New York State licensed mental health practitioner and nationally board-certified music therapist. She is the founder of CATs of Color (www.catsofcolor.com), a network of creative arts therapists of color, that addresses the need for greater multiracial diversity in the creative arts therapy profession. Sandra is the clinical director at Heartsong, Inc. She has served as a board member for the New York State Office of the Professions/Mental Health Practitioners for the past 10 years. Sandra has maintained a private practice in the Bronx since 2010. Her approach focuses on the therapeutic relationship and on how one’s way of being in the world is situated within the frameworks of their social and cultural histories.
Diana Gil Velez, MS, LCAT, ATR-BC (Facilitator/Panel Presenter)
Sandra Ramos-Watt, MA, MT-BC, LCAT (Facilitator)
Gabriela S. Ortiz, MS, LCAT, MT-BC (Panel Presenter)
Adam Stevens, MA, LCAT-P (Panel Presenter)
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C. Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s; CE hours available for LCAT’s.