FALL 2012 Community Lecture Series Schedule

School of Visual Arts
MPS Art Therapy Department
Community Lecture Series
FALL 2012


All lectures take place at:
The School of Visual Arts
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
between Sixth & Seventh Avenues, NYC

Lectures are FREE to the public. Attendees must RSVP and bring photo ID.

Seating is limited and late arrivals will not be admitted.

CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.

For more information please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610.

Friday, September 21, 6:30-8pm
Ethical Considerations: Clients with Cognitive Limitations in Research and Treatment
Lisa Furman, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

This lecture will explore the ethical implications of using clients who have cognitive degeneration in mixed methods research and treatment. The case of a 74-year-old woman with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) who manifested a significant decline in cognition that affected her social, emotional and artistic functioning will be presented in the context of informed consent and the client’s understanding of the consequences of participating in art therapy and research.

Lisa Furman, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, has over 20 years of clinical experience, including work with adults, children and families at the New York Foundling Hospital, New York Institute for Special Education, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital in New York City. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the graduate art therapy program at SVA and a full faculty member at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Register here to attend the September lecture.


Friday, October 26, 6:30-8pm
Approaches Used in Understanding Dissociation
Heather Genovese, MS, LCAT, LP

This workshop will consist of both a theoretical understanding of trauma and dissociation, and case material from a patient with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) using a variety of approaches including art therapy. Attendees will learn what dissociation is and be able to distinguish normal dissociation from pathological dissociation. Various ways that dissociation may present in a patient will be identified.  Ideas about why someone would develop a dissociative disorder and how to approach it in treatment will also be covered with a special focus on the value of the creative arts when working with traumatized patients.

Heather A. Genovese, MS, LCAT, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst and licensed creative arts therapist in private practice in New York City. She specializes in working with traumatized and dissociative individuals. Heather completed her psychoanalytic training at National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is an adjunct professor at the Master’s in Art Therapy Program at the College of New Rochelle and is a clinical supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Trauma Program. Heather is an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, where she has held committee membership.

Register here to attend the October lecture.


Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30-8pm
Exploring Intimacy Deficits and Skills: Measuring Intimacy Capability and Motivation and Their Correlation to Intimacy Behavior and Imagery
Hilda Speicher, PhD

Links can be drawn between experiencing intimacy and physical and psychological well-being, yet little is known about the experience. Measures of intimacy do not differentiate between capability and motivation, tend to focus on specific relationships, and assess only one or a few of the many components of intimacy cited in the literature. Dr. Speicher developed a comprehensive measure that assesses individual differences among people on two dimensions, Intimacy Capability and Intimacy Motivation, regardless of type of relationship or specific intimate other. The 36-item STICIM measure was developed and analyses suggest that capability and motivation are in fact distinct and independent aspects of intimacy, and should be treated separately. She will present results of studies run to validate the measure with respect to how scores relate to intimacy in romantic and nonromantic relationships, attachment, relationship history, fear of intimacy, passionate love, psychological and physical well-being, and nonverbal and verbal expressions of intimacy between strangers in a videotaped getting acquainted exercise. She will also share some preliminary findings on how scores relate to the Bird’s Nest Drawing and other art therapy assessment tools. This psychological measure should be useful in assessing clients’ intimacy issues for developing treatment plans, and for monitoring progress in therapy.

Hilda Speicher, PhD, joined the Psychology Department at Albertus Magnus College in 2003, and is the Coordinator of the Psychology Accelerated Degree Program in the School of Evening and Graduate Programs. Her research interests focus on Developing Intimacy and some of the courses she teaches include: undergraduate statistics, social psychology, close relationships, the psychology and arts of prejudice, and experimental research methods, and graduate research methods in the Art Therapy program as well as supervision of primary research thesis projects in the Art Therapy program. Dr. Speicher co-founded the college-wide annual Experiential Learning Day event where students present research, internship, or service learning experiences in talk or poster format. Prior to Albertus, she worked in pharmaceutical marketing research and for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Her MA and PhD in Social Psychology were obtained from the University of Delaware where she also assisted in administering the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Program. Dr. Speicher is a native of Greenwich Village in New York City and after first attending S.U.N.Y. Purchase and The New School for Social Research, she completed her BA with honors at C.U.N.Y. Hunter College.

Register here to attend the December lecture.


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