2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


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Josie Abbenante

Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT, has taught and practiced art therapy for over 30 years. She added the practice of sandplay to her work 20 years ago. Josie directed art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill College. She has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Naropa University, Vermont College, and Mount Mary College. In recent years, she was the coordinator and taught in the summer graduate creative arts therapy program at Pratt Institute. Josie has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including: archetypal art therapy, sandplay and art therapy, art therapy and Deaf culture, and the language of aesthetics and metaphor.

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Kathleen (Kay) Adams

Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC, is founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy and its online professional training division, the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She is the author of nine books on journal writing for personal growth and in clinical practice, including the Journal to the Self and Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice. Kay is known globally for her visionary leadership in standards-based practice of journal therapy.

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Ori Alon

Ori Alon is the founder and director of the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy, the Empowering Clerks Network, and Alfassi Books. He developed numerous Playful Paperwork documents and trained hundreds of Empowering Clerks around the world, issuing over 100,000 official documents so far. Ori also creates a comic series using postage stamps and The Magic Bagel children's book series.

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TJ Alton

TJ Alton, RDT, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered drama therapist. She specializes in substance abuse, eating disorders, family therapy, and adolescent work. TJ is currently behavioral health manager of the Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic for Kaiser Oakland Psychiatry.

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Bethany Altschwager

Bethany Altschwager, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a licensed creative arts therapist currently working at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center’s adult outpatient psychiatric clinic. Building on her background in arts education, her experience also includes art therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families in community-based school, after-school, and clubhouse settings. Bethany has presented at the AATA's national conferences and guest lectured at her alma mater, the School of Visual Arts graduate art therapy program.

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Alix Amar

Alix Amar, MEd, MSS, CRS, LCSW, has been in private practice for over 25 years. She is certified in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a body psychotherapy that emphasizes the integration of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Alix has training in many modalities including Gestalt therapy, hypnosis, psychodrama, and sand tray. She is also an ordained interfaith minister and has been leading labyrinth workshops for over five years for professionals, trauma survivors, and bereaved children and adults.

Susan Anand

Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, graduated from the NYU art therapy program, where she was trained by Edith Kramer. She has worked with children and adults in inpatient/outpatient settings for over 30 years. As a psychiatry instructor at the Univ. of MS Medical Center, Susan provides art therapy and teaches psychiatry residents about the use of art therapy with medically ill/psychiatric patients. She facilitates group art therapy for cancer patients with the Creative Healing Studio and Art in Mind, and for people with memory loss at the Museum of Art in Jackson, MS. Susan conducts training workshops in the U.S. and India.

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James Andralis
Jim Andralis, LCAT, is a New York City-based art therapist in private practice and certified Internal Family Systems therapist.  He received a 2-year training certificate at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Trauma Studies Center and has a Masters of Professional Studies from School of Visual Arts’ Art Therapy department.  Jim has assisted in NYC-area Level 1 trainings since 2011 and is likely to achieve Assistant Trainer status by the time the Summit comes to town this year.

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Denise Anima

Denise Anima, LMFT, graduated from JFK University with a master's in counseling psychology. She is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist working in private practice. Denise is trained in trauma-informed services and expressive arts therapy, and facilitates therapy groups utilizing expressive arts. She has trained other therapists in expressive arts interventions. Denise has worked with youth and families involved in the juvenile probation or foster care systems.

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Deborah Armstrong

Deborah Armstrong, PhD, RPT-S, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in play and expressive therapy practices for over 30 years. She works out of her practice, The Mindgarden Centre in Greenville, SC. Deborah also serves as coordinator of the expressive arts therapy concentration at Goddard College.

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Jackie Ashley

Jackie Ashley, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, is a somatic psychotherapist, licensed counselor, and a registered dance/movement therapist. She has been practicing expressive arts therapies for 25 years, integrating horses into her work since 2001. The focus of Jackie's work is on body-based trauma resolution through awareness, movement, expression, and the integration of time in nature with non-human animals.

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Sabrina Askari-Dougherty

Sabrina Askari-Dougherty, LMFT, specializes in working with children and their families in helping to navigate the mental health system. As an enhanced care coordinator for a managed care company, she collaborates with state agencies, guardians, and psychiatric inpatient providers to assist in securing long-term treatment for youth. Sabrina also has a private practice in Salem, MA, and has experience providing in-home therapy to multi-stressed families and children with significant behavioral and mental health needs.

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Galit Atlas

Galit Atlas, PhD, LCAT, LP, is a psychoanalyst, creative art therapist, and supervisor in private practice in Manhattan. She is faculty at the NYU postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, faculty at NIP and NTP, and The Institute for Expressive Analysis. Galit is author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis, and the upcoming book Dramatic Dialogues: Contemporary Clinical Practice (with Lewis Aron). She has authored articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality.

Diane Austin

Diane Austin, DA, ACMT, LCAT, is the director of the Music Psychotherapy Center where she offers a two-year certificate program in music psychotherapy focusing on the voice. She has maintained a private practice in music psychotherapy for over 20 years, supervises creative arts therapists, and is an associate adjunct professor in the music therapy department at NYU. Published widely, Diane's newest book is The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self. She created the first international distance training program in vocal psychotherapy in Vancouver, BC and in Seoul, Korea.

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Lindsay Balboa

Lindsay Balboa, MSSW, LCSW, is a licensed social worker progressing towards her registered play therapy certification. She has extensive knowledge and experience with navigating the legal and court system through her specialized work with foster care, adoption, and divorcing families. Lindsay holds postgraduate certifications in adoption and foster care.

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Lucy Barbera

Lucy Barbera, PhD, is a licensed creative arts therapist and for the last 20 years has served on the faculty of The Humanistic Multicultural Education graduate program at SUNY, New Paltz, where she develops and teaches courses in expressive arts therapy and social justice and directs the postgraduate interdisciplinary certificate program in creative arts therapy, at Adelphi University's School of Social Work. Her work settings include inpatient, psychiatric day treatment, and special education, as therapy coordinator and school principal.

Elizabeth Baring

Elizabeth Baring, MS, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCAT, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst, a licensed creative art therapist, sandplay practitioner, and a focusing oriented therapist. For 20 years she has had a private practice in NYC, working with children and adults by combining sandplay, creative arts therapy, and focusing with traditional psychotherapy. Elizabeth worked at Mt. Sinai, Silver Hill, and Stamford hospitals. She is faculty and a supervisor at Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology.

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Laura Bauder

Laura Bauder, BA, obtained her bachelor's from Cedar Crest College. She’s worked as a freelance artist and workshop facilitator since 2014, facilitating papermaking and bookmaking workshops for individuals, small groups, events, and retreats throughout the Lehigh Valley and Pocono regions in PA. Laura is currently studying art therapy and counseling at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She has volunteered with the Expressive Therapies Summit since 2013, recently taking on the role of social media assistant. In 2016, Laura completed her first internship at ArtZ, an art therapy open studio in Quakertown, PA.

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Mark Beauregard

Mark Beauregard, RDT-BCT, LCAT, specializes in gender and sexuality affirming therapy, receiving postgraduate certification through the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. He presents frequently on gender and sexual diversity, in addition to providing years of direct service to LGBTQ people and their families. Mark is senior drama therapist and supervisor of LGBTQ Services for NY Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC in Brooklyn and has a private practice in Manhattan.

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Maya Benattar

Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, is a music psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has a decade of diverse clinical experience in medical, educational, community, and private practice settings. Maya received her master’s from New York University, and has completed postgraduate training in vocal psychotherapy and creative arts therapies in trauma treatment.

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John Bergman

John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT, is a drama therapist/theatre director with over 35 years' experience with prisoners and prison officers. He founded Geese Theatre Company in the U.S. and UK, and is a board member of Transcena in Romania, an arts-based company working in prisons and schools. John co-initiated a therapeutic community for violent children at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre and established another therapeutic community for violent men in Bucharest. He recently co-edited, Current Perspectives and Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

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Jodie Berman

Jodie Berman, BFA, has worked with seniors and older adults in all types of continuing care communities for over 15 years. She has specialized in providing non-pharmacologic Montessori-inspired approaches to treating people living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Jodie has given presentations and conducted training for organizations, such as the Juilliard School and the Mayo Clinic. She currently serves as the director of programs and community engagement for True Care Home Care and their innovative “Truly Inspired” Memory Care program.

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Jane Bishow-Semevolos

Jane Bishow-Semevolos, ATR-BC, PCL2, LCAT, is a creative arts therapist and adventure-based counselor at South Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Amityville, NY. She facilitates at Project C.A.R.E., South Oaks’ adventure challenge course, for a variety of groups including psychiatric, substance abuse, corporate team building, and youth organizations. Jane is also a sibling support specialist at Friends of Karen, an organization that provides emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families.

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Iiris Bjornberg

Iiris Bjornberg, RN, of Helsinki, Finland, a creative Journal Expressive Arts & Visioning® graduate, currently trains teachers to use Papilio (which she has brought to Finland). Papilio is a program that promotes social-emotional competence in children, which tackles the risks for violence and addictions. She is internationally known for drive to always prevent violent behavior, especially school shootings.

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Celia Bockhoff
Celia Bockhoff, MSW, LCSW, SEP, has over 27 years experience as a somatic and vocal psychotherapist and workshop leader. Early training in Ericksonian and Generative Trance led to her interest in multiple levels of awareness, and to certification as an SEP: Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. After receiving Teacher Certification in the ground-breaking vocal approach “SpiritSong”, Celia wove all three healing paths into her creation of “Essential Voice Expression (EVE)”™, and “Seven Notes to Freedom” ™. She offers individual psychotherapy and voice workshops in her private practice in Boulder, Colorado, and beyond.
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Kandia Bouzioti

Kandia Bouzioti, MA, AVPT, received a master’s in music therapy from NYU, and worked with cancer patients at Sloan Kettering in NYC. She has completed the postgraduate training in vocal psychotherapy and depth psychology with Diane Austin in Vancouver, BC. Kandia is a member of the Bureau of the Hellenic Association of Certified Professional Music Therapists. She is currently working in Greece as a music therapist/vocal psychotherapist and as a classical singer.

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Faith Bowen

Faith Bowen, MPS, LCAT, works with middle schoolers through Counseling in Schools and the NYC Community Schools Initiative, and graduated from Pratt Institute’s art therapy program. She runs a twice-weekly fiber arts club for the students at her school. Faith has experience utilizing art therapy with school-aged children and their families in school-based, community, and shelter settings. She also has taught art and drama to children and young adults with developmental delays in order to promote social-emotional wellness.

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Matthew Brady

Matthew Brady, MS, MT-BC, LCAT, is a board certified music therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. He completed undergraduate and graduate studies in music therapy at Molloy College. Matt has also completed additional training as a DIR/Floortime provider. He completed advanced postgraduate training in Nordoff-Robbins music therapy at the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy. Matt has been the music therapist at Imagine Academy in Brooklyn since 2014.

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Rachel Brandoff

Rachel Brandoff, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC, LCAT, is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Art Therapy Specialization in Community and Trauma Counseling at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia. She has taught at several schools and enjoys training trauma-responsive art therapists.  She is one of the founders of the Expressive Therapies Summit, a NYC-based professional training conference, and served for a decade as the Ethics Chair for the board of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA). Rachel has experience with a wide array of clinical populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and has specialized with individuals and families coming out of crisis situations and facing major life transition.  Rachel has maintained a private practice for 12 years and provides supervision and consultation to practicing art therapists.

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Christa Brennan

Christa Brennan, ATR-BC, CASAC, LCAT, is a licensed art therapist and substance abuse counselor working at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She works in an outpatient setting with adults struggling with addiction and supervises art therapy students. Christa has over 50 hours of psychodrama training and uses elements of this with her clients. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle and has a private practice.

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Kristen Brookes

Kristen Brookes, RDT, LCAT is a registered drama therapist and licensed creative arts therapist with 20 years experience in the field.  She graduated with her masters degree in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has worked as a site director, drama therapist, and clinical counselor with ENACT, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), and Counseling in Schools (CIS).  She has presented trainings and workshops at the North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (NADTA), Face To Face: Arts In Education Round Table, and Columbia University, and has provided professional development for a number of public schools and organizations throughout New York City. Kristen has a private practice in Brooklyn and offers professional supervision, training, and consulting.


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Corinna Brown

Corinna Brown, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, has been a dancer, choreographer, and mind/body psychotherapist for over 20 years. She has been a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute since 2005. Corinna served the ADTA as government affairs chairperson and the NYSADTA as president. She holds certificates in neo-Riechian psychotherapy and a certificate in alcohol and substance abuse counseling form LIU. Corinna's work was recently published in Shawn McNiff’s book on arts-based research and in the Journal of Applied Arts & Health. She is now doing her doctoral studies in expressive therapies at Lesley University.

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Sally Brucker

Sally Brucker, ATR-BC, CAGS, CLCC, LCSW, has been an art therapist, educator, and workshop leader for over 25 years. She holds master’s degrees in early childhood special education, art therapy, and clinical social work. Sally has been a visiting professor at Gallaudet University, Art Therapy Italiana, Hampshire College, Harmony Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia), and Institute for Psychology (Moscow). She is on the faculty of Montgomery College in Maryland.

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Dawn Burau

Dawn Burau, ATR, SpEd, LMHC, has her master’s in counseling and expressive therapies from Lesley. As a therapeutic teacher at the Community Therapeutic Day School, she worked with children with neurological, behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities. Dawn has presented on special education, use of arts in the school setting, and interpreting/applying neuropsychological assessments. She co-authored Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations: Assessing and Helping the Whole Child with Daniel Reinstein. They are writing their second book, Applying the Results of Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments: A Manual for Teachers and Specialists.

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Kimberly Bush

Kimberly Bush, MFA, ATR-BC, CCLS, LCAT, LP, is a creative arts therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. She's been working with adults, children, and families for over 25 years. Kimberly went to Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Westchester Institute. She teaches fieldwork/supervision, materials/modalities, and thesis advisement at Pratt Institute. Kimberly is director of creative arts therapy at The League Education and Treatment Center. She specializes in autism, trauma and recovery, bereavement and grief work, medical art therapy, and supervision and training of professional creative arts therapists.

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Claire Campbell

Claire Campbell, ATR, LPCC-S, is faculty and counseling lab director in the counselor graduate program at Cleveland State University. She is a registered art therapist and counselor who uses relationship, language, art therapy, and mindfulness practices, as well as supervision and teaching. Claire has presented locally and nationally on trauma informed care, empathetic distress, and the use of art therapy in treatment and wellness practices spanning the past 20 years. She advocates for a holistic approach to counseling and creating sustainable wellness practices for clients, clinicians, colleagues, and students alike. Claire also has a private practice in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Natalie Carlton

Natalie Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, is an associate professor and director of Drexel University’s art therapy and counseling program. She is interested in media use and has engaged reflective art therapy practices with diverse materials including fabric, clay and sculpture, drawing and painting, as well as sand play, photography, sound recording, and printmaking. Social justice art and movements as well as power, privilege, and oppression frameworks are additional foci for Natalie's clinical and teaching approaches, research, and applied skill development. She has published chapters on the diverse subjects of the sensory qualities of digital media and graphic novel use in art therapy.

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Liz Carrara

Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian and a member of BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center in New York City. She offers nutrition and wellness counseling to individuals, and specializes in eating disorder treatment. Liz graduated from the University of Vermont with a master’s degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship through UVM in Burlington, VT.

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Beth Charbonneau

Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C, is a psychotherapist in private practice in College Park, MD. She earned a bachelor's in theatre arts after studying at Smith College and Royal Holloway New Bedford College (England) and a master’s in social work from Gallaudet University. Beth was certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2006. Over the past 16 years, she has worked in residential treatment with adolescents, in private practice with adults and adolescents, and offers experiential group workshops and professional trainings.

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Rachel Cimino

Rachel Cimino, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a Pratt graduate and licensed art therapist at Imagine Academy for Autism. She works with school-aged children and adolescents with autism, engaging them in both individual sessions and groups to improve their social and emotional well-being through art and play activities. Rachel's previous experience includes working on a short-term inpatient psychiatric unit with adults where she provided a variety of art and verbal therapeutic groups.

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Amy Clarkson

Amy Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, PAT, LCAT, is a board-certified music therapist and certified practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, with over 20 years of clinical experience. She serves as clinical training associate and adjunct professor in music therapy at Montclair State University. Through her private practice, Creative Flow Therapy Services, LLC, Amy provides music therapy, psychodrama, and supervision. She has presented and published on topics including work with children recovering from domestic violence, work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and the integration of music therapy and psychodrama.

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Johanna Climenko

Johanna Climenko, BC-DM, LCSW-R, LCAT, has been a dance/movement therapist since 1968, and has worked in clinical and academic settings in the U.S. and the Netherlands. She received additional training in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Reichian Character Analytic Therapy (RT). Johanna's focus is on the complementarity of DMT, LMA, and RT in private practice and in training and consulting other mental health professionals and students, in individual and organizational contexts for self-care, assessment, and replenishment.

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Deborah Cluff

Deborah Cluff, PhD, is a depth psychologist with special interest in how minds and bodies play in the world and how shame impacts self-expression. She is certified in Creativity and the Unconscious by the Assisi Institute, and is the creator of integrative photography, which uses photographs as the medium for communication. Deborah studied art history at the Sorbonne Paris, and holds a master's in clinical psychology, and a PhD in depth psychotherapy. Having over 20 years' experience, she has a private practice in Venice, CA. Deborah is publishing her new book, Shame and the Making of Art.

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Suzanne Costello

Suzanne Costello joined Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater in NYC in 1979 and became its artistic co-director in 1984. The theater has been at the forefront of the arts and healthcare field since introducing its signature program, Caring for the Caregiver, in 1992. They have presented hundreds of programs for caregivers of all kinds. Their work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for “Best Practices” and by The Kennedy Center as a “National Model.” This summer, Suzanne has been invited to present their work at the Culture, Health, and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol, UK.

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Jean Davis

Jean Davis, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a licensed, registered, and board-certified art therapist with 20 years of experience. She is an associate adjunct professor in Pratt's graduate creative arts therapy program, is the supervisor of the CAT department at the League School, is the former chairperson of Pratt’s CAT program, former director of the Transitional Living Community, and is the former clinical director of the Greenwich Village Youth Council. Jean has postgraduate training in the areas of group therapy, gestalt therapy, and applied ecopsychology. She has published several articles on environmental art therapy and has a private practice in Brooklyn.

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Maude Davis

Maude Davis, MA, is a diploma candidate at the Carl G. Jung Institute in Zurich and a doctoral student in expressive arts therapy at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. She has a master's from SUNY/Empire State College in psychology and the performing arts and is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Drawing upon her prior experience as a performing artist, Maude is developing a Jungian-based expressive arts therapy technique: Psyche’s Cabaret.

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Allison DeCamillis

Allison (Ali) DeCamillis, MS, ATR, LPCC, is program director at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a cancer support community. She is a clinical art therapist and counselor who finds program development to be a creative act. For the last 17 years, Ali has specialized in working with older adults with memory-related disorders, palliative care, grief and loss, and people across the age spectrum living with cancer in healthcare and community-based settings. She is adjunct faculty at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis.

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Shirley Disu

Shirley Disu, MPsa, MA, CCLS, NC-PsyA, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst, child life specialist, and early childhood educator. A graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and the International School for Mental Health Practitioners, she has been working in the field for over 10 years. Shirley is the founder and director of Healthier Minds Psychoanalysis, PLLC, and provides on-site psychoanalysis/psychotherapy to children and trainings for agency staff. She currently practices in Staten Island, specializing in pediatric populations.

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Courtney Dowdell

Courtney Dowdell, RDT, LCAT, is a primary therapist at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center. She received her master's in drama therapy at NYU. Courtney is a licensed creative arts therapist with the NYS Education Department, and a registered drama therapist. She has facilitated drama therapy and counseling in a broad range of settings, including child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, as well as school-based systems for the developmentally delayed. Courtney specializes in utilizing improvisation, playwriting, role-play, and performance in a group setting to work therapeutically with clients.

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Erin Edwards

Erin Edwards has obtained her MDiv (master of divinity) with an emphasis in Kriya Yoga and 12-step recovery. She led meditation in 12-step recovery retreats for 10 years, and has taught meditation for 4 years. Erin teaches meditation practices to K-4th grade in Arizona.

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Jon Ehinger

Jon Ehinger, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a licensed and board-certified art therapist, multimedia artist, published author, presenter, and educator in Brooklyn. His background in computer arts began in skateboard publications onto broadcasting work at the Cartoon Network and CNN. Since receiving his master's at Pratt in 2009, Jon developed new media mental health art therapy programs for NYC hospitals and clinics that integrate digital storytelling and clinical video green screen technology for mentally ill adults. His digital arts therapy approach also appeals to the Park Slope youth population he treats in private practice.

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Bess Eiermann

Bess Eiermann, MA, R-DMT, CAGS, is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, studying expressive art therapies. She has a master's in dance/movement therapy and in counseling. Bess has over 25 years of experience working in different clinical settings, including directing a residential drug treatment center and as executive director of an HIV/AIDS organization. She works with students who have learning, physical, and psychological disabilities at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Bess has taught workshops on expressive art therapies, creativity, and applied improvisation. She co-facilitates an improv group for older women.

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Katerina Evans

Katerina Evans, ATR, LCPC, is a creative therapist and art therapy student supervisor in private practice. She earned her degree from George Washington University and specializes in trauma with adults and adolescents. Katerina enjoys leading groups and workshops with a strong arts and mindfulness component. She was the director of a non-profit art and gallery program for adults with mental illness prior to starting private practice.

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Ashley Fargnoli
Ashley Fargnoli, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC works as a dance/movement therapist with refugees and survivors of human trafficking in Chicago. She has taught Expressive Arts Therapy at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina for three years where she implemented numerous dance reconciliation projects as well as integration projects for Roma youth.  Ashley has also lived in Kolkata, India where she worked with survivors of human trafficking.  Her current research is focused on evaluating the use of dance/movement therapy to address trauma related pain symptoms and promote wellbeing among Burmese refugees. Ashley is an alumna of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College, Chicago and also holds a MA in Cultural Project Management from the Institute of Political Studies (France). 
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Leah Floyd

Leah R. Floyd, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist clinically trained in cognitive behavioral theory, art-as-therapy, psychoanalysis, and objects relations approaches. She currently works with adults diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and at-risk Latina adolescents in two separate programs. Leah has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings. She has a wide range of experiences working with many different populations.

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Renee Folzenlogen

Renee Folzenlogen, MA, LAC, NCC, is a family support counselor at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris in NJ. She studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts, earned a master’s in counseling and art therapy at Caldwell University, and studied open studio process in Evanston, IL. Renee has facilitated arts-based workshops for physicians and educators, coordinated learning programs for adults with developmental disabilities, and provided art therapy for bereaved children and women/children who have experienced domestic violence. She has exhibited her art at Monmouth County Art Museum, and at Studio Montclair and Artists Unite venues.

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Theresa Fraser

Theresa Fraser, MA, CCW, CYC-P, CPT-S, is a child/youth care practitioner and has a master's in counselling psychology. She specializes in trauma/loss and attachment, and is a certified play therapist and play therapist supervisor for Canada and the UK. Theresa trained for six years in sandtray worldplay. She has been studying dying and death. Theresa is an ordained minister/celebrant in Canada. She has written books, book chapters, and magazine articles. Theresa is completing her PhD with the University of South Wales and is researching the use of sandtray with older adults. She works with children, youth, couples, and families holistically. Theresa is a professor at Sheridan College.

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Laura Fuller-Cooper

Laura Fuller-Cooper, MAAT, ATR-L BC, NCC, is a board-certified, licensed art psychotherapist and nationally certified counselor and holds a master's in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute. With over 15 years of experience as an art therapist in child/adolescent psychiatric practice, she developed creative strategies to meet therapeutic goals in the acute care setting. Laura currently has a private practice in Milwaukee, WI, and is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University, Alverno College, and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

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Cara Gallo-Jermyn

Cara Aubrey Gallo-Jermyn, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. She has practiced in the field since 2004, and completed a two-year training in the practice of authentic movement in 2011. Cara is working towards her certification in group psychotherapy. She studied dance/psychology at Hunter College and has her master's in DMT from Pratt. Cara worked at Bellevue Hospital Center with children, teens, and adults. She offers DMT groups at The League School in Brooklyn, the 14th Street Y through ARTS Rx and is adjunct at The College of New Rochelle and Pratt.

Lani A. Gerity

Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR, holds a doctorate from NYU in art therapy. She has been practicing art therapy since 1980, with an emphasis on dissociative identity disorder and puppet-making. Lani is the author of Creativity and the Dissociative Patient, and editor of Edith Kramer's collection of papers, Art as Therapy, along with various journal articles and chapters in other books. She is completing a book on the Edith Kramer legacy.

Karen Gibbons

Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, PYT, LCAT, is an art therapist, practicing for more than 12 years. She has worked with children in schools, people who are mentally ill/chemically addicted, and court-involved youth. Karen's current work is in private practice and running groups with several non-profits in NYC. Her specialty is combining yoga and art therapy. Karen became a registered yoga teacher in 2003, and became a professional yoga therapist in 2013. Her book, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2015, is titled Integrating Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy: Yoga, Art, and the Use of Intention.

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Alison Gigl George
Alison Gigl George, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, has served on the faculty at Pratt Institute for 20 years, and is currently co-coordinator of the Pratt Institute CAT Low Residency Program. An exhibiting artist and an art therapist in practice for the past 30 years, Alison maintains a community-centered studio practice in Red Hook, NY, serving children, teens, young adults and families, where she also offers creativity-based children's camps and wellness/creativity workshops.
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Miki Goerdt

Miki Goerdt, ATR-P, LCSW, specializes in the treatment of older adults with mental illness. She is a licensed clinical social worker and registered art therapist-provisional. Miki's experience includes providing art therapy at long-term care/assisted living facilities, an outpatient psychiatric clinic, hospice, dialysis centers, and an inpatient psychiatric unit. Currently she is a mental health therapist at Arlington County’s senior adult mental health program in Virginia, providing individual and group art therapy for older adults with serious mental illnesses.

Amber Elizabeth Gray

Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, is an internationally recognized expert in refugee mental health and torture treatment. In 2007, she established New Mexico’s refugee mental health program, and has worked exclusively with refugees and survivors of political violence since 1998. Amber integrates somatic, movement, and creative arts therapies in her work. She developed restorative movement psychotherapy, a mindfulness-based somatic and creative arts therapeutic approach for refugees and survivors of torture, and co-developed Polyvagal-informed dance movement therapy for trauma. Amber is executive director of the Kint Institute.

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Carrie Gray

Carrie Gray, MA, LMFT, is a somatically oriented psychotherapist in private practice. She has degrees from the Wright Institute, CA Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), and Wesleyan University. Since 1999, Carrie has practiced Breema’s body-based approach to "Being Present" and has taught at a variety of venues, including Esalen Institute, Wright Institute, CIIS, Evergreen State College, and the international Science and Non-duality Conference. Trained in Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Psychotherapy as well as relational and psychodynamic psychotherapies, she teaches self-care workshops at the Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley, CA.

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Angela Guerriero

Angela Guerriero, MT-BC, is director of Tempo! Music Therapy Services in West Chester, PA and Nutley, NJ. Her primary research interests are school inclusion and collaboration.

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Maevon Gumble

Maevon Gumble, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist as well as a graduate assistant within the gender studies program at Slippery Rock University. They are currently pursuing their master's in music therapy at SRU, and their research interests include voicework, queering music therapy practice, and working with those who are gender diverse and/or have experienced abuse. Maevon is currently working on two forthcoming publications: Sitting Vulnerably: My Embodiment as a Music Therapist and Beyond the Binaries: Negotiating Gender and Sex in Music Therapy, the second of which is co-authored with Susan Hadley.

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Susan Hadley

Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC, is professor and director of music therapy at Slippery Rock University. Her books include Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist: Personal Narratives, Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy and Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Case Studies. Susan co-edited (with George Yancy) Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip Hop and Narrative Identities: Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews in a wide variety of scholarly journals and books in music therapy and related fields. Susan serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is co-editor-in-chief of the online journal, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

Craig Haen

Craig Haen, PhD, RDT, CGP, FAGPA, LCAT, is co-founder and training director of the post-master's certificate program in creative arts therapy and trauma at the Kint Institute. He has a private practice in White Plains, NY, and serves as faculty at New York University and in the expressive therapies doctoral program at Lesley University. Craig's most recent book is the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy.

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Erika Hamlett

Erika Hamlett, MA, is the founder of Creative Spark Art Therapy, a community and private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Her mission focuses on empowering individuals in a strengths-focused approach. Erika's work takes her into the community working primarily with older adults living and coping with a variety of issues including grief and loss, mood disorders, dementia, and life transitions. She also provides groups and workshops for adults, fellow professionals, staff, and educators and is increasingly collaborating with nearby universities focusing on eliminating stigma around mental illness. Erika graduated with her master's in art therapy at George Washington University in 2015.

Brian Harris

Brian T. Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, is a music psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. He holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies and is adjunct faculty at New York University and SUNY New Paltz, and core faculty of the Kint Institute’s creative arts therapy and trauma certificate program. Brian is past head of the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia where his work focused on children with post-war traumas. He has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked for 20 years with a diverse range of populations including, LGBT clients, trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer's.

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Lynn Hazard

Lynn M. Hazard, MSW, CAMS-II, LICSW-PIP, is a clinical social worker and owner of KIND Counseling and Community Services, LLC. She has worked with children, youth, and adult survivors of trauma, lived suicide experiences, victims of crimes, military veterans, and sexual/gender minorities. Lynn's use of expressive and creative arts began in her many years as an occupational therapist, early childhood and special education teacher, and three years as a manual skills blind rehabilitation specialist. She is also a certified anger management specialist with The International Association of Certified Anger Management Specialists and an equine-assisted mental health specialist.

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Stephanie Heidemann
Stephanie Heidemann, BA, Expressive Arts Therapy, Soprano, is an award-winning artist, and artist-in-residence. Stephanie is the Founder of The Authentic Voicework™ Institute, LLC. Heidemann achieved her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, and was mentored by Brenda Boozer (NY Metropolitan Opera). She was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 12 years. She performed nationally with "VIDA"(IMG-Artists) and has recorded on many CDs including Songs of Mary, (Sounds True, inc). Stephanie is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Provider (#451581-11).
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Rebecca Hervieux

Rebecca Hervieux, MPS, has a horticulture degree from Cornell University and has been living and working in Nicaragua for the last four years, developing sustainable projects in rural communities in areas of community health, education, gardens, and agriculture. One of her current projects is working with Arts Unchanged and Nino Feliz, a special needs school located in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua to design and develop 50% of the current outdoor space into a vegetable garden, play area, and sensory garden. Installation of phase one of these gardens began in January 2017 with an estimated completion date of June 2017.

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Bonnie Hirschhorn

Bonnie Hirschhorn, NCPsyA, ATR­‐BC, LCSW, LCAT, LP, has master's degrees in art therapy and creative development from Pratt and clinical social work from Wurtzweiler School of Social Work. She also graduated from The Institute for Expressive Analysis. Bonnie is licensed as an art therapist, psychoanalyst, and clinical social worker, and certified as an Imago relationship therapist, hypnotherapist, and yoga teacher. She developed a unique way of integrating nonverbal expressive modalities, such as art, movement, music, and drama, with verbal processing. Bonnie teaches at the New School for Social Research and has a private practice, specializing in eating problems, trauma, incest, and relationships.

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Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson, CST-T, LSW, is a clinical social worker and certified sandplay therapist/teacher with over 40 years of experience. She began her sandplay training in 1975 and became a teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America in 1991. Betty has presented nationally and internationally and authored several articles for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She currently serves on the Board for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and coordinates sandplay training in the Mid-Atlantic region. Betty works as a child and family therapist for an agency in northeast Maryland and maintains a private practice in Christiana, PA.

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Mindy Jacobson-Levy

Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, DVATA HLM, LPC, is a board certified, registered art psychotherapist, and licensed professional counselor specializing in treating trauma and eating disorders. She is in private practice (PA/NJ), and received the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association Honorary Life Member award (1996) and the Innovative Applications of Art Therapy Award (2015). Mindy supervises graduate art therapy students and professional art therapists. She has numerous publications including Finding Your Voice through Creativity: The Art and Journaling Workbook for Disordered Eating (2010), Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults (2005, 2011), and articles in Art Therapy.

Jason Jedrusiak

Jason Jedrusiak, CYT, has been leading Laughter Yoga in the Boston area since 2010, which he founded through his yoga training, improv, and therapeutic clowning. He’s spread the laughter to local organizations and institutions, including Harvard Univ. and NUPath, where he's laughed with people living with developmental and neurological disorders. Jason directs Laughing Matters, a nonprofit that brings laughter and improv comedy to retirement homes, homeless shelters, and places in need of the healing effects of laughter.

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Hannalore Jiménez-Alonso

Hannalore Jiménez-Alonso, ATR, LSB, is art-padagogue, art therapist, trainer, supervisor, MGT-Institute Vienna; founder and leader of art therapeutic studios in Viennese schools; lecturer, coordinator for volunteers (refugees), private practitioner; and chairwoman and founder of the Edith Kramer society in Vienna.

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR, is an art therapist and licensed psychologist with over 20 years' experience working in psychiatric and medical facilities. She is a psychologist at the Everett Clinic, where she provides therapy, psychological evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. Kathryn is medical director of psychosocial services at the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. An adjunct faculty member with Antioch Univ.-Seattle, she is a Diagnostic Drawing Series teaching associate, providing training and overseeing research.

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Jillien Kahn
Jillien Kahn MFT, MEd, is a marriage and family therapist, art therapist, and sex therapist/educator in Manhattan. She graduated from Loyola Marymount’s MFT art therapy program in 2013 and is currently attending Widener University’s PhD Human Sexuality Program. Jillien earned her MEd from Widener in 2016. She is currently practicing at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy within the gender and sexuality program (PCGS) and with Kelly Wise and Associates in Chelsea with individuals and couples.
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Daniele Kaplan

Daniele Kaplan, MPS, ATR-BC, ATCS, CCLS, LCAT, is a licensed and board-certified art therapist in NJ and NY. She studied art privately, took studio art classes at the School of Visual Arts, and earned a master's at Pratt Institute. Daniele currently provides art therapy for children who have experienced domestic violence and for children in early intervention, and teaches an undergraduate art therapy course. She is a certified child life specialist, certified TF-CBT therapist, and a Life is Good playmaker. Daniele has shown her art for the NY Art Therapy Association and The College of New Rochelle.

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Nayung Kim

Nayung Kim, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA, SEP, is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Professional Therapeutic Technology in Seoul Women’s University. She received her PhD in physical education with a focus on dance/movement therapy for intellectually disabled children. Nayung has conducted training, research, and supervision in DMT and trauma work with varied populations in Korea. She is president of the Korean Society of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy. Nayung's focuses on dance/movement therapy for children with special needs and trauma victims. She went to Nepal to lead DMT and supervision sessions for 2015 earthquake victims.

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Sunhee Kim

Sunhee K. Kim, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, is teaching graduate art therapy students at Seoul Women's Univ. in Korea as an assistant professor. She has worked in NYC for over 10 years as an art therapist since graduating from the NY University art therapy program. Sunhee completed her PhD in expressive therapies at Lesley University in 2010. She has given presentations in both Korea and the U.S., and her research has been published in professional journals, including The Arts in Psychotherapy and The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. Sunhee is an editorial board member of The Arts in Psychotherapy journal.

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Annie King

Annie King, ATR-BC, is a licensed board-certified art therapist. Her humanitarian approach to art therapy is eclectic, intuitive, and person-centered. Annie has experience working with diverse populations and specializes in refugee mental health. She has worked with Native American children and families, facilitated art therapy groups for Palestinian and Israeli youth peace programs, and served as the artistic director for Art Seva, a program focused on providing culturally sensitive art therapy to orphans in India and Native American children in the U.S. Annie is the co-owner of the La Luz Provider Agency.

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Neal King

Neal King, LCSW, has a master's in social work (1986) and is a licensed clinical social worker with training in clinical hypnotherapy, sandtray therapy for children, and EMDR. He cofounded a theater group, and wrote/performed for sketch comedy and improv groups. Neal is founder of King Motivates, LLC, where he developed programs including weight loss, stress management, and smoke cessation. He incorporated comedy improv into his practice to treat social anxiety disorder, finding that group cohesiveness and gentle improv direction by the facilitator assists clients to feel at ease in what usually would be highly anxiety-provoking situations.

Mary Knysh

Mary E. Knysh, is founder of Rhythmic Connections, advancing education, health, and creative development through music improvisation. She is a workshop facilitator and trainer; creativity, leadership, and communications consultant; professional musician; and author. Mary presents at conferences around the world. An international teacher/trainer with Music for People, she is also an Orff Schulwerk clinician and teaching artist for the PA Council of the Arts, Young Audiences of NJ, and NY BOCES.

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Scott Koenigsburg

Scott R. Koenigsberg, LPC, is an experienced mental health clinician with more than 26 years of practice in the mental health field, including inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, home-based, and residential settings. For the past 12 years, he has led daily groups with a self-harming population, including a weekly experiential group, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to help them learn to identify and accept their powerful emotions, in an effort to reduce or eliminate their self-harming behavior.

Peggy Kolodny

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, earned her master’s in art therapy from GWU in 1982. Specializing in trauma-focused art therapy in private practice, she is adjunct faculty for the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the workshop faculties of the Ferentz Institute trauma certificate program and Chesapeake Professional Seminars. Past positions include vice president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children, chairperson of the Central Maryland Sexual Abuse Treatment Task Force, and president of the Maryland Art Therapy Association. Past faculties include Goucher College and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Maria Kratsios

Maria Kratsios, MIA, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC, specializing in recovery from trauma and addiction. While at Freedom Institute’s outpatient substance abuse program 2008-2015, she was a DBT consultation team member and adapted expressive therapy techniques to DBT skills training for clients in early recovery. Maria facilitates an ongoing weekly psychodrama group for adults in recovery from sexual and relational trauma, and regularly conducts experiential therapeutic and clinical training workshops in the areas of trauma, addiction, relationships, and spirituality.

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Jennie Kristel

Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT, is a registered expressive arts therapist in private practice working with adults with disabilities and trauma. She is an adjunct professor and is an international trainer, having worked in Southeast Asia since 2003 teaching expressive arts therapy and Playback Theatre to local NGOs and universities. Jennie co-authored and co-edited the book, Using Art Therapy in Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultures and Abilities, and "Stories that need to be told," a chapter about using Playback Theatre for healing loss and grief in Using the Creative Arts Therapies to Cope with Loss and Grief.

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Heidi Landis

Heidi Landis, RDT-BCT, CGP, TEP, LCAT, is the associate executive director of the clinical and training program at Creative Alternatives of New York, where she runs trauma-informed drama therapy groups with many populations, including refugee teens, adults on the autistic spectrum, and at-risk youth. She is an adjunct professor at Lesley University, Concordia University, and the College of New Rochelle. Heidi is in private practice in NYC and has presented workshops nationally and internationally. Her work with refugee women has been published in the book Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy .

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Peter Lazar

Peter Lazar, LCSW, has been involved in the mental health/substance abuse treatment field since 1988. He earned a bachelor's in psychology at SUNY New Paltz, and a master's in social work at Fordham University. Peter worked as a counselor at Hall-Brooke and Silver Hill Hospitals and as a therapist at Corporate Counseling Associates. Along with a private practice, he was an adjunct professor of psychology at Sacred Heart University and lecturer at Adelphi and Boston Universities. Peter has served as a clinical outreach representative with Alina Lodge and Elements Behavioral Health. He serves at Freedom Institute as senior director, Strategic Development.

Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna

Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S, is a licensed child psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and adjunct faculty at several universities, where she teaches and serves as a supervisor. She is a certified TF-CBT therapist, and is completing EMDR certification. Jennifer has over 15 years' experience with trauma, attachment, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also a Reiki Master and a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor.

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Carolyn Licht

Carolyn Licht, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a staff member of the DBT consultation team at Freedom Institute, an outpatient addiction treatment facility in NYC. She has worked in the field of HIV, addiction, and trauma, offering care to culturally diverse populations. Carolyn's therapeutic approach is informed by her prior career as a professional ballet dancer combined with her training in DBT, CBT, mindfulness-based interventions, psychodrama, family systems, and harm reduction modalities. She utilizes an integrative strength-based therapeutic approach that emphasizes the mind-body-spirit connection and fosters healing and change through self-awareness and acceptance.

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Evie Lindemann

Evie Lindemann, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT, is an associate professor in the art therapy program at Albertus College. She also teaches bioethics at Yale in the Summer Institute. Course content includes the experiences associated with death and dying, end-of-life care, and children's issues. Deeply influenced by the teachings of Meher Baba, she has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Israel, and India. Evie is also a printmaking artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Kristin Long

Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP, is a drama therapist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. As a graduate of the Institute for Expressive Analysis in 2010, she currently serves on the board as public relations chair. Kristin also teaches and supervises at the postgraduate Institute. She has taught expressive therapy with children at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Kristin completed EMDR training through the Parnell Institute and has a specific interest in the transmission of intergenerational trauma.

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Judith Luongo

Judith Luongo, ATR, MPS, LCAT, LP, has a private practice in Brooklyn as a psychotherapist and is licensed as both an art therapist and a psychoanalyst, after having completed her master's from Pratt Institute and graduating from the adult psychoanalytic training program of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has been teaching her students at Pratt in creative arts therapy since 1980, where she is currently an associate professor. Judith is a working artist affiliated with BWAC in Red Hook Brooklyn and an aspiring writer.

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John Lutz

John Lutz, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, has a master's in creative arts therapy from Hahnemann University, and a bachelor's with a concentration in creative arts therapy from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has 30 years’ experience with inpatient and outpatient settings, with several populations, including chronically mentally ill, adolescents, LGBTQ, and the elderly. John is a licensed counselor in PA, registered and board-certified with the American Art Therapy Association. He works in outpatient group therapy with the elderly. John uses both visual and verbal techniques in his practice, working with HIV/AIDS, grief/loss, body image, self-esteem, and acceptance.

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Briana MacWilliam

Briana MacWilliam, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is the sole proprietor for CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline, a continuing education platform for creative arts therapists. For over 10 years she has worked most intimately with traumatized women, and has been the director of the creative arts therapies programs for Hartley House and Housing Works, Inc. Briana also spent four years as a research coordinator for the executive team at the Amen Clinics Inc., an agency focused on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. She is currently an adjunct instructor for Pratt Institute, a published author, and certified Reiki practitioner.

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Daphna Markman-Zinemanas

Daphna Markman-Zinemanas, PhD, ATR, has been an art therapist for 30 years, and is also an artist. Currently she is a lecturer in the school of art therapy at The Kibbutzim College and at Haifa University. Daphna maintains a private practice where she specializes in parent-child art psychotherapy, treatment of PTSD, and supervision. In 2013, her book When the Implicit Becomes Explicit – Art Psychotherapy was published in Hebrew. She is also the author of Visual Symbol Formation - Implications for Art Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors – A Case Study.

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Andy Matzner

Andy Matzner, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College and Hollins University. Andy is the author of several books, including Recovery from Addictions and Compulsive Behavior: A Journaling-Based Guide to Becoming your Best Self and Having a Life Worth Living, Everyone has a Story: Using the Hero’s Journey and Narrative Therapy to Reframe the Struggle of Mental Illness, and The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards.

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Salicia Mazero

Salicia Mazero, MA, ATR, LPC, received a bachelor's in art and psychology from Millersville Univ. and a master's in art therapy from Drexel Univ. She has treated eating disorders, trauma, dissociation, self-injury, anxiety, and depression. Salicia is trained in Internal Family Systems and EMDR. Her treatment approach is a combination of attachment-based theories, trauma focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Salicia is currently an art therapist and therapist at McCallum Place for Eating Disorders and is in private practice in St. Louis, MO.

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Barbara McKechnie

Barbara McKechnie, MA, RDT/BCT, CP, PAT, LPC, LCAT, is a drama therapist and psychodramatist who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults on both inpatient and partial hospital settings. She is past president of NADTA and NJACC and faculty member at New School University in NYC. Barbara is co-author of “No Time to Say Hello Good-bye (Disney, W.): Drama Therapy with Children on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit” in The Use of Creative Arts Therapy with Survivors of Domestic Violence. She currently works as a consultant, psychodrama trainer, and in private practice in NY and NJ. Barbara is also on the NJ Taskforce for Licensure of DT and DMT.

Anne Meore

Anne Meore, HTR, LMSW, is a licensed social worker and registered horticultural therapist. She has certificates in horticultural therapy (NY Botanical Garden) and in permaculture design (OSU). Anne holds a bachelor's in psychology/elementary education (Bethany), a master's in school guidance counseling (NYU), and a master's in social work (Fordham). She is the garden projects coordinator at Bon Secours Charity Health System, an instructor at NYBG’s Edible Academy, faculty member in NYBG’s HT certificate program, and adjunct faculty at Manhattanville College. Anne is owner of Planthropy, LLC, and serves as vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network.

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Carol Merle-Fishman

Carol Merle-Fishman, MA, FAMI, CMT, LCAT, LMHC, is in private practice in Cortlandt Manor, NY, where she works with individuals, groups, couples/families, and also offers clinical supervision/training and workshops. She is certified in integrative psychotherapy, clinical transactional analysis, and music therapy. Carol is a certified trainer/supervisor for the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association, co-editor of the International Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, and on the faculty of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, Vancouver, BC. She is also a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery.

Einat Metzl

Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, RYT, LMFT, is a licensed marital and family therapist and a registered art therapist. She is a therapist in private practice and an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University’s graduate marital family therapy/art therapy program. Einat’s first book, Where Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy, informs therapists from both disciplines about the rich possibilities in theoretical and practical integration.

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Melissa Meyer

Melissa Meyer, ATR, LMHC, is an art therapist practicing in Providence, RI. She works at a psychiatric hospital as a program therapist in a CBT-based partial hospitalization program, where she has implemented a weekly open art studio. Melissa also has a private art therapy practice in Providence, where she provides both art and talk therapy for clients of all ages.

Emery Mikel

Emery Mikel, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCPAT, is founder and director of Water and Stone, a creative arts therapy PLLC in Brooklyn, where her focus is on working with adults, seniors, and caregivers. She mentors other arts therapists, supervises interns, and authored The Art of Business: A Guide for Creative Arts Therapists Starting on a Path to Self-Employment. Emery guest lectures at GWU, Nazareth College, and runs CE workshops for professionals. She received her master's in transpersonal counseling psychology: art therapy from Naropa University.

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Julie Miller

Julie Miller, BC-DMT, LCSW, LCAT, , is currently chair of the creative arts therapy program at Pratt Institute and in private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Former co-director of the New York Center for Authentic Movement, she has studied, practiced, and taught dance/movement therapy and authentic movement nationally and internationally for the past 30 years.

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Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, LMFT, has a master's in counseling psychology from JFK University, with a specialization in expressive arts therapy. She is a certified trauma specialist and utilizes the trauma-informed approach in multiple work settings, including her private practice. Lisa has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes for the University of Phoenix for the past three years. She is a clinical program manager for a local non-profit agency focusing on providing community-based mental health services for "at risk" youth and families.

Anne Mills

Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT, director of the Diagnostic Drawing Series Archive, owner of Art Therapy Services. In private practice for 25+ years, specializations include the treatment of survivors of severe early trauma who are highly dissociative. Anne provides resiliency-focused treatment for adolescents and adults who have experienced difficult transitions such as illness, bereavement, and loss of culture (refugees, international students). She was art therapy director at GWU, and has published on assessment and trauma treatment.

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Edna Miron-Wapner

Edna Miron-Wapner, MA, CAGS, has a master's in education (Univ. of Toronto), and certification in expressive arts therapy (European Grad School, Switzerland). A Jerusalem artist with specialties in printmaking and Sumi-e painting, she has exhibited her work over the past 40 years in the U.S., Israel, Europe, Russia, and Japan. An expressive arts therapist/educator, Edna created "Expressive Kavannah,” a spiritual intermodal model to explore identity through the arts, founding two studios, a children's multimodal center, and an adult expressive arts center. She has been artist-in-residence and therapist/educator at institutes, schools, and communities in the U.S., Israel, and Great Britain.

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Vicki Muir
Vicki. L. Muir, MSW, LCSW, has 38 years of experience in the field of Social Work. With a background in art and behavioral sciences, she has integrated the use of expressive arts into her practice in multiple settings over the years with high risk diverse populations.  She began studying the work of Lucia Capacchione in the 1980’s and subsequently became certified in Creative Journal Expressive Arts and Visioning®.  Vicki is also trained in Health Rhythms drumming.  She is currently working at Mercy Colletta Cancer Center in Oklahoma City as the Oncology Social Worker where she has developed the expressive arts program for patients and other affected by cancer.  She is the owner of Inner Circle and provides retreats, as well as group and individual work.
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Marsha Nelson

Marsha Nelson, PhD, CJEA, co-founded the Creative Journal Expressive Arts certification training program in 1997 (with Lucia Capacchione), which has graduates in 19 countries. She serves as the training supervisor, working with each trainee for an entire year prior to certification. For 10 years Marsha owned and operated El Rocio Retreat in Mission, TX, which was home to the CJEA training. She is the executive director of Project Insight, a non-profit that offers weekly cancer survivor and caregiver workshops, where she uses the Creative Journal for the Cancer Survivor (co-author, Lucia Capacchione).

Alexandrea Newell

Alexandrea Newell, MS-AT, works at Rogers Memorial Hospital, where she provides multimodal creative arts therapy. She has a master's in art therapy from Mount Mary University. Alexandrea's research focuses on advancing eco-art therapy, an emerging paradigm of practice utilizing eco-psychology with the arts to facilitate healing. She has presented in Nicaragua, the U.S., and Croatia, with an emphasis on its use in recovery from war-related and intergenerational trauma. Alexandrea is a contributing author for the first art therapy textbook in the Croatian language.

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Melissa Nilles

Melissa Lee Nilles, MA, is a musician and expressive arts therapist practicing outpatient therapy in Boston. A 2015 graduate of Lesley University's expressive therapies master's program, she has shared in her clinical practice a marked interest in songwriting with adults and adolescents with mood and substance use disorders. Melissa also performs in Boston and New York as a vocalist, keyboardist, and co-founder of alternative rock band Miele.

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Emily Nolan

Emily Nolan, DAT, ATRL-BC, LPC, is an assistant professor at Mount Mary University, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed art psychotherapist at Bloom: Center for Art and Integrated Therapies, LLC, a studio art therapy practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher training credential.

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Paula Ochs
Paula Ochs LCSW, CP, PAT, is a well-seasoned family therapist, supervisor, and psychodramatist with over 20 years of experience. Paula has trained extensively at the Psychodrama & Creative Arts Therapy Institute, NYC, and became a CP and PAT in 2015 with an eye toward becoming a TEP in 2018. Paula is a graduate of the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s extern program (2001). She is the founder/ director of Chrysalis Clinical Supervision which specializes in the professional development of psychotherapists, “Family Therapy in Action” and “Supervision in Action.” She has taught family therapy at the graduate and institute level, and has organized and participated in a number of workshops and conferences on various topics including treating children without medication. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU.
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Deniz Oktay

Deniz Oktay, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, earned her master's in dance/movement therapy from Pratt Institute. She is currently a supervisor in the child/adolescent service at Bellevue Hospital Center, and previously worked on the forensic service at Bellevue. Deniz has over 13 years of experience in the field as a dance/movement therapist and her postgraduate studies include training by the NY Studies for Authentic Movement, as well as completion of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society's program for group studies.

Scott Palyo

Scott Palyo, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Greenwich Village. He is an assistant professor at NY Medical College and a clinical instructor at Langone NYU School of Medicine. Scott is also the medical director at Safe Horizon Counseling Center, the only facility in New York focusing on the treatment of victims of crimes. He attended Emory University and University of Texas, and completed his residencies at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Scott completed a congressional fellowship working with Senator Debbie Stabenow and is involved with multiple medical associations.

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Adele Paxton

Adele Paxton, MS, PPRNCM, LPC, is a professional vocal artist and therapist. Her combination of study, performing experience, and specialized therapeutic training in Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Vocal Psychotherapy, allow her to address all aspects of voice. Adele has taught holistic voicework on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University since 1998. Her therapy practice is rehabilitative, creative, and person-centered. Adele's clients include those with dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and she leads song-based groups with seniors at all levels of functioning. She has presented at many conferences.

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Gregory Perkins

Gregory S. Perkins currently works as a board-certified music therapist at Tempo! Music Therapy Services in Nutley, NJ and is trained in developmental models in autism intervention and the DIRFloortime model.

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Bethany Perryman

Bethany Perryman is a nationally-renowned recovery advocate, who is in long-term recovery from addiction herself. She works at the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington, DC, and with many other individuals and groups on advancing the national conversation on evidence- and clinically-based treatment.

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Michelle Pliske

Michelle M. Pliske, MSW, RPT-S, LCSW, is the founder of Firefly Counseling Services, a clinic designed to meet the needs of children through expressive therapies. She is an assistant professor of social work and policy and holds graduate certificates in EMDR, animal assisted therapy, trauma informed care, adoption/foster care, and children’s yoga.

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Angela Porter

Angela Porter, MA, CATC, CMT, LMFT, is an addiction treatment specialist, trained in Gestalt, body-centered, and somatic therapy at Esalen Institute. Former program director at New Bridge Foundation, a residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley, she incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into her work with veterans, formerly incarcerated, and clients with co-occurring mental health issues. Angela is currently a group facilitator at Bayside Marin, and maintains a consultation practice. A certified instructor since 1998, She teaches workshops internationally for therapists and other healing professionals.

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Jordan Potash

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPCAT, LCAT, is a registered, board-certified/licensed art therapist and a registered expressive arts therapist. He has worked with clients of all ages in the U.S. and Hong Kong. While living in Hong Kong for eight years, Jordan co-founded the master's of expressive arts therapy at the University of Hong Kong, the first degree of its kind in Asia. He taught workshops in China, Thailand, Korea, and Israel. Jordan is interested in the applications of art and art therapy in community development and social change, with an emphasis on reducing stigma, confronting discrimination, and promoting cross-cultural relationships.

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Mitchell Rabin

Mitchell J. Rabin, MA, LAC, is a diplomate in traditional Chinese acupuncture. His private practice is holistic, working with couples and families, since 1980. Mitchell has a bachelor's in counseling psychology (Bard College), and studied NLP and Ericksonian hypnotherapy with Richard Bandler and Robert Dilts. Over the years, he has integrated sex therapy, issues around intimacy, quantum physics, neuropsychology, mediation, conflict resolution, empowerment, meditation, and Qi-Gong into his work. Mitchell also offers energy medicine/biofeedback for stress reduction in his practice. He has taught workshops both nationally and internationally.

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Laura Raffa

Laura Raffa, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, has a master’s in dance/movement therapy, and is a licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified dance/movement therapist. She is certified in group psychotherapy and authentic movement. Laura has worked at both Bellevue Hospital Center and Rikers Island Jail, and currently coordinates a program that bridges the two facilities to provide sustained mental healthcare. She conducts crisis intervention trainings for the Rikers department of corrections and mental health staff. Laura has worked with civilian inpatient adults as well as children with cancer and with developmental disabilities. She has a private practice and lectured at several colleges.

Kelvin Ramirez

Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist with years of experience incorporating art therapy within educational systems to enhance students' personal and academic growth. He has worked internationally, collaborating with educators and art therapists in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and India. Kelvin is on the Board of FNE International, a non-profit that promotes education and sustainable community development projects in Nicaragua and Peru. Most recently, he joined the faculty at Lesley University and has written a chapter in Christine Kerr's Multicultural Family Art Therapy on identity formation and cultural isolation.

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Kristy Rapp

Kristy Rapp, LMHC, specializes in working with children and their families and helping to navigate the mental health system. She received her master’s in expressive therapies from Lesley University (2007). Kristy has worked in residential and acute care settings, as well as managed care, and is an adjunct professor at Lesley University. She currently works as an enhanced care coordinator for a managed care company. Kristy currently works to collaborate with families/guardians, state agencies, and providers to work with youth in a psychiatric hospital that are in need of placement through a state agency.

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Daniel Reinstein

Daniel Reinstein, PhD, has a doctorate in psychology and neurosciences (Binghamton). He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Center for Brain Research and a Harvard fellow in clinical neuropsychology. Daniel is the clinical director and director of research at The Community Therapeutic Day School. His books include To Hold and be Held: The Therapeutic School as a Holding Environment and Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations: Assessing and Helping the Whole Child, co-authored by Dawn Burau. Their next book: Applying the Results of Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments: A Manual for Teachers and Specialists.

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Sherry Reiter

Sherry Reiter, PhD, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT, LCSW, is the director of the Creative Righting Center, a program training helping professionals to utilize expressive writing for healing and personal growth. She is a pioneer in the field of poetry therapy. Sherry has won numerous awards for her work with marginal populations, as well as the Teacher of the Year award for Touro College in 2009. Her work is represented in Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping through Transformative Writing.

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Allison Reynolds

Allison Reynolds, MT-BC, LCSW, LCAT, is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 12 years of experience. A graduate of NYU, Allison has completed training in vocal psychotherapy and depth psychology and is presently in teacher’s training for vocal psychotherapy. Her private practice consists of psychotherapy/music psychotherapy with adults and older adults in NYC, as well as with adults living with HIV/AIDS at a day treatment center in Harlem. Allison has worked with addictions, mental health, trauma, and other medical diagnoses, including dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, and cancer.

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Maggie Ritnour

Maggie M. Ritnour, ATR-BC, LMHC, LCAT, is a primary therapist at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center in Manhattan. She is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed creative arts therapist. Maggie received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and her master's in psychology from Antioch University Seattle. She has used art as therapy with clients in hospital settings since 2000. Maggie is committed to the Health At Every Size philosophy, and incorporates her knowledge of body movement with her therapeutic understanding of people.

Arthur Robbins

Arthur Robbins, EdD, ATR, HLM, is a licensed psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. He has been in the mental health field for over 50 years. Arthur is the founder of the Institute of Expressive Analysis, the co-founder of the Pratt Institute art therapy program, and is now professor emeritus of creative art therapy at Pratt. He is author of seven books, numerous articles, and has given a variety of presentations, both as keynote speaker and workshop leader.

Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross, CJT, LPC, has had a psychotherapy practice in Northern Virginia for 20 years. She studied neuroscience at the Mindsight Institute with Dan Siegel. Deborah recognizes the healing power of expressive writing and believes that this practice can change the way our brains work so that we experience a deeper sense of well-being and greater resilience. She is credentialed as a certified journal therapist through the Therapeutic Writing Institute. Deborah offers journaling instruction through workshops and private consultation.

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Kara Rothschild

Kara Rothschild, MS, ATR-BC, is a therapist in a partial hospital program located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she works with adult men with problem sexual behaviors. She previously worked in two separate PROS programs in NY. Kara's work as an art therapist has mostly focused on working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, in addition to intellectual disabilities and co-occurring substance use.

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Judith Rubin

Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and pioneer art therapist, was the Art Lady on the TV series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in the 1960s. A past president of the AATA and the author of seven books, Judy is on the faculties of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pittsburgh and of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. She is an award-winning filmmaker, and in 2006 was nominated for the National Medal in the Arts. Co-founder of Expressive Media, Judy recently completed a film on the influence of psychoanalysis in the work of Fred Rogers, "Lessons from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Currently, she is developing an online art therapy training film library.

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Nisha Sajnani

Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, is the incoming director of the NYU drama therapy program and the principal editor of Drama Therapy Review. She is a visiting professor with the Harvard program in refugee trauma, and a research associate with the CAT Research Unit at the Univ. of Melbourne and KenVak. Nisha focuses on intersectional feminism, arts-based research (improvisation and ethnodrama), aesthetic presence in online education, experiential approaches to teaching trauma-informed care, cultural responsibility in the arts therapies, racial justice movements in higher education, and the role of the arts in global mental health (secondary traumatic stress amongst care providers).

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Dina Schapiro

Dina Schapiro, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, has a master's in creative arts therapy from Pratt. She worked at Housing Works as the art therapy director, integrating horticulture therapy with the creative arts therapies. Dina specialized in eating disorders and addictions in her private practice. She taught in the Pratt art therapy program and the New School creative arts therapy certificate program. Dina became the assistant chair and director of the creative art therapy program at Pratt. She has taught, lectured, and published on the topic of environmental art therapy. In 2014, Dina and her partner started an artists’ residency program in Vermont, the Marble House Project.

Nancy Scherlong

Nancy S. Scherlong, MS, PTR, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, a registered poetry/biblio therapist, and a mentor supervisor credentialed by the International Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy. A health/wellness coach and holistic psychotherapist, she specializes in stress management, trauma, and addictions. Nancy has studied and used psychodrama since 1992, and has worked in the field of therapeutic writing for over 20 years, using both journal and poetry. She serves on the faculty of Adelphi University and the Therapeutic Writing Institute.

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Ingrid Schirrholz

Ingrid Schirrholz, Dipl-Psych, MA, TEP, has a diploma in psychology from the University of Hamburg/Germany and her master's in expressive therapies from Lesley. In 1991, she became a certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama. Ingrid worked in various in- and outpatient settings, leading psychodrama groups for psychiatric, eating disorder, and substance abuse patients and developing group treatment programs for ACOAs and trauma survivors. She taught group dynamics at William Paterson Univ. and led support groups for women facing domestic violence. Ingrid also trained spiritual counselors through the Pathwork, a psycho-spiritual transformation program.

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Rosalie Skakum

Rosalie Justine Skakum, ATR-BC, RYT-500, has over 10 years of experience as a registered, board-certified art therapist. She earned her master's in art therapy from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU and has worked with children and adolescents. Rosalie is certified to practice as a mandala facilitator under Judith Cornell, author of Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing. She has earned her certification as a registered yoga teacher and continues to explore ways to integrate both the practices of art therapy and yoga together.

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Nancy Sondag

Nancy Sondag, MA, RDT/BCT, CDP, CADDCT, LCAT, has over 20 years’ experience devising and facilitating programs for wellness, leadership, and growth. She has instructed therapists, actors, teachers, counselors, and trainers in the use of creative arts for healing and learning and coached writers, artists, and other professionals in maximizing their creativity in their work. Nancy teaches a summer sociodrama intensive at Kansas State University and has facilitated workshops for colleges, community groups, The Actors Fund, NADTA national and regional conferences, and other professional organizations.

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Shanee Stepakoff

Shanee Stepakoff, PhD, MFA, PTR, clinical psychologist and registered poetry therapist, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington. She is core faculty with the Kint Institute and adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Shanee is a 1996 graduate of the two-year training program in biblio/poetry therapy at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, holds a mentor/supervisor credential from the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

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Sharon Strouse

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist with 30 years' experience with adults in group and individual settings. A year after her 17-year old daughter Kristin ended her own life, she immersed herself in the creative process of collage, which became the foundation for her book, Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing. Additional published works in Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Thompson and Neimeyer’s Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning. Sharon leads national workshops and art therapy circles for survivors of loss.

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Dan Summer
Dan Summer ATR-LCAT, has been working as a clinician for 20 years with a diverse group of populations.  Currently he works as a therapist at Montefiore Medical center in an outpatient setting with children and adolescents.  Aside from being trained as an art therapist, Dan graduated from the Institute for Arts in Psychotherapy- Developmental Transformations  Institute.  He has had a small private practice using art therapy and developmental transformations with youth and adults.  Dan is a PhD candidate in Expressive therapies  at Lesley University. His pilot and dissertation research is on the use of therapeutic theatre with adolescents, examining mental illness stigma and resilience. At Touro College, Dan has taught undergraduate art therapy courses, and is hoping that the current undergraduate minor can continue to grow.  He has published chapters in two books on his work with at-risk youth engaging in a mural project, and on his approach engaging others in development transformations.  Other interests include arts-based research, arts for social justice, therapeutic theatre/performance studies.
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Judy Swallow

Judy Swallow, MA, CRS, TEP, LCAT, is co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute in Highland, NY. She is a founding member of Playback Theatre, now practiced worldwide. Judy is co-director of Community Playback Theatre, now in its 31st year, and performing monthly on the historic Moreno Stage. She does trainings in action methods and also has a private practice in New Paltz, NY.

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Andrea Szucs

Andrea Szucs, RDT, SIFI, LMSW, is registered drama therapist and licensed social worker. She is a graduate of Fordham University GSSS, the NADTA's alternative track training program, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Andrea holds a NY certificate of applied positive psychology. She works with individuals with cognitive and psychiatric disabilities, building on positive interactive behavioral therapy, using tools of drama therapy, positive psychology, and improvisational theater. Andrea is also working as a corporate trainer and professional actor (as Andrea Sooch).

Laura Teoli

Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC, is a doctoral student at Lesley, exploring therapeutic presence and art making in group art therapy. She is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Saint Mary of the Woods College. Laura worked for over nine years as a group art therapist in psychiatric settings, helping clients to rediscover their strength and resilience as they overcome the challenge of a mental health diagnosis. Her work focuses on holistic care and finding balance, helping clients struggling with eating disorders, and creating authentic relationships with the self and others.

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Faith Condon Thayer

Faith Condon Thayer, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT, is a registered and board-certified art therapist and ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders) approved training leader and DIR® Floortime™ provider. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed creative arts therapist. Faith is the director of mental health and DIR® Floortime™ at the Imagine Academy for Autism in Brooklyn. She is an assistant professor at Daemen Collage TTI.

Dan Tomasulo

Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP, is an internationally renowned speaker and expert on positive psychology. He created and teaches positive psychology in the counseling and clinical psychology program at Columbia University, Teachers College, and works with Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, in the master's of applied positive psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dan is also the director of the NY certification in applied positive psychology for the Open Center in NYC.

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Megan Torres

Megan Torres, MAAT, LPC, is a counselor in Houston, TX, who works with those in treatment for addiction in both group and individual settings. She also has training and experience counseling inmates, the LGBTQIA community, and has provided extensive art and play therapy to homeless and under-privileged children in the Houston area.

Suzi Tortora

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC, has a doctorate from Columbia and serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the dept. of psychiatry, Columbia University. She has a dance/movement practice. Suzi designed the Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream DMT program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and has been the senior dance therapist there since 2003. She has published many papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue, is used in DMT training programs. Suzi holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network. She teaches and provides trainings in her Ways of Seeing method nationally and internationally.

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Matthew Tousignant

Matthew Tousignant, MA, received his bachelor's in fine arts from Harvard and his master's in somatic psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a certified Breema instructor and practitioner. Matthew's body-centered therapeutic work combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology, grounded in principles of homeopathy, to connect others to their unique potential as human beings. He has taught Breema nationally since 2004, and has an active private practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Suzanne Tribe
Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, is a full time music therapist at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center with a holistic approach and experience interacting with interdisciplinary teams. Suzanne integrates therapeutic evidence based protocols in her work and presents at conferences on the beneficial effects of music therapy for adults and children in medical and non-medical settings. As a REMO HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator Suzanne conducts group empowerment drumming events for wellbeing and community-building in the U.S. and Argentina.
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Lyla Tyler

Lyla Tyler, RPT-S, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered play therapy supervisor. She has specialized in treating children, teens, and families in her Sacramento, CA private practice. Lyla is also a Nurtured Heart Approach® advanced trainer. She is trained in experiential play therapy, art therapy, EMDR, Trauma Resiliency Model® and Theraplay®. For over 30 years, Lyla has worked in the children’s mental health field and has provided training throughout CA and internationally.

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Tammi Van Hollander

Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW,is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker and play advocate. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. Tammi specializes in sand tray play therapy, sensory integration and attachment, working with children, families, and adults of all ages. She is trained in level one EMDR and is a Nurtured Heart Approach® certified trainer where she provides coaching to parents, teachers and other professionals.

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Catherine Ventura
As an artist, art therapist and art educator, originally from the Midwestern United States, Catherine Ventura has lived nearly half her adult life teaching and learning abroad, primarily in Asia and Europe. With a BA in Visual Arts, an MA in education and an MSAT, she currently runs an art therapy studio in Kailua, Hawaii where she leads art therapy groups and conducts individual art therapy sessions. She also designs and runs art therapy retreats in Hawaii and in Wisconsin at The Loon's Call Art Retreat Center.
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Sarah Vollmann

Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified art therapist. She earned her master's in art therapy from Pratt Institute and her master's in social work from Columbia University. Sarah works with adolescents in a high school setting and with bereaved patients in her private practice. Her 20 years of experience have spanned a variety of settings, including a pediatric medical hospital, a residential treatment facility, and a mental health clinic. Sarah worked with 9/11 families, has published on grief and loss, and has presented on art therapy, grief, and bereavement.

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Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Walker, MA, graduated from Goddard College with a master's in mental health counseling, and a concentration in expressive art therapy. She currently works in Freeport, Maine at Many Moons Psychotherapy, a private practice specializing in expressive art therapy.

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Jude Webster
Jude Webster, DSW, MA, LCSW, has been a family therapist for twenty-five years. As a trained movement therapist she pays close attention to the relationship between mind and body in her work. Jude has a private practice in Montclair, NJ where she specializes in women’s reproductive health and clinical supervision. Currently she co-runs a clinical supervision group for social workers training for their clinical license. She teaches at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and frequently presents her work at conferences around the country.
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Britton Williams

Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a registered drama therapist, licensed creative arts therapist, and psychoanalytic candidate. She currently works in private practice in NYC and in acute care with adults and adolescents. Britton has published and presented on: the impact of assumptions, biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships, and communities; creative and embodied approaches to clinicians’ self-assessment; and developing a relational-role theory framework and protocol.

Robert Irwin Wolf

Robert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT, trained in fine art and art therapy at Pratt Institute. He went on for psychoanalytic training at the Nat'l Psych Association for Psychoanalysis, where he's currently a training analyst and faculty member. Robert is art therapy faculty at The College of New Rochelle and Pratt Institute. He is president of the Institute for Expressive Analysis. Robert has written on many topics, including a chapter on the therapeutic uses of photography in play therapy in Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

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Laura L. Wood

Laura L. Wood, PhD, RDT/BCT, CCLS, LMHC, has her doctorate in counseling (Univ. of MO-St. Louis) and is a licensed counselor and registered drama therapist/board-certified trainer. Her dissertation, "The Use of Therapeutic Theater in Supporting Clients in Eating Disorder Recovery After Intensive Treatment: A Qualitative Study," examined the use of counseling and therapeutic theater to help clients in their first year of recovery from an eating disorder. Laura has her master's in DMT from NYU and is the president-elect of the NADTA. Other research: trauma and dissociation, attachment, and grief/loss. She is the practicum and internship coordinator for the CMHC program at Molloy.

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Yejin Yoo

Yejin Yoo, MFA, MPS, LCAT-LP, utilizes art as a ground for manifesting birthright of creativity, and Reiki to promote natural flow of life force. As a Reiki master practitioner, she is a co-creator and a co-facilitator for Reiki and Art Healing Circle, a support group in Womankind, NY for individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking. Yejin facilitates group art therapy sessions for adults living with HIV, and has worked in community and school settings as well as in psychiatric units. She received her master's in art therapy at the School of Visual Arts, NY.

Elizabeth Youngs

Elizabeth Youngs, ATR-BC, works as a creative arts therapist on three inpatient psychiatry units at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. She facilitates groups and individual sessions for adolescents living in their residential unit part-time. Elizabeth is one of the founding members and part of the clinical team for Arts Unchained, a sub-committee of FNE International, an organization that collaboratively develops and implements creative arts therapy experiences for communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. She is the sites logistical coordinator of the Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC.

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Xiao Yu

Xiao Yu, MS, NCC, graduated from Syracuse University with a master's in mental health counseling, and received training in dialectical behavioral therapy. She provides comprehensive counseling and advocacy services to survivors of diverse cultural backgrounds who have experienced child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse. Xiao combines a variety of healing modalities and co-founded Reiki and Art Healing Space. She is a strong voice for the Asian community advocating in the criminal justice system.