Starbright Training Institute
and the
Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education

Starbright Training Institute provides training for mental health and other child-serving professionals. Starbright is committed to experiential learning in small group formats—twenty participants is full capacity! The training programs focus on the use of expressive arts (sand, play, art therapy) in the treatment of childhood trauma. Visit www.elianagil.com.

Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education is a group private practice of mental health professionals with a focused interest and expertise in treatment of trauma in children and their families. Dr. Eliana Gil is one of the founding partners, along with Dr. Jennifer Shaw and Myriam Goldin, LCSW. These three like-minded treatment providers have set a standard of excellence in provision of community education and clinical practice. Individual, group, and family therapy services are available to young children three and up. In addition, several specialized services include Circle of Security Parenting Groups (provided by Certified Parent Group Specialists), Theraplay, and a unique parent-child assessment called the Marshak Interaction Model (MIM). Several of our clinicians are in Level Two and Three of the Theraplay Certification Process. Dr. Gil has completed a two-year Individual Certification process provided by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy and basic principles from his Neurosequential Model of Therapy (NMT) inform our treatment assessment and planning. Gil Institute is an evidence-based clinical practice and our staff remains well-informed and trained in cutting-edge treatment practices.

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Expressive Media Inc.
and its
Institute of the Arts in Healing

Expressive Media Inc. (EMI) is a nonprofit organization co-founded in 1985 by pioneer art therapist, psychologist, and analyst, Judith A. Rubin, with her colleague Eleanor Irwin, pioneer drama therapist, psychodramatist, and analyst. EMI's focus is the production and distribution of films demonstrating best practices in the expressive arts therapies, including a number of award-winning titles. The Institute of the Arts in Healing furthers EMI's educational mission to "extend the healing power of the arts" to people of all ages. For more information about EMI, to watch clips of our films, or to buy DVDs: www.expressivemedia.org. 



Institute Director

B Cohen 4-2014bBarry M. Cohen, MA, ATR-BC, is a graduate of the University of Louisville's Institute of the Expressive Therapies. He began his career in the helping professions as a Child Life Specialist at Yale/New Haven Hospital in 1979. In 1982, while Director of Expressive Therapies at Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, VA, he developed the Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS), a standardized art assessment and award-winning multicenter research project, still in use worldwide. Cohen is the author/co-author of numerous journal articles and chapters, and co-authored/co-edited three books, including Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into the World of Multiple Personality, and the workbook, Managing Traumatic Stress through Art, both published in 1995. He has taught extensively in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. A professional conference planner and consumer fair promoter, he founded and chaired the Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma and Dissociation (1989-1996) and was Conference Manager of the American Art Therapy Association's 2006 and 2007 conferences. Currently Executive Director of Expressive Media Inc., Barry introduced the Institute of the Arts in Healing in 2009. He founded the Expressive Therapies Summit in 2010, which is held annually in Manhattan, and co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, held in Washington, DC, with Dr. Eliana Gil in 2013.

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