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Legislative Action

Sample letter:

Dear Senator (name),

Dear Representative (name),

Dear Governor (name),

Dear Mayor (name),

 

I am an art therapist. Art therapists are credentialed mental health professionals. Our national accrediting organization is the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). After completion of a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience, we can apply for an ATR (Registered Art Therapist) and then sit for a certification test to earn a BC (Board Certification). In many states, art therapists are licensed. In (our state), art therapists are licensed, and the designation is (identify licensed title).

Our country is in crisis. There is rampant gun violence in our neighborhoods and schools and an opioid epidemic. Constituents are calling out for better mental health services because of these crises. In many states, mental health services have been slashed drastically, and the current federal administration does not support quality medical health or mental health services. This must change if we are going to manage and, ultimately, control these crises.

Art therapists are qualified to offer therapeutic services within schools, hospitals, and community mental health settings. I am a taxpayer, and I vote. I urge you to take an active position in bringing much needed mental health services to every school and community, and art therapists can be included in those numbers.

Thank you for considering this. I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

Sincerely,

(sign name and credentials)

 

NYS LCAT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

There are four courses currently being offered. These four courses will repeat in the fall and spring. All courses are for 6 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 6 ATCB CEC's, taken on Saturdays (for six hours). For Saturday classes, there will be pick-up and return to the LIRR Northport station. Participants need to bring lunch.

Location:  19 Eatons Neck Road, Northport, NY

NYS LCAT CE contact hours: 6

ATCB contact hours: 6

Fee: $150

To register, contact me at:  Use the form on Home page and fill in your name and email, and enter course number and name in comment box or contact me at ddolginko@aol.com

Registration is limited to 6 participants per session

Cancellation Police: Refund up to a week before session begins due to small class size

COURSE LISTINGS

Creative Arts Therapy and Trauma

Dates/Times:    TBA              10 a.m.--4 p.m. 

Description: There are few patients we treat who are not dealing with trauma in some way from their lived experience. This course addresses clinical creative arts therapies practice issues related to trauma. Relevant creative arts therapy literature will be read, prior to the course beginning, and then discussed in class. This literature includes useful theoretical and practical information about working with trauma, and art made by patients who have experienced trauma, related to the areas of: post-traumatic stress disorder; cumulative trauma; sexual abuse and incest; terrorism; grief; war; natural disasters;  societal stress; and substance abuse related trauma. Creative modalities and creative arts therapy techniques represented in the literature will be done as an experiential.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Creative arts therapists will gain a deeper understanding of what trauma is, how it manifests in treatment, and effective interventions.
  2. Creative arts therapists will explore and discuss clinical creative arts therapies practice issues related to trauma.

  3. Creative arts therapists will experience creative modalities and creative arts therapy techniques represented in the literature as successful with treatment related to trauma.

    Assigning Meaning to Art to Optimize Patient Insight

    Dates/Times:    TBA        10 a.m.--4 p.m. 

     Description: This course addresses clinical practice issues as understood from the metaphor of the actual art-making. The role of metaphor in the creative arts therapies will be discussed. Understanding the patient’s needs will be discussed with regard to presenting psychodynamics for the purpose of incorporating art-making that is appropriate for the treatment process. Looking at the powerful impact of art-making on the therapeutic process will support best practice. The application of different media, materials, and techniques with attention to their meaning and metaphor and how this can optimize patient insight will be explored and experienced. This art-making inspired insight moves the treatment forward. Clinical case material will be shared.

      Learning objectives:

    1. Creative arts therapists will explore the application of different media, materials, and techniques with attention to their meaning and metaphor and how this can optimize patient insight.

    2. Creative arts therapists will explore understanding the patient’s needs with regard to presenting psychodynamics for the purpose of incorporating art-making that is appropriate for the treatment process.

    3. Creative arts therapists will be encouraged to apply this concept to their own clinical practice and share questions or ideas with the group.

     Addressing Culture in Creative Arts Therapy

    Dates/Times:  TBA         10 a.m.--4 p.m. 

    Description: Culture does not just mean a patient’s ethnicity, but rather how she/he/they identifies him/her/them self. Every group develops a culture when it comes together, whether it is a family, a classroom of students, or a religious organization. This course addresses clinical creative arts therapies practice issues related to issues of culture, which will be examined regarding how these impact the treatment situation. Relevant creative arts therapy literature will be read, prior to the course beginning, and then discussed in class. This literature includes useful theoretical and practical information about defining, understanding, sensitivity towards, and working with cultural issues, and art made by patients specific to identified culture. Creative modalities and creative arts therapy techniques represented in the literature will be done as an experiential.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Creative arts therapists will gain a deeper understanding of definition of culture, how it manifests in treatment, and effective interventions. 
    2. Creative arts therapists will explore and discuss clinical creative arts therapies practice issues related to culture.
    3. Creative arts therapists will experience creative modalities and creative arts therapy techniques represented in the literature as successful with treatment related to issues of culture.

    Publishing Workshop   

    ******I am currently working with NYS to adapt this course to be an Independent Study for 3 CE contact hours                

       *****Stay tuned for more info

    Dates/Times:    TBA

    Description: Many practitioners want to publish about their clinical work or studies done but do not know how to begin. This course addresses how to write a scholarly article and get it published. Different research methodology will be presented briefly. Article types and designs will be presented. Participants will choose the methodology and style that fits their research. One week prior to the beginning of the course, participants will submit the topic for their article-in-progress. The instructor will disseminate this information to participants with suggested areas for a literature review. Participants will bring laptops for a working session during which questions can be asked, and participants will review/edit each other’s work, with the goal of getting a good first draft of a scholarly article.

     Learning objectives:

    1. Creative arts therapists will explore different research methodology and article types and designs.
    2. Creative arts therapists will choose the methodology and style that fits their research.
    3. Creative arts therapists will develop a good first draft of a scholarly article with support.