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NYS LCAT Continuing Education Courses

Summer 2019 CE COURSES

NEW COURSES!!!

  1. Creative Arts Therapy with people with ASD/ Monday, August 12, 2019/7-10 pm

  2. The Construction of the Object: Using Assemblage to Better Understand Object Relations in Ourselves and Our Patients

    Zoom Room class!!!!

  • Art Therapy with Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Monday, August 12, 2019

7—10 p.m.

The literature is replete with research and information about children, from birth through school age, who have ASD. Yet these children grow up to be adults. There is an overall paucity of literature regarding adults with ASD. Whenever I teach or present on the topic of art therapy with adults with ASD, art therapists approach me telling me how hungry they are for information about this and feel alone out there in their work with adults with ASD.

This course addresses using art therapy with adults with ASD, through a social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive description of adults with ASD, based on related developmental, neurological, and art therapy theory. Because adults with ASD present with layered and intersecting developmental stages, there is discussion of psychological developmental theory, art developmental theory, and neurological implications, all with treatment suggestions and clinical snapshots. There is general discussion and suggestions for developing cultural competence when working with adults with ASD. Also addressed: clinical art therapy group practice information about art therapy with adults with ASD in community settings, on behavioral health units, and in large institutions, including discussion of clinical treatment issues, and goals.

Length in contact hours: Three (3) NYS LCAT CE’s

Three (3) ATCB CEUs

Fee:  $100

Register: ddolginko@aol.com

                631-754-2278 (landline)

  • Construction of the Object: Assemblage and Object Relations in Creative Arts Therapy

Description: Object relations based creative arts therapy supports the construction of the external object for the intention of better understanding the internalized object and its relation to a patient’s ego development, and attachment and separation issues for purposes of incorporating effective interventions into the treatment process.. This course addresses object relations based creative arts therapies theory and practice and explores these through assemblage. Robert Landy’s concept of aesthetic distance and role-playing will also be explored concerning the development of the external object in treatment. We will also be examining the assemblage work of Joseph Cornell from this perspective. 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 object relations and the construction of the external object.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own objects for assemblage, and, additionally, many objects will be available.

Date/Time: TBA 10 am—4 pm

Cost:   $175. Class size is limited to six, and so refund only if cancellation is a full week before the beginning of class.

Register:     ddolginko@aol.com

Length in contact hours: Six (6) NYS LCAT CE contact hours

                                           Six (6) ATCB CEC’s

Location:        19 Eatons Neck Road

Northport, NY 11768

 

NYS LCAT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

These are courses offered. Most courses are for 6 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 6 ATCB CEC's, taken on Saturdays or Sundays (for six hours). Publishing 2.0 is for 5 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 5 ATCB CEC's. Art Therapy with Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder is being offered as a Zoom Room course and is for 3 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 3 ATCB CEC's.

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: 3,5, or 6

ATCB contact hours: 3, 5 or 6

Fee: $100, $250, or $175, depending on the course

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; Publishing 2.0 is limited to 3; AT with Adults with ASD is limited to 10.

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.

    6 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 6 ATCB CEC's

  • 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.

         6 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 6 ATCB CEC's

  •  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.

                    6 NYS LCAT CE contact hours and 6 ATCB CEC's

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)