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NEW COURSE!!!

ZOOM ROOM CLASS

Exploring Metaphors for Insight into Transference and Countertransference

Date/Time:  10/22/19   7—10 pm

Subject:    Using metaphor in clinical practice to support insight and interventions

Description: This course will explore metaphors as they arise in clinical practice from both the practitioner and the patient. The role of metaphor in the creative arts therapies will be discussed, specifically regarding transference and countertransference. Looking at the powerful impact of metaphor and symbolism on the therapeutic process will support best practice and inform art-making that is appropriate for treatment progress and process. Clinical case material will be shared.

Participants will engage in art-making with different media, materials, and techniques with attention to the meaning and metaphor of their own experience and explore how this can be applied to gain insight into transference and countertransference.

Length in contact hours:

Three (3) NYS LCAT CE hours

Three (3) ATCB CEC’s

Fee: $100 class limited to 10 participants

$50 for attendees who have taken my CE classes before

Register: ddolginko@aol.com

COMING SOON!!

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

OTHER COURSE LISTINGS

  • Publishing Workshop 2.0

Dates/Times:       TBA      10 am—3 pm

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 explain their research or concepts and describe research methodology.

2.     Creative arts therapists will explore avenues for publication.

3.     Creative arts therapists will develop a good first draft of a scholarly article or book proposal with support.

Cost: $250. Class size is limited to three, and so refund only if cancellation is a full week before the beginning of class.

Length in contact hours: 5 NYS LCAT CE contact hours; 5 ATCB CECs

  • 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 re: Health Insurance Coverage

To: legislative.secretary@exec.ny.gov

Dear Andrew Cuomo, Honorable Governor of New York:

I am a proud New Yorker and excited about all of the progressive laws you
have signed over this past year. I write to you now to urge you to sign
into law the following:

• S3421A (A648A) – sponsored by Senators Savino and Senators Bronson. This
ACT amends the social services law, in relation to making care and services
provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage
under the Medicaid program.

• A670A (S3212A) – sponsored by Senators Bronson and Senator
Kennedy. This act amends the insurance law, in relation to health insurance
coverage of outpatient care provided by a mental health practitioner and a
clinical social worker.

These laws will have a profound positive effect on the mental health care
available to the neediest members of your constituency. It will make
mental health accessible to all and overall a much healthier NY!

Please sign S3421A and S3212A into law at your earliest convenience. I
appreciate your time and attention to this matter.

Best wishes,
Diana Gil Velez, MS, LCAT, ATR-BC
NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
& Psychoanalyst- in-training

Sample letter re: Gun Violence and Art Therapists in Schools:

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)