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Mind-Body Healing through the Arts Series - Art Therapy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm to 9:50 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

The field of creative arts therapy is rapidly gaining recognition as an essential component of health care in our society.  By tapping into the deeply expressive aspects of body, mind, and spirit through such modalities as music, sound, imagery, role, and movement, the therapist facilitates self-actualization and healing within the therapeutic relationship.  Prominent practitioners demonstrate principles and practice in this series of experiential presentations. 

This Fall's scheduled speakers, moderated by New School Creative Arts Therapy faculty Kelley Linhardt, MA, LCAT, ATR, are:

August 27 - Mari Flannery Kelly, MSc-ATR - Why it Works: Arts Based Psychotherapeutic Interventions with those Affected by Trauma
Mari Flannery Kelly, MSc-ATR, is a registered art psychotherapist dedicated to providing exceptional care and effective treatment to diverse populations throughout the lifespan. Mari holds a BSc from New York University, where she studied Psychology and Studio Arts, a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies from The New School University for Public Engagement and earned her Masters of Science in Art Psychotherapy from Queen’s University, Belfast. Beyond the letters and degrees, Mari has been educated and continues to learn most from those whom she has the honor of working with.

September 3 - Louise Montello, DA, LCAT, MT-BC - The Musical Cure: Music Therapy in Trauma Treatment
Louise Montello, DA, LP, LCAT, MT-BC, Award winning author of "Essential Musical Intelligence" and Coordinator of and Associate Professor of Music Therapy in the Creative Arts and Health Program at The New School. She has written extensively on the use of psychodynamic music therapy in trauma treatment.

September 10 - Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCAT - The Poetic Prescription for Wellness
Sherry Reiter, PhD, PTR-M/S is Director of The Creative Righting Center in New York and author of Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing.  Past President of The National Association for Poetry Therapy and The National Federation for Poetry Therapy, she is also creator of Poets-Behind-Bars, a long distance program for maximum security prisoners. She will explain the underpinnings of poetry therapy theory, and how poems are imported and exported. Discover some of the most powerful poetic prescriptions available over the counter!

September 17 - Jayne Demakos, MA - Music & End of Life Care
Jayne Demakos is a certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner through the International Harp Therapy Program. She studied Contemplative Music and Music Thanatology under Therese Schroeder-Sheker and is coordinator of the music program at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. Jayne consulted and performed for the World Conference of Religions through Cornell University and two Interfaith Services in Ithaca, NY honoring the Dalai Lama of Tibet.  Whether as singer, pianist, harpist, teacher or choral director, Jayne strives to create an environment by which we can feel our shared humanity more deeply.  

September 24 - Patricia P. Capello, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT - Creative Dance & Expression: A Dance/Movement Therapy Perspective
Patricia Capello, MA is a Senior Dance/Movement Therapist and Acting Team Leader for the Therapeutic Activities Service at Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry in Brooklyn, New York.  She has served over 16 years on the Board of Directors of the American Dance Therapy Association and is Associate Chair of The International Panel

5 Tuesday evening sessions
Non-credit course number: NCAT0701 
Also available as a 1-credit Creative Arts and Health (CAH) course

Admission: Series price as a course, $220 for continuing education/certificate students, register at for non-credit course number) NCAT0701; $30 for individual tickets at the New School Box Office, 66 West 12th Street on the day of the event. Please call 212-229-5567 for ticket availability.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Art and Design, Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Creativity and Innovation


University, Schools of Public Engagement


Health, Wellness and Therapy, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Dance and Movement, Academic Advising & Career Development, Writing



The price for the series as a course is $220. Single admission tickets for auditing individual sessions are $30 each.

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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