A creative sanctuary for helping professionals to explore personal issues or get training.

Professional Development and Training

We are committed to providing continuing education on current practices in the field of art therapy and its applications in the wider scope of mental health. We offer an integrated approach, which combines hands-on creative expression with best-practice techniques, to enhance learning and treatment. We design trainings for clinical and non-clinical staff that can be offered at your agency.

We are an approved provider for NYS Social Worker CEs.

New York Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0275. New York Creative Arts Therapists is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions (or programs) for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified on our website. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Learn more about at nbcc.org.

Individual Art Therapy for Helping Professionals

We approach working with other helping professionals (like social workers, psychologists, nurses, child life specialists, music therapists, etc) from an inter-subjective perspective and encourage open communication regarding your personal goals for treatment. We can provide brief, solution-focused therapy to deal with a speciļ¬c work or client issue. Like more traditional talk therapy, art therapy involves forming a professional relationship with a therapist to help you with specific problems.  The art provides a different perspective for viewing behavioral patterns, emotional response, and core beliefs that inform how you live your life and approach your work.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for a confidential consultation today.

Supportive Art Therapy Groups

We offer several on-going and short-term groups for professionals working with traumatized clients or in toxic work environments. Our approach integrates art therapy interventions with best-practice models for trauma treatment to ameliorate the negative impact of clients’ trauma on the professional’s own well-being. We believe that creative expression can raise self-awareness, balance emotions, reduce stress. We also provide more didactic trainings and supervision.

Upcoming Workshops

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Wednesday, October 25 10:00 AM
A foundation course on working compassionately with LGBTQI clients
Sunday, November 12 10:00 AM
This hands-on training will give practitioners important tools for incorporating the arts into clinical situations.
Art therapy helped a lot in sorting out some of the aspects of my job that are causing me to feel burned out and overwhelmed. The images we created provided a much simpler and clearer way to understand these issues.

Shana Dastur, LCSW