Parenting Tune-Up. Restorative Art Retreats. Drama Therapy Groups.

2017 Groups and Workshops

Drama Therapy for Teens
Starts Friday, March 17th  4:00-5:30

Using drama therapy as our guide, teens ages 13-16, will explore and identify goals and obstacles encountered in school and life experiences.

Therapeutic Scene Study for Adults
Starts Friday, March 24th  7:00-8:30

Using Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie, the therapeutic scene study group invites adults to explore creative problem solving, relationships, and emotional expression through drama therapy.

Parenting Tune-Up! Six week workshop.
Starts Tuesday, February 7th  7:15-8:45 

Fine-tune your parenting skills and reduce burnout in your family's life with this supportive and didactic group that will help you tap into proven strategies from play therapy and Parent-Child therapies. (For parents only)

Art Therapy Group: Self-Care and Self-Exploration
An ongoing group.
Register for 5 weeks increments.
Brooklyn - Sundays 6:15 - 7:30pm - begins January 8
Cold Spring - Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:15 - begins February 7

A supportive place to nurture your creativity;  use artmaking for personal discovery and to build a community for self-care.

Therapeutic Improv for Adults
An ongoing group.
Register for 5 weeks increments. 
Saturdays 11:00-12:30

It's not about being funny, it's about being free.  Using the art of improvisation and acting this group offers a supportive and nonjudgmental space for personal development. 

Professional Trainings

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. We are also 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  

Learn more about our current CE classes.

To learn more about offering an custom training or workshop at your agency please contact us by e-mail.

What makes our professional trainings different?

We combine hands-on creative activities with best-practice therapy techniques to enhance learning and treatment. In other words: we make it fun, informative, and maybe even self-revelatory.

  • We provide practical information that you can immediately use in your clinical practice.
  • Interactive, creative learning approach.
  • Lots of nuts and bolts information without any dry boring lectures.
  • Small group format (max of 8-10 participants)
  • Expert presenters from different practice models.
  • CE credits. All the hours count. No filler.
We are always looking for new ideas:

We have the resources and the motivation to add new workshops. If there is something you'd like to learn more about, please e-mail us at We'll listen. And if our therapists aren't experts on the topic, we'll find someone who is and make it happen.

Typical workshop and training topics:
  • Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Professional Stress
  • Introduction to Art Therapy for Mental Health Professionals
  • Drama Therapy 101
  • Action Methods and Video Techniques for Adolescent Engagement
  • The Stages of Drawing Development (for parents and clinicians)
  • LGBTQ - Essential Basics for Responsible Clinicians
  • Introduction to Art Materials
  • "Learn from our Mistakes" Private Practice Building Workshops
  • The role of money in the clinical relationship
  • Clinical art therapy with adolescents
  • Clinical art therapy with survivors of relational trauma (sexual abuse or physical-emotional abuse)

When teaching techniques or methods of incorporating creative arts therapies into clinical practice we adhere to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Guidelines, Ethical Principles, Section 8.6 which states:  "When providing training and/or supervision to non-art therapists, art therapists take precautions to ensure that trainees understand the nature, objectives, expectations, limitations, and resulting qualifications of the supervision and/or training as distinct from formal studies in art therapy." 

Upcoming Workshops

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Saturday, April 22 10:00 AM
Learn about burnout and vicarious trauma
Fantastic! [the class] really illuminated the process approach which is fundamental in art therapy. I can't say enough good things - I feel grateful for participating and being a part of it!

 Karen Mulcahy, NY