Friday, November 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Hudson Valley Campus
19 Baker Ave, Suite 400
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Utilizing the Survival Function of Art in Counseling Suicidal Teens

With Lucy Barbera, Ph.D., LCAT

CEs: 6
Cost: $125.00

The arts evolved from play and both developed as essential human behaviors, necessary for survival. The expressive arts offer strong metaphorical aspects, fortifying clinical insights, not otherwise accessible in purely verbal therapy. Indeed, the very action of creating expressive art continue to have a deep survival function and self-rewarding justification.

Uniting theory, case study, and experiential exercises, Dr. Barbera will discuss the roots of human arts expression and the legacy, utilization, and function (as survival tools) of the expressive arts in counseling suicidal teens, to catalyze psychological and emotional healing.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to learn through dialogue and case study, the theory of the roots of art and specific expressive art modalities to help suicidal and self-injurious teens in regaining control, order, and volition necessary to face and become active participants, in re-framing their lives and focusing creatively on healing.
  2. Participants will be able to learn learn how and when to apply three different arts-based strategies for working with adolescents with suicidal ideation, have attempted suicide, or exhibit self-injurious behavior, in private practice, hospital, partial treatment facility, or  psychiatric center settings.
  3. Participants will be able to learn how to create a Past-Present-Future sequence, using masks, triptych, or portal to learn experientially how and when these strategies may be applied in practice to facilitate healing.

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About the Instructor

Lucy Barbera, Ph.D., is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and serves on the faculty of The Humanistic Multicultural Education Graduate Program, at SUNY, New Paltz, where she has developed and teaches Expressive Arts Therapy and Expressive Arts & Social Justice courses over the last twenty years. Dr. Barbera is the Founder/Director of The Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program, for mental health, medical, and educational professionals, sponsored by Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center. Dr. Barbera’s clinical practice includes work in medical (SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital), special education (Astor Day Treatment Center), and school leadership (Special Education Training Coordinator, Ulster County BOCES) settings.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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