Expressive Therapies Summit

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Please join us for this exciting two-day trauma training event, ideal for both novice and experienced practitioners working with trauma…


Creative Arts Therapies & Trauma Treatment across Contexts and Cultures

Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC
Craig Haen, MA, RDT, CGP, LCAT
Brian Harris, MA
Shanee Stepakoff, PhD
Anna Marie Weber, MA, RDT, CDVC
Stephanie Wise, ATR-BC, LCAT

This comprehensive two-day intensive workshop will feature a collaborative faculty of creative arts therapists and experienced trauma practitioners working in diverse contexts, including intervention following mass trauma, genocide, domestic violence, suicide, sexual and physical abuse, and torture. Attendees will engage—through case study, experiential exercises, lecture, and consultation groups—in exploring trauma treatment from neuroscientific, ethnocultural, and psychodynamic perspectives. They will leave with concrete strategies to enhance the efficacy of their work and an appreciation for the vast potential of arts-based approaches to address interpersonal violence and cultural atrocities.


Ani Buk, MFA, MA, ATR-BC, LP, LCAT, is a Licensed Art Therapist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan. She is a graduate of the MFA program of Yale University School of Art; the Graduate Art Therapy Program of New York University, where she has been on the faculty since 1993; The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; and the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society, where she is an instructor and Training and Supervising Analyst. A nationally recognized trauma specialist, her work and recommendations have been featured in newspapers and periodicals such as The New York Times, US News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and Scholastic News.

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on clinical treatment for survivors of severe interpersonal trauma. She currently serves as Refugee Mental Health Coordinator for the Department of Health in NM and Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting LLC. She has over 30 years’ experience working with displaced people, refugees, and survivors of human rights abuses, and over 14 years’ experience with survivors of civilian and combat-related war trauma, torture, domestic violence and ritual abuse. Her expertise is in the integration of creative arts and body-based practices and methods with clinical, psychotherapeutic and healing practices.

Craig Haen, MA, RDT, CGP, LCAT is Assistant Clinical Director at Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY and has a private practice in White Plains, where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. He is an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Drama Therapy Program and editor of the recent book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process. In addition, Craig is a doctoral student at Lesley University where he is conducting process research on child & adolescent therapy groups.

Brian Harris, MA is in private practice as a music psychotherapist in NYC. He holds a Masters degree from New York University, where he is now an adjunct faculty member. Brian is the past head of the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia, where his work focused on children with post-war traumas. He previously worked as a clinician and research coordinator at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked with a diverse range of populations including trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer’s.

Shanee Stepakoff, PhD is a clinical psychologist and registered poetry therapist, and holds a MFA in creative writing from the New School. She completed a two-year training program in Biblio/Poetry Therapy at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. She is a NAPT-approved mentor/supervisor, and has served on NAPT’s Board of Directors. Her work as a clinician, trainer, researcher, and writer has focused on the healing power of the literary and performing arts in the aftermath of ethnopolitical violence. She spent over four years working internationally, primarily in Guinea, Jordan, and Sierra Leone. She is now in private practice in Manhattan.

Anna Marie Weber, MA, RDT, CDVC is Co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment (2005, Brunner-Routledge). Ms. Weber is Director of Children’s Services at Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, (Long Island NY) and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

Stephanie Wise, ATR-BC, LCAT is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Art Therapy at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She is co-director of Therapeutic Arts Alliance of Manhattan (TAAM) and maintains a private practice in New York City. Stephanie has published and lectured on trauma work both nationally and internationally. Currently, Stephanie is also focusing on work with veterans suffering from PTSD and substance abuse.

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