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Friday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
From Residential Placement to Community Youth Programs: New Opportunities for Expressive Therapists

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This Master Class will focus on incarcerated NYC youth in juvenile justice placement under the NYS Close to Home initiative. Following an overview of this newly developed system of care, the panel will present the development and integration of expressive therapies — specifically, music, performing arts, and art therapy — as key components for the engagement and treatment of the youth, staff, and families. Case examples and experientials will demonstrate how clinicians capitalized on the engagement power of expressive arts to enhance more traditional forms of treatment that include motivational interviewing, DBT, family therapy, and performance. The class will discuss the importance of using Licensed Creative Arts Therapists not only for providing treatment, but also for integrating teaching artists and other outside community resources into treatment and discharge planning, as well as recognizing the multiple therapeutic windows opened by expressive therapies.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS Pending


Orly Bendavid, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

Orly Bendavid, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is the Clinical Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapy at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services in NY. She received her master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University. Orly went on to complete advanced training in Vocal Psychotherapy with Dr. Diane Austin, as well as Level One training at The Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy. Orly has experience working in juvenile justice, end of... Read More →


Lisa Hope, LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC, CRPA, is an educator, advocate, creative therapist, substance abuse counselor, and recovery coach. Her clinical roles include many, such as working with incarcerated youth, inpatient adolescents, and managing a private practice. Lisa's educational roles include assistant dean at Westchester CASAC training program, recovery coach trainer, and supervisor for graduates seeking to obtain licensing. Her most... Read More →

Victoria Mierlak, MT-BC, LCAT

Victoria Mierlak, MT-BC, LCAT, received her master’s in music therapy from NYU and went on to complete her advanced training in vocal psychotherapy with Diane Austin. She has worked in the field since 2006 with various populations including adolescents and children in the inpatient setting as well as adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Victoria also co-created and developed a music therapy program for... Read More →

Maggie M. Ritnour, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC

Maggie M. Ritnour, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC, is an art therapist and mental health counselor. She has experience using art as therapy in work with children, adolescents, and adults in hospital settings since 2000. Maggie is an advocate for people with mental illness and would like to help eradicate the stigma and discrimination associated with their struggles through education and validation. She is also a certified Irish dance teacher and... Read More →

John Shaw, PhD

John Shaw, PhD, is currently the Director of Residential Mental Health Services at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, overseeing 15 staff providing services to over 90 adolescents age 12-21 in care in hard-to-place group homes, non-secure, and limited secure placement facilities. In addition to supervising and developing behavioral health and psychiatry services, he co-created and expanded Creative Arts and Creative Arts... Read More →

Earl Skinner

Earl Skinner has been a central part of The Point's Youth Development program since he began in 2002. He was promoted to be the youth programs coordinator in 2005. In 2010, Earl brought Beats, Rhymes, and Life, a west coast hip-hop therapy intervention, to the South Bronx. In 2011 he secured volunteer clinical support to make The Point a practicum site for social work interns, and has served as the task supervisor since 2011.

Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
The Point 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY