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Sunday, November 8 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
Cultural Competency, Color & Community within the Creative Arts Therapies

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ROOM 712

Cultural competency in working with diverse populations is essential for all therapists. Exploring multiculturalism within the creative arts therapy field, and cultivating awareness of various considerations when working with populations that may differ in race or ethnicity than our own, enhances clinical effectiveness. In 2012, a New York-based network of creative arts therapists of color, CATs of Color (www.catsofcolor.com), was formed in dedication to building community and diversifying the profession. In this 3-hour workshop, CATs of Color members will draw upon their collective expertise to present cultural self-assessment tools and clinical vignettes, and conduct experiential exercises to stimulate discussion, raise cultural awareness, and support multicultural sensitivity. Participants will experience hands-on examples from various therapeutic modalities, including music, art, drama, and dance/movement. Practitioners who wish to develop and strengthen their cultural competency will find personal support, clinical solutions, and ways to bridge cultural gaps within therapeutic relationships.

Eligible for 3.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Sofia Alvarez, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC

| Sofia Alvarez, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, works as an art therapist at Jacobi Medical Center’s psychiatric emergency department and inpatient units where she provides crisis intervention and therapeutic services to adults, adolescents, and children. She has an extensive background using art therapy and drama to explore cultural identity and interrelational differences with at-risk Latino and Chinese youth in prevention programs... Read More →

Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC

Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, is a licensed dance/movement therapist and mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor. She is former faculty at Lesley University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the New School and has authored various intercultural education chapters. Meg has been an invited presenter at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and American Dance Therapy Association. She is a member of the ADTA... Read More →

Jenni Graham, MPS

Jenni Graham, MPS, is a graduate of Pratt Institute where she earned her degree in art therapy and creativity development. Her background includes creating and implementing behavior modification interventions in school and home settings and developing group protocols for children and adolescents in psychiatric inpatient units and residential settings. Jenni currently works with Counseling in Schools (CIS) where she collaborates with Project... Read More →

Sandra Ramos-Watt, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

Sandra Ramos-Watt, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, is the founder of CATs of Color, a network of creative arts therapists of color that addresses the need for culturally appropriate services to people from various ethnicities and racial backgrounds. She is an NYU graduate and former professional jazz singer, and maintains a private practice in the Bronx where she incorporates vocal psychotherapy techniques in her work. Sandra leads groups for women... Read More →

Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT

Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a graduate of NYU’s drama therapy program where her thesis explored the effects of racism, specifically in relation to black adolescent males, and how drama therapy might serve as a tool to foster resistance to racist socialization. She currently works full-time as a drama therapist at Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) and also in private practice. Britton continues to research the impact... Read More →

Marcia Wooden, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

| Marcia Wooden, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, is an NYU graduate, board-certified music therapist, and licensed creative arts therapist. She currently provides creative arts therapy to adults in the department of inpatient psychiatry at Woodhull Hospital and Mental Health Center. Marcia completed the postgraduate certificate program in vocal psychotherapy at the Music Psychotherapy Center and maintains a private practice in New York City.

Sunday November 8, 2015 9:30am - 12:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)