Marney Schorer Since receiving her master's degree in Clinical Art Therapy with honors at LIU Post, Marney has become a clinician, fine artist, writer, instructor, and community advocate. She has worked as an art therapist treating patients with mental illness in inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as patients with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and cancer. “Studying art therapy led me to radical opportunities to help people with a confidence I never thought possible,” Marney said. “When I know I have made a difference in someone's life, I shed some of that fear that results from being human. I look into a person's eye and somehow I become certain of what I must do. And I feel good doing it.” As a fine artist, Schorr maintains a private studio in Housatonic, Massachusetts, where she mentors young artists. Her research includes the connection among art, neuroscience and trauma, as well as educating the public on how legislation affects clinicians of mental health. Marney's website is available at marneyschorr.webs.com and her artwork can be viewed at webpawner.com/users/littleartretreats.
Ching-Chi Tang: While she was working on her master's degree in Clinical Art Therapy at LIU Post, Ching-Chi's experiences as an international s tudent from Taiwan inspired her interests in working with ethnically diverse populations. Her thesis is about using art therapy to establish a positive ethnic identity for adolescent Chinese women who live in the United States. Additionally, she developed her career as an art therapist while working with recent immigrants at the International High School of LaGuardia Community College and the Jacob A. Riis after-school program in Queens, New York. Her art therapy groups have been successful in providing these young immigrants with a safe environment to express themselves and further helping them to adapt to the new and challenging environment without losing their original tradition and culture. Additionally, she has created a professional documentary about her art therapy groups. This film will be supported by a documentary film company
Tiffany Regan, ATR-BC, LCAT, has been working with various populations for the past six years. Immediately after college, she began using art to shape the lives of the elderly living with dementia. After completing her master's degree in Art Therapy at LIU Post and attaining her license, Tiffany found herself drawn to the psychological experiences of adolescents. “The Art of Bullying,” her story of facilitating art therapy groups with adolescents, who are experiencing and executing the act of bullying, was introduced in the newsletter of the American Art Therapy Association in Winter 2010. Her art therapy groups were successful in encouraging both perpetrator and victim adolescents to recognize their feelings and social dynamics as a group, as well as to learn alternative coping skills. Now, years later, Tiffany and the children she treats would describe her work simply and directly: art heals.
Donna Alulema: Her successful art therapy pilot program for recently immigrated children at Our Lady of Sorrows developed from her personal struggles with the acculturation process as an immigrant to the U.S. Donna's success would not be possible without the support of LIU Post's faculty as well as generous donations from Rehabilitation Through Photography and Hereford Insurance Company. Her art therapy program focused on helping the recently immigrated children to express their confusion, fears, frustrations, and any other emotions they might be experiencing due to their relocation. Art surpassed the language barrier and helped the children understand they aren't alone in their feelings. The participants' progress, such as improved social skills and a positive sense of self, met the urgent needs of the community.
Student Awards and Recognition
Maria Odette S. Maciel: While studying art therapy at LIU Post as an international student from Brazil, she was granted the Prasad Family Foundation International Student Scholarship from the American Art Therapy Association (2010) as well as the O'Malley Award from the Department of Art, Long Island University (2009). She is a 2011 graduate from the program. She has returned to her native Brazil and has expanded her private practice at the Lumen Novum Center for Analytic Psychology and Art Therapy. She is currently providing individual and group art therapy sessions in Brazil. She has also been invited to teach master's level family art therapy courses in São Paulo.
Janeen Mary Ilardo was invited to introduce and screen her short film, The Butterfly, at the 41st Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference in 2010. The Butterfly was one of two films that Janeen created for her master's thesis research project at LIU Post. Her ongoing research explores the positive therapeutic benefits of using video in an artful manner to facilitate self-exploration and communication of one's thoughts and emotions in therapy.