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P/T ART THERAPY PROGRAM ASSISTANT, 2 HOURS PER WEEK. Fridays 11-1pm, downtown Pittsfield.

Work with an Art Therapist and Author, assisting in program development, research and data collection and preparation of art materials in an internationally recognized art therapy youth suicide prevention program (see

Qualifications:  Must have EXCELLENT attention to details, spelling, numbers, experience with Excel spreadsheets, and maintaining confidentiality; professional attitude and manner to make phone calls, emails, represent author, etc. MUST BE RELIABLE, have solid ethics and meet deadlines timely.

$15 per hour (or paid internship) and an amazing learning experience in which you can make a difference. Please email inquiry and resume to Marney Schorr at



NUarts Studios and Gallery in Pittsfield MA, offers internships with Master’s level Art Therapist and Teaching Artist, Marney Schorr, in the following:

-high school internship credit in studio art/art appreciation

-undergraduate college internship credits (1-3 credits per semester)  in art therapy

-ongoing placements with:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Studio Art and Arts Management programs

Springfield College’s Undergraduate Art Therapy Program

If you would like to arrange an internship with your school, please contact Marney Schorr at



If you or your organization is interested in an AIRY training, please contact Director, Marney Schorr. 
Please scroll our upcoming presentations at the following locations:
ConferenceBerkshire County Suicide Prevention Conference:
– April 5, 2019, Crowne Plaza, downtown Pittsfield.
Youth presentation with Hunter Schrade and Kiara Bresett from the AIRY program.
For more info or to register, go to the 2019 conference at:
Anna Maria College:
– March 25, 2019, 1-3 pm.
Lecture and presentation with film screening of the new AIRY documentary, Messages of Hope, Brown Out Pictures.
Springfield College:
 – December 11, 2018, Guest Lecture
 – November 13, 2018, Guest Lecture
Professional Development Workshop for Berkshire County Educators
Art Therapy Methods for the Classroom: Social and Emotional Development through the Arts’
November 6, 2018
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA
Description: This workshop is designed for educators with an interest in using the arts to help youth develop social and emotional skills in a school setting. We will explore the therapeutic benefits of art for children and adolescents and how educators can contribute to making safe spaces for expression; examine social and emotional skills through sample art directives; and pull from dialectical behavior therapy topics such as managing emotions and use of sensory materials. The workshop also provides art ideas to promote self concept, social skills and peer support for adolescents. A brief review is provided of contemporary stressors affecting both students and educators. We end with a discussion of secondary traumatic stress and self care for teachers.
Public Community Artist Talk with Marney Schorr, Founder/Director, Arts in Recovery for Youth.
Unitarian Universalist Church, Pittsfield MA.
Nov 4, 2018
6 hour Masterclass with Marney Schorr:
Innovative Suicide Prevention Models, Art Therapy & DBT: Saving Adolescents & Young Adults
Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
Times Square, New York
Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT, LMHC (New York state only) Not eligible for APT Credits.
Description: Suicide rates for females ages 15-19 are at a U.S. record high and remain on the rise for adolescents and young adults. How can we be part of the solution? What are the risk factors that the contemporary young person faces? An innovative suicide prevention model for use in art therapy is informed by the work of leading suicidology experts and dialectical behavior therapy. In this 6-hour master class, we will explore how to incorporate suicide prevention in art therapy with protocols that target the ‘direct drivers’ for suicide researched by David Jobes and the interpersonal risk factors for suicide, such as ‘perceived burdensomeness’ and ‘thwarted belongingness,’ described and studied by Thomas Joiner. Experiential activities will include art therapy directives specific to adolescents and young adults at risk for suicide. These include metaphor in art; emotion characters that regulate through storytelling; the creation of symbols for dialectical thinking; and fostering a resilient identity with mask making.
Experiential activities will also include personal consciousness drawings for clinicians to help them manage the emotional residue of empathic engagement with suicidal clients. By collaborating with the suicide prevention community, expressive arts therapists and mental health professionals can better understand what drives suicidal youth and become better equipped to help save young lives.
Faculty Bio:Marney Schorr is an Art Therapist and Teaching Artist at NUarts Gallery & Studios and Executive Director of Arts in Recovery for Youth. She has a Master’s in Clinical Art Therapy and a Bachelor’s in Visual Art. Marney is a Lecturer for Empire State College and Springfield College, as well as an Internship Supervisor, a Peer Supervision Facilitator, and an Instructor at Berkshire Community College. She is an exhibiting fine artist in New York, New England, and the Berkshires.
Art therapists and other clinicians exploring suicide prevention through expressive art at the Expressive Therapies Summit, NYC, Oct 12.
‘When I think of suicide’ mandalas…

Empowerment Masks…

Emotion characters…