Guest Lectures: Arts in Recovery for Youth and Suicide Prevention
Springfield College:
 – December 11, 2018
 – November 13, 2018
Springfield, MA
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
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…

6 hour Masterclass with Marney Schorr:
Innovative Suicide Prevention Models, Art Therapy & DBT: Saving Adolescents & Young Adults
9th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit
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 CreditsDescription: 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.