Art Therapy Internships

There are a number of Art Therapy Internships available through different JBFCS programs.

A.R.T.I.S.T.S Program

Our A.R.T.I.S.T.S Art Therapy Internship Program accepts first and second year Art Therapy interns for an academic semester, year or summer commitment.

Expectations for First Year Art Therapy Interns:

Schedule: Saturdays only: 4 -8 hours.

Professionalism: assisting with and observing individual and group sessions, proper business casual attire, completing paperwork, adhering to schedule.

Expectations for Second Year Art Therapy Interns:

Schedule: 21 hours a week: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This includes one late evening until 7pm. Professionalism: Awareness of boundaries in working with adolescents in a long-term setting, proper business casual attire, completing paperwork, adhering to schedule.

Caseload: 4-6 individual art therapy cases or diads, co-lead and/or facilitate art therapy groups, attend multidisciplinary team meetings.

Flexibility: Second Year interns have the creative space to initiate their own groups or projects based on their academic interests. Research in trauma evidence based proposals strongly encouraged.

Interested Applicants please call:
Kim Wisniewski, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Art Therapy Supervisor, Program Coordinator
Email: kwisniewski@jbfcs.org
Phone: (914) 773-7428

Ittleson Art Therapy Program

The Art Therapy Program at the Henry Ittleson Center offers an Internship Program to two qualified candidates from accredited master’s degree programs in the New York City area.

Objectives of the Ittleson Art Therapy internship program are to provide students with specialized supervision where students integrate art therapy theory and practice into long term clinical experience in the treatment of children with psychiatric disorders and trauma histories within our residential treatment facility.

The Ittleson Art Therapy Program offers individual art therapy for school age children in residential care seen once weekly as part of clinical services. Students will be exposed to working within the residential and day treatment settings. Students attend an interdisciplinary student seminar where in the first semester relevant training topics are offered. In the second semester students will present their work to the clinical staff. At the internship year’s end the art therapy students will mount and host the Annual Art Therapy Show which serves as a celebration and provides closure to the work done by the children in art therapy.

Internship requirements: Two semesters, from September-Mid May, with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Students are assigned a caseload of patients seen individually in adjunct art therapy sessions. Students will co-lead a group as part of their training experience, will assist in leading a trauma focused short term group, participate in monthly case conferences as part of the treatment team and provide required documentation.

Riverdale, a residential area of the Bronx, is easily accessed via subway and bus services (including express bus service from Manhattan).

Interested Applicants please contact:
Elsa Pelier MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Supervisor, Art Therapy Department
epelier@jbfcs.org

The Art Therapy Program
Henry Ittleson Center
50 50 Iselin Avenue
Riverdale New York 10471
Phone: 718 549.6700 Ext. 203

Linden Hill Art Therapy Program

The Linden Hill Art Therapy Program accepts first and second year Art Therapy intern applicants for a full-year commitment

Expectations for Interns:

Schedule: 15-21 hours per week, Mondays required & 1-2 other weekdays as negotiated

Professionalism: Awareness of boundaries in working with adolescents in long-term setting, proper business casual attire, completing paperwork, adhering to schedule

Caseload: 4-6 individual art therapy cases or dyads, co-lead and or facilitate art therapy groups, attend multidisciplinary team meetings

Special Project Component: Interns are required to complete a special project, such as in-service presentation, or other project to be discussed with supervisor

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:
Maria Walker, MA, MFA, CAT-LP 
Art Therapist
Email: MaWalker@jbfcs.org
Phone: (914) 773-7607
Fax: (914) 773-7535


J.M Goldsmith Center for Adolescent Treatment Program

Located on 200 wooded acres in Hawthorne, New York, the Goldsmith Center is a 50 bed residential treatment facility for emotionally troubled adolescent males, ages 12-21.
Adolescents at the Goldsmith Center have often had difficult life experiences which now make it hard to cope with the daily experiences of life. Our residential treatment program provides a therapeutic community in which residents can heal from life circumstances and move towards a more promising future.  The Goldsmith Center follows a trauma informed model of treatment, where the core values include non-violence, hope, and community shared actions.  This model is called the Sanctuary model, which also utilizes the concept of S.E.L.F. (Safety, Emotions, Loss, Future.)

Art therapy at the Goldsmith Center is available in both individual and group sessions.  The expressive therapies, such as art therapy, are especially important in helping traumatized adolescents work through their issues in a non-verbal venue. This is particularly important with trauma where pre-verbal experiences are more difficult to access in verbal based therapies. The art room has been created as a safe and nonjudgmental space in which residents can feel comfortable in expressing their thoughts, dreams, desires, feelings, and emotions. 
 

Expectations of  Interns
We accept second year interns for a full academic year commitment. 
Schedule: 21 hours a week and may include one late evening, preferably over 3 days
Caseload:  4 to 6 individual art therapy cases, co-lead open art studio group, co-lead 3 to 4 small art therapy groups, attending multidisciplinary team meetings
Flexibility: intern has the creative space to initiate their own groups or projects based on their academic interests.

Kim Wisniewski, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapy Supervisor
Erin Viola, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapist


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