NYATA Annual Meeting – Working with the Environment with Dina Shapiro – (EARN 3 CE Credits)

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Date(s) - 01/21/2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

School of Visual Arts Lecture Series Room


Environmental Art Therapy

Working with the Environment (3 CE Credits)

Art not only allows expression of our inner world but also reflects our relationship to the environment around us. This workshop will focus on integrating Art therapy with nature and its impact on self actualization. Through the creative process and immersing oneself in the environment, participants will be able to explore their complex inter-relationships as they are reflected in the choices they make, juxtaposed against their environment. Art is the bridge that connects how we affect our environment and how it affects us.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn an overview of theory and application of Environmental Art Therapy
  • A group interactive model will be the frame in which this workshop is taught, focusing on the here-and-now, in an outdoor space
  • Ideas taken from various theories of psychology (to include eco-psychology and Gestalt art therapy) and a general understanding of environmental art therapy alongside eco- consciousness (to include an overview of appropriate art materials) will be applied specifically to art therapy.


  • Name and implement 2 environmental art therapy directives, in professional practice.
  • Define 3 key concepts of Environmental art therapy.
  • Identify the intersections between Attachment Theory, Gestalt Theory, Social Activism, and Environmental Art Therapy.

About the Facilitator – Dina Schapiro, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Dina ShapiroDina earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. She began working at Housing Works as the Director of the art therapy department where her interest in creating an inclusive therapeutic environment for her clients was a priority, integrating Horticulture therapy with the creative arts therapies. After leaving Housing Works and the Renfrew Center to pursue her private practice specializing in Eating Disorders and addictions Dina was asked to teach at both the Pratt graduate art therapy program and the New School Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program.

Soon after starting to teach at Pratt Dina became the practicum coordinator and after 10 years of teaching and doing practicum work, Dina took on the position of Assistant Chair and Director of the Graduate Creative Art Therapy Department at the Pratt. Dina has taught and lectured aspects of Environmental Art Therapy in the department and in Creative Arts therapy conferences and has published work on the subject. In 2014 Dina and her partner started an artists residency program in VT called the Marble House Project, where the arts and the environment are in the forefront of their project.

SPACE is limited! Register here:

$45 – 3 CEUs

$15 – non-certificate participation