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Cedar Crest College Hosts Program on Art Therapy for Military Veterans

The Cedar Crest College art department will host art therapist Stephanie Wise, M.A., ATR-BC, LCAT for a presentation on the healing powers of art therapy for veterans titled, “Art Therapy and Veterans: A Creative Means to Transformational Healing.” The program, which is free to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the 1867 Room of the Tompkins College Center.

Wise is a registered and board certified member of the American Art Therapy Association, as well as a licensed creative arts therapist in New York State and former member of the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She specializes in trauma and has done extensive work with veterans.

Wise said of her work and upcoming program: “Art Therapy offers opportunities to address the emotional impact of traumatic experiences by effectively utilizing metaphor as a bridge to healing. Through the safe distancing of image making, veterans have been able to transform difficult and sometimes haunting visual memories into more manageable verbal narratives through playing with metaphor and imaginative engagement.”

Wise received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and her master’s degree from the graduate art therapy program at New York University, where she also earned her certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program/International University for Mental Health and Human Rights, New York University and Copenhagen University. She has worked nationally and internationally in the field of traumatic stress and resiliency and publishes and lectures extensively. She is currently clinical assistant professor in the art therapy program at Marywood University in Scranton, and part of the creative arts team at Veterans Sanctuary Treatment Trends in Allentown.

The Cedar Crest art therapy community looks forward to hosting the program.

“Stephanie Wise is a remarkable art therapist who has done extensive work with veterans. This program is a timely presentation that provides a glimpse into the professional field of art therapy and supports the ongoing need for development of creative modalities in the treatment of our nation’s military personnel,” said Cedar Crest College Art Therapy Program Director Rebecca Arnold.

For information on this program, contact Cedar Crest College Art Therapy Program Director Rebecca Arnold at rarnold@cedarcrest.edu.