Moving from Coping Skill to Practice: Art Making to Facilitate DBT/CBT Behavioral Integration

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) are the most common skill-based approaches used in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient programs. These evidence-based approaches focus on teaching coping skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal communication amongst others. Clients frequently learn the abstract concepts of these skills, but often get stuck when it comes to integrating them into their daily lives. Regular rehearsal of these skills can be preventative for relapse and can help to decrease the need for hospitalization. Through this presentation we will explore some of the ways that art therapy can be used as a means toimplement these strategies and skills learned through DBT and CBT and integrate the behaviors into usable practices.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Marni Rosen, Psy.D ATR-BC is the Practice Manager, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified Art Therapist at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. The Institute for Therapy through the Arts is an integrated Creative Arts therapy center that offers all 4 arts modalities: art, music, drama, and dance/movement. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Posttraumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and was a research assistant at Yale University studying the impact of trauma on the narrative of Holocaust survivors. She is a supervisor, consultant, and trainer on trauma informed psychotherapy and art therapy in addition to a published author of several articles including Adlerian Art Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Journal of Individual Psychology and Developmental Transformation Art Therapy in the American Art Therapy Association journal.

Cara Fisher Wellvang is an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy from Adler University (formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology) in Chicago. Cara completed her clinical internship at Asian Human Services, a community mental health center focused on providing client-centered, trauma-informed services for immigrants and refugees. She also works in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings with adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations, and has experience providing psycho-educational and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills groups.  She works with clients facing issues including chronic mental illnesses, neurodevelopmental disorders, social isolation, acculturative stress, school, and family challenges, among other concerns.  Cara uses a variety of approaches in therapy that integrate various methods of art, play, and creative expression. Prior to moving to Chicago, Cara spent four years living and working in Mainland China and Hong Kong where she taught at an English immersion preschool, and worked as the lead artist for a community arts and health program called Lizzie Bee/The Make it Better Project. She started her career in mental health working as a Supported Employment Specialist at Community Connections, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. which provided counseling and job coaching for clients with mental health diagnoses.

Amber Przybyla is an Art Therapist-Provisional and Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern. She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy from Adler University. During her internship at the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts, she has worked with clients who are experiencing chronic mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, addiction, and cognitive decline. Amber has experience providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in group settings.