Art Therapy & Therapeutic Art Certificate Program

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A Message from Maureen C. Del Giacco, Ph.D., LCAT


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Del Giacco Art Therapy (DAT) is a highly successful therapeutic process that was found valid in 1984 by the New York State Education Department: Office of Vocational Educational Services with Disabilities  (Now known as Acces V-R).  The DAT  program is beneficial for helping improve short-term memory for persons with traumatic brain injury.  However, over the years the program has also proven helpful for a staggering cross section of the populations:stroke, brain tumor, ADHD, anxiety and depression. We use the hierarchy method of treatment.

Training for LCAT’s, this training is for clinical intervention and human development as related to traumatic brain injury, post concussive syndrome and/or many other types of neurological disorders that result in cognitive deficit. The Foundations Course was specifically designed for LCAT’s providing12 Continuing Educations HRS and is NY STATE APPROVED. 

Training for Para-professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field you are being trained by an art therapist to use specific art therapy exercises (Therapeutic Drawing Series and more) to help the neurologically impaired improve their focusing and short-term memory abilities over time. Please take the free course to have a more comprehensive understanding of the programs goals and objectives.

Who should take these courses? Person’s who are interested in an arts based program to help client’s with traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor and general cognitive decline may find this program helpful.  During observational research Del Giacco Art Therapy (DAT) has shown to improve some cognitive abilities and awareness. The DAT program works well with other supportive therapies and has shown to enhances therapeutic outcomes.

The requirements for “CDAT” or Certification in Del Giacco Neuro Art Therapy? You must have a bachelor’s degree or higher, with studies  in the field of Psychology; Introduction to Psychology, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology  (12 credit hrs) and Studio Arts Courses (12 credit hrs). These applicant’s will need to complete 10 training modules and receive 20 Continuing Education Credit.

Those applicant’s with a Master’s degree or higher must complete 1 module “The Foundations of Del Giacco Art Therapy.” LCAT’s will earn 12 Continuing Education Credits Approved by NY STATE Provider Approved LCAT Provider: #CAT-0053 and receive a certificate of completion in Del Giacco Art Therapy.

Beginning January 1, 2017 each Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each triennial registration period. No more than 12 hours of continuing education activities in any 36 month period, or one-third of the total hours in periods of other length, may consist of self-study educational activities from New York State Education Department approved providers.

NYSEDCAT uses the term contact hours to refer to continuing education credit hours. Our system normally refers to CEU for credit hours these terms may be considered synonymous.

What are people saying?

Real words from real customers!
  • Taking the Del Giacco Art Therapy course to use with the brain injury population at my place of employment has been invaluable in improving cognitive function in my clients. They and their families are delighted with the improvements in speech and memory. Maureen is a wonderful teacher who is always available to provide support, constructive feedback and encouragement.
  • Maureen is an innovator in the field of neuro art therapy. An accomplished Artist, Creative Arts Therapist and Founder and Director of Del Giacco Neuro Art Therapy (DAT), she brings extensive knowledge, experience and insight to the emerging field of arts-based cognitive rehabilitation and its professional certification. Moreover, Maureen is dedicated and driven. As a student of the DAT certification program, I found her to be the consummate educator and professional who relates respectfully with her students as colleagues, and who inspires confidence and success. Online coursework is easily manageable in terms of time and content: chapters are a quick read (including both quizzes and tests that help to reinforce material) though thought-provoking, challenging one to “see” brain trauma and therapy from the client’s perspective. Weekly Skype sessions allow for more interactive discussion, although Maureen is easily reachable and keeps in frequent contact with students. I have always found that the best educators are those who help you see the best in yourself. Maureen is certainly among these.
    Gail Arin-Finck, CDATA-1, CBISGail Arin-Finck, CDATA-1, CBISCognitive Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Betsy Lazarus, LCAT, ATR-BC President of New York Art Therapy Association January 5, 2005To Whom It May Concern,This letter is intended to serve as a recommendation for the unique and effective neuro-art therapy program innovated by Dr. Maureen Del Giacco. As a professional art therapist for ten years and current president of the New York Art Therapy Association, I am proud to endorse Dr. Del Giacco’s approach. I can also say without reservation that this art therapy program truly does help enhance cognition for a variety of populations. In my own practice, I rely on its usefulness to increase the level of awareness, alertness, and response for older adults affected by degenerative dementing illnesses. These people are well served by this improvement in their quality of life. Prior to learning how to implement Dr. Del Giacco’s program, I despaired that my knowledge and years of art therapy practice could not help our elders.It has also been my privilege to know Dr. Del Giacco personally. She is a dedicated professional who has devoted her life’s work to the development of the neuro-art therapy approach and educating others in this program. Dr. Del Giacco has been a source of inspiration and support as I utilize her art therapy methods in my own practice with groups and individuals. Her tireless work is of critical clinical importance to those whose cognition has been damaged or compromised either by circumstance or disease. It is my opinion that she has rightfully earned a place among art therapy pioneers.Sincerely,Betsy Lazarus, ATR-BC
    Betsy Lazarus, LCAT, CDATBetsy Lazarus, LCAT, CDATLicensed Creative Arts Therapist, CDAT

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