Dr. Ellen G. Horovitz, ATR-BC, LCAT, E-RYT
Art Therapy Program Director/ Professor of Art Therapy
Ellen G. Horovitz is Professor / Director of Graduate Art Therapy at Nazareth College of Rochester. She has had over thirty years of experience with myriad patient populations. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and 6 books most notably The Art Therapists’ Primer: A Clinical Guide to Writing Assessments, Diagnosis and Treatment and her latest book is Digital Image Transfer: Creating Art with Your Photography. She is currently co-editing a book on Yoga Therapy with Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, CFT, LMT from the Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Horovitz is past President Elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and served as a board director for over 12 years. In addition to her training as an art therapist, she is a registered yoga teacher (RYT- through the Yoga Alliance) as well as a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy), completed Level I Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training and is currently working on completing LifeForce Practitioner Yoga Therapy Training under the renowned Amy Weintraub. Dr. Horovitz teaches yoga at Nazareth College and offers Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy through the Creative Arts Therapy Clinic. Read Dr. Horovitz Interview.
Dr. Bryan Hunter, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy Program Director/Professor/ Chair of Creative Arts Therapy Department
Bryan Hunter is Chair of the Creative Arts Therapy Department and Professor and Director of Music Therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, a position held since 1982. As Past-President of the National Association for Music Therapy, he helped lead the organization in a successful effort to unify with the American Association for Music Therapy, forming the American Music Therapy Association in 1998. In addition, Dr. Hunter is an adjunct professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he conducts music therapy clinical outcome research with physician, Dr. O.J. Sahler. Currently, he is implementing a national research award from the American Music Therapy Association to study the effects of music therapy in assisting patients to wean from mechanical ventilation. His research and consultations with Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Lifetime Care have resulted in the establishment of full time music therapy positions held currently held by Nazareth graduates. Dr. Hunter is also a member and past chair of the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners. In 2005 he was awarded the very first license as a Creative Arts Therapist by the State of New York.
Dr. Stephen Demanchick, LMHC, RPT, NCC
Stephen P. Demanchick is an Assistant Professor for the Creative Arts Department at Nazareth College and Director of the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Rochester in October 2007. Stephen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, and NIRE certified child-centered play therapist. He teaches CAT 530 Culminating Project and Thesis, PSY 534 Psychopathology, PSY 535 Principles & Techniques of Counseling, CAT 677 Methods and Research, CAT 684 Foundations of Play Therapy, and CAT 685 Contemporary Issues in Play Therapy. His clinical and research interests include play therapy, filial therapy, school-based prevention, and clinical supervision. Dr. Demanchick was awarded the American Association of Play Therapy Service Award for 2011. He was also just appointed to co edit the "The Person-Centered Journal (PCJ), the oldest continuously running person-centered peer reviewed publication in English and is sponsored by the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA) to promote and disseminate scholarly thinking about person-centered principles, practices, and philosophy" (www.adpca.org). As well, Dr. Demanchick has recently accepted the post as editor for International Journal of Play Therapy.
Dr. Betsey King, LCAT, MT-BC
Associate Professor Music Therapy
Office: Music House -25
Dr. King began her music career as a violinist, studying with Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been a board-certified music therapist since 1984, working in a wide range of clinical areas including special education, physical rehabilitation, medical, forensic and gerontology settings. As the co-founder of Prelude Music Therapy, Dr. King has created and authored songbooks, therapy materials, and instructional texts, and she is a frequent workshop leader and journal author. With Kathleen Coleman, she is the author of the SEMTAP: Special Education Music Therapy Assessment Process, an evaluation tool now in use across the country. Her book, Music Therapy: Another Path to Learning and Communication for Children in the Autism Spectrum is in its third printing with Future Horizons, Inc. Prior to coming to Nazareth, she served as assistant professor and head of the Music Therapy Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her current research interests focuses on the use of music therapy in adult-onset speech-language disorders.
Dr. Renee van der Vennet , ATR-BC, LCAT, LMHC, LPC, CGP
Assistant Professor of Art Therapy
Renée van der Vennet has a Ph.D. in Human Services specializing in Professional Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and LPC approved supervisor in the State of Texas, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Licensed Creative Art Therapist (LCAT), and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP).
She has experience facilitating and co-facilitating individual and group counseling and therapy with diverse populations, both children and adults in crisis and trauma, dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence, people with psychiatric illnesses, and adults dealing with chemical dependency and grief issues. She also works with people exploring personal growth. Most recently she worked at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center as a Program Therapist providing individual and grief therapy for adults dealing with addiction issues. Her teaching experience includes the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the Jung Center. Dr. van der Vennet worked as a Research Scientist in Chemistry for Shell Oil Company prior to becoming a psychotherapist.
Her research interests include the areas of secondary trauma, burnout, dreams, creativity, and art therapy. She is especially interested in outcome studies on the efficacy of art therapy.
Elizabeth Montella Mott, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Assistant Clinic Professor of Art Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2541. 585 389 2375
Elizabeth Montella Mott is Clinical Instructor and Site Coordinator for internship placement at Nazareth College. She is a graduate of State University of Buffalo's Art Therapy program. Ms. Mott was an adjunct in the Special Education program at Nazareth College from 1990-1994. She worked as an art therapist at Crestwood Children's Center from 1986 until 2006, is currently in private practice and specializes in art therapy with dually diagnosed, emotionally disturbed children aged 3-21.
Laurie Keough, MSEd, LCAT, MT-BC
Asst Clinical Professor of Music Therapy
Prior to joining the Nazareth College faculty, Laurie Keough spent 19 years working as a Board-Certified Music Therapist in the Rochester area. She has spent a number of years specializing in the application of music therapy in special education, particularly in the areas of multiple/physical disabilities, autism, and behavioral challenges. She also has experience in general medical, psychiatric, traumatic brain injury, and gerontology settings.
In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Keough has supervised music therapy students from Nazareth College for 18 years, and has more recently been the Music Therapy Internship Director at the Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, New York.
Ms. Keough is a regular guest speaker at Eastman School of Music and at regional schools and workshops. She has also presented at conferences for the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region.
Ms. Keough obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy and Master of Science in Education from Nazareth College. In addition to her certification and licensure as a music therapist, she holds certification in special education and music education.
Robin B. Shiffrin M.S. Ed., M.S. MFT, LMFT
Visiting Instructor in Art Therapy
Robin B. Shiffrin is an assistant professor and part time faculty member at Nazareth College and teaches CAT 526, Family Therapy and Counseling Techniques. Ms. Shiffrin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, also working with families through the Spencerport Family Support Center. She has a B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies, an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an second M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A former educator, Ms. Shiffrin has over thirty years of experience working with children and families in varying capacities. Her private practice allows her to work with individuals, couples and families. A special focus for her is working with individuals and families around transitional issues. She has been involved in teaching parenting classes, and has co-authored a Jewish leader's guide to the teen parenting program: Please Stop the Rollercoaster: How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride.
Pat Bishop, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Lecturer in Art Therapy
Patricia A. Bishop, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT is adjunct faculty and an artist who earned her BS in studio art and later her MS in art therapy at Nazareth College. She has provided art therapy for individuals, groups, and families in residential (Hillside Children’s Center), inpatient (Rochester Psychiatric Center), outpatient day treatment and partial hospitalization (Rochester Rehabilitation Center) mental health settings since 1995. Clinical experience as an Art Therapist and Primary Therapist treating chronic and acute mental illness includes ADHD, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and major depression, general anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic and schizophrenic thought disorders. She is an Art Psychotherapist in private practice at Brighton Pathways to Health http://www.brightonpathwaystohealth.com/ and specializes in use of creative arts therapy to identify and regulate disordered thoughts and moods.
Dr. Patricia Caballero Schillaci, R-DMT
Patricia Caballero Schillaci is a registered dance/movement therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association and a certified dance educator of the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Dr. Schillaci holds an Ed.D. in Health and Behavior Studies and an M.A. in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in Psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Her extensive classical and modern dance experience, richly woven with yoga, Pilates, and Body Mind Centering has been used to tailor therapeutic movement programs for many populations, including, performing artists, athletes, and patients with musculoskeletal injury, stroke, and cancer for over 15 years. She most recently worked counseling underprivileged perinatal women in East Harlem, New York where her program to enrich pregnancy experiences led to a First Prize from the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Foundation. As a teacher and choreographer, Dr. Schillaci spent 20 years working with youth in Los Angeles where she co-founded a non-profit dance theater group. Her clinical and research interests include mental health in minority populations, culture and health, maternal-infant bonding and attachment, movement patterns and the psyche, and dance therapy for chronic illness and stress.
Anne Coltre, MS, ADTR, LMHC, LCAT
Anne Coltre is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College. She has been active in the area of dance and Dance Movement Therapy since the late 1970s. Founder of the Rochester Dance Collective in 1980, she was the first dancer to receive a grant in the Arts Reach Program while teaching dance in several area colleges including SUNY Brockport. A graduate of Antioch New England Graduate school in 1985, she brought Dance Movement Therapy to many local mental health institutions including Genesee Mental Health, Monroe Community Hospital, Park Ridge Mental Health and The Jewish Home Adult Day Program where she was the recipient of the 1997 Fieldmen Foundation Award. She was employed at Hillside Children's Center for 11 years where she worked as a Dance Movement Therapist with children, adolescents and their families. Ms. Coltre is 'DBT Intensively Trained', and combines counseling, the creative arts therapies and DBT skills in her private practice, where she works with adults, children and adolescents.
Lori Higgins, MS, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Lecturer in Art Therapy
Ms. Higgins is a recipient of the "Award for Excellence in Art Therapy" from Nazareth College of Rochester, She holds a second Master's of Science degree in Special Education, specializing in emotional and behavioral disorders. Her background includes employment as the director of an adolescent boys unit at Gerard of Minnesota, a residential psychiatric treatment hospital for children and adolescents. Ms. Higgins also has over fifteen years with special needs children and adults, home-based family therapy, crisis line advocacy and co-facilitation of group therapy for emergency services and domestic violence.
Sharon F. Scott, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Sharon F. Scott is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College and teaches ATR 506-508. Ms. Scott is an artist/photographer and completed her undergraduate work in Studio Art at Nazareth College and received her MS in Art Therapy from the Nazareth College Art Therapy Program. Ms. Scott developed and directs a studio based art therapy program at Heritage Christian Services, Inc. Ms. Scott specializes in providing individual and group art therapy services for dually diagnosed developmentally disabled adults throughout the life cycle.
Stella Stepney, MS,, ATR-BC, LCAT
Lecturer in Art Therapy
Stella A. Stepney is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College. Ms. Stepney is a graduate of the Nazareth College Graduate Art Therapy Program and is a recipient of the "Award for Excellence in Art Therapy" from Nazareth College. She holds a New York State Teacher Certification in Art Education. Ms. Stepney is the author of Art Therapy with Students At Risk:: Fostering Resilience and Growth Through Self-Expression. Ms. Stepney practiced, as a primary therapist, at Crestwood Children's Center in Rochester, NY. She has extensive experience in using creative arts therapy with children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, behavioral challenges, and mental disorders. Ms. Stepney developed the “Creative Art: Growth Through Self-Expression” visual arts program for children and adolescents of Sojourner House for Women in Rochester, NY. Ms. Stepney is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She currently serves as a Director on American Art Therapy Association's Board of Directors. Ms. Stepney is a member of the American Counseling Association and two of its affiliate divisions, the Association for Creativity in Counseling and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. Ms. Stepney is a member of America’s Promise Alliance, 15 in 5 Campaign Network for dropout prevention.
Robert Whiteside, MFA, ATR-BC. LCAT
Robert Whiteside is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College and teaches CAT 688,Contemporary Issues in Art Therapy: Advanced Studio Painting. Mr. Whiteside is also an adjunct professor of Fine Art at Monroe Community College, as well as an art therapist at the Jewish Home of Rochester Mr. Whiteside, an accomplished painter and sculptor, holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology as well as a a post master's certification in Art Therapy from Nazareth College. He has had the opportunity to reside in and study the art of many cultures, including Japan, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Mr. Whiteside has exhibited in one person and juried group exhibitions throughout New York State, Florida and Italy, and is a renowned painter and sculptor.
Sheri Kreher, MSW
Lecturer in Art Therapy
Sheri Kreher, LMSW, is a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and a Certified Phoenix Rising Group Facilitator, representing over 1500 hours of training. She has also mentored Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist students-in-training. Sheri provides individual sessions, group classes, workshops, and retreats. She teaches a monthly “Yoga for Stress Management” class and specialized programs such as Partner Yoga at Blue Lotus Yoga in Pittsford.
Sheri also has over 15 years as a Licensed Master of Social Work, with experience with family interventions, eating disorders, bereavement, and both acute and general mental health care. She currently works at a Unity Health System mental health clinic providing mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and psychotherapy.