Dr. Lucy Barbera

"Dr. Barbera is both passionate and extremely knowledgeable about creative arts therapy.  Humorous and inspiring in her teaching, bringing a broad range of techniques of her own and visiting practitioners to classes." (Student)

" In my experience of Dr. Barbera,  as a Creative Arts Therapist. I have found her to be a highly sensitive, caring and professional."
(Client)

What Kind Of Training Do Creative Arts Therapists Have?

"Creative arts therapists are trained in psychotherapy and in specific arts disciplines, which may include dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and art therapy. They have training in areas that include clinical practice and human development as well as the use of the creative arts to provide appropriate services, and multicultural and artistic traditions."

State Education Office of Professions

Certificate Program​

Dr. Barbera  is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.  Dr. Barbera serves on the faculty of the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Graduate Program at the State University of New York, at New Paltz,  and for the last seventeen years, she has developed and teaches courses in Expressive Arts for Social Justice Teacher Education and Expressive Art Therapy.  As well as being a Social Justice Educator, Dr. Barbera is  an artist-ethnographic researcher, writer, and art therapist, in private practice.  

Dr. Barbera Directs thePost-Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Creative Arts Therapy at Adelphi University's School of Social Work Hudson Valley Center, in Poughkeepsie, New York and The Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program at Ulster BOCES Adult Education Career Center in Port Ewen, New York.
Dr. Barbera is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Electronic Dissertation and Thesis Association (EDT) for her Doctoral Dissertation:Palpable Pedagogy: Expressive Arts, Leadership, and Change in Social Justice Teacher Education (An Ethnographic/Auto-Ethnographic Study of the Classroom Culture of an Arts-Based Teacher Education Course).  She is also the author of Expressive Arts in Teacher Education: Cultivating Social Justice Leadership (2011), Lambert Academic Publishing, which is based on her dissertation.Type your paragraph here.