10/84               Masters Degree - Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

12/81               Bachelors of Art - Hood College, Frederick, MD


                             Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor

                                    Licensed Professional Counselor

                                    Registered Art Therapist            


04/07 – Present           The Center 36 Creative Arts Network, LLC   WaldwickNJ  07463

The center offers therapeutic and educational service for adults, teens, children and families.  Creative arts therapy, play and counseling are treatment modalities within this setting. 

9/0706/12                Visiting Instructor – Montclair StateUniversity

                                                Department of Child and Family Studies

                                                Montclair, NJ  07043                                                 

1/09 – 1/10                  Adjunct Professor – College of New Rochelle

                                                Division of Graduate Art and Communication Studies

                                                New Rochelle, NY  10805

03/06–6/08                  Clinical Supervisor – Youth Consultation Services;

Department of Addiction Services East Orange, NJ  07018    

Developed and implemented programming with focus upon Creative Art Therapy within addictions treatment.  Provided counseling for clients and family members regarding substance abuse and addiction.  Contributed to program development writing grants and coordinating prevention / intervention programs for family members and children such as “Strengthening Families Program” a national evidence based program      

11/93-03/07                 Chief Child Life Services, Hackensack University MedicalCenter,

Department of Pediatrics, Hackensack, NJ,  07601     -Coordinator of all operational, administrative and fiscal responsibilities in The Department of Pediatrics Child Life Services.  Created, developed and implemented psychosocial services for infants, children and adolescents.  Provided overall clinical supervision and patient care. Coordinated internship program for graduate and undergraduate students within the Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy Services.     

09/07 – 01/08              Visiting Instructor – School of Visual Arts

                                                New York, New York

1998-5/06                    Assistant Professor - Pratt Institute Creative Arts Therapy

                                                Brooklyn, NY                                                              

2000- 2001                  Advisory Council Member – Optimum Health

                                                Hackensack, NJ

8/98-5/00                     Administrator & Instructor, CaldwellCollege Art Therapy Program Caldwell, NJ

-Coordinator of all operational, administrative and academic responsibilities in the Art Therapy Program.  - Interfaces with Chairpersons in psychology, counseling and graduate studies departments

1993-1998                   Visiting Instructor-Pratt Institute Creative Arts Therapy

                                                Brooklyn, NY

- Provided first year group and individual supervision for art therapy graduate students.  Integrating clinical experience with theoretical


1/90-5/94                     Private Practice in Hackensack, NJ.                                                                                        Art Therapy for children and adolescents.

12/86-11/94                 Supervisor, Child Life Specialist/Art Therapist                        Hackensack Hospital, Hackensack, NJ, 07601

-Tomorrows Children’s Institute, Hackensack, NJ  07601                          Created, developed and implemented Child Life programming at Hackensack University Medical Center for Tomorrows Children’s Institute.  - Provided art and play therapy for pediatric oncology patients - group and individual sessions. - Supervised creative art therapists and child life specialists.  Coordinated and supervised graduate internship program.

2/85-12/86                               Art Therapist – Youth Consultation Services –

Holley Child Care Hackensack, NJ07601

Responsibilities included leading art therapy group, individual therapy sessions, and supervised art therapy interns.


Spring 2007     Child Life Focus Spring 2007; 25: #2 1-8

                        Child Life Specialist:  Advocator, Educator and Supporter of Children Confronting the Dying and Death of a Loved One

12/06   Leeuwenburgh, E., Omens, S., Goldring, G., Fogel, A., Mondanaro, J., Lynch, T. Kanazawa, M.

                        The Health Professions: Trends and Opportunities in U.S. Health Care; Editor- Chisolm, 

Chapter 21: Creative Arts Therapies:  397-424

Jones and Bartlett Publications:  Boston, MA

09/05   Leeuwenburgh, E.  and Goldring, G.(2005)   Why Did You Die?

 A Children’s Bereavement Workbook

Instant Help Publications: Norwalk, CT 

8/00                 Home Health Care Management & Practice 2000; 12: 40-45

                        Children, Art, and Home Health Care: The Universal Language


12/00               Music Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Edited by: Joanne Loewy

Chapter 3 “Music therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Family Centered Care Approach”  39-50

Beth Israel Medical Center ã 2000

1993                The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 20 Issue 4

Book Review:  “Playing for Real: The World of a Child Therapist”      345-346

1989                The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 16, #4

                        Book Review:  “The Art of Grief” 333





11/2013                 St. Thomas Aquinas

                                Mindfulness and Art Therapy

                                Sparkill, New York 10976


04/11                     New Jersey S.P.O.A.K Presentation

                                The Use of Art as a Tool to Explore Illness and Allergies

                                Washington Township, NJ


12/10 – 01/11      Art = Therapy

New Jersey Art Therapy Association

                                Riverdale ArtCenter Juried Art Show

                                2 Newark-Pompton Turnpike

                                Riverdale, NJ  07457


12/09                     New Jersey Maternal Health Care Consortium

                                Center 36 Creative Arts Network - Waldwick, NJ  07463

                                Stress Reduction using the Arts and other Creative Methods

                                Training for Nursing and Social Work Group Facilitators


10/09                     New Jersey Art Educators Annual Conference

                                Summit, New Jersey

                                Grief through the Eyes and Hearts of Children -Workshop

                                Art Supporting Children’s Grieving - Presentation


08/04/09               Beth Israel Symposium: Music Therapy and Child Life:  Effective Treatment Integration

                                New York, New York

                                Children and Adolescents Confronting Death and Dying


10/08                     New Jersey Art Therapy Association

                                Lakewood, New Jersey

                                Phototherapy Workshop


3/08                        American Counseling Associations Annual Conference

                                Honolulu, Hawaii

                                When Words are not Enough; Enhancing your practice through Art and Creativity


5/06                        Child Life 24th Annual Conference

                                Dallas, Texas

                                Full Day Intensive:  Clinical Supervision


2/06                        2006 National Conference addressing: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDS)                                                  Sudden Unexpected Deaht in Infancy (SUDI)

                                Philadelphia, PA. 

                                Grief through the Eyes and Hearts of Children:  Professional’s Presentation

                                Grief through the Eyes and Hearts of Children:  Parent’s Presentation


10/05                     Child Life Directors Networking Retreat

                                Scottsdale, Arizona

                                Planning Committee Member and “Development of Clinical Supervision Groups” Roundtable discussion group


O6/05                     Child Life 23rd Annual Conference on Professional Issues

                                Nashville, Tenn.

                                “Masters Clinical Supervision Half Day Intensive”


04/04                     AntiochNew England GraduateSchool

                                Keene, New Hampshire

                                Weekend Intensive:  Introduction to Art Therapy


10 / 03                   Child Life Directors Networking Retreat

                                Scottsdale, Arizona

                                “Creative Staffing of Child Life Programs”


11/02                     American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference

                                Washington, D.C

                                Supervision Group:  Medical Art Therapy Session


11/02                     Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance: 2002 National Conference

                                Orlando, Florida

                                Sibling’s Presentation: Doll Making, Sibling Memorial Quilt &

Picture Perfect- Photo-therapy Session

                                Parent’s Presentation: Grief through the Eyes and Hearts of Children


10/02                     HackensackUniversity MedicalCenter: Pediatric Grand Rounds:              Reach Out and Read: An Early Intervention Program


09/02                     HackensackUniversity MedicalCenter:  Complementary Medicine Program

                                Planetree Affiliate Creative Expression Art Exhibit- Watercolor Exhibit-

The Center for Health and Healing


5/02                        Developmental – Behavioral Disorders & A Spectrum of Pediatric Challenges

                                Twentieth Annual Pediatric Conference

                                Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

                                “Guidelines to Enhance Pediatric Care: Psychosocial Programming for Patients and Their Families” A Workshop


5/02                        New Jersey Department of Education professional Development Service

                                The Record: NIE (Newspaper in Education) Conference 2002

                                “The Art of Character Development: Visual Arts as a Therapeutic Tool in the School Setting”    


3/02                        The New Jersey Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Program at Caldwell College: Conference, Art Therapy in New Jersey: Bringing It Home

                                Breakout Session: “The Use of Doll Making In Bereavement Art Therapy”


11/01                     The 2001 Northeast Regional Convention: Finding Our Way Forward

                                                Addressing the Issues of SIDS and Unexpected Death from Birth to Three

                                                The Crowne Plaza Meadowlands, Secaucus, New Jersey

Breakout Session: “Good Grief” Supporting Grieving Children in the Community                           


6/01                        New Jersey Department of Human Services: Office of Education

                                Summer Conference:  “Creating Schools of Quality”

                                Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 

                                Breakout Session “The Art of Creatively Coping: The Use of Visual Arts as a Therapeutic Tool within a School Setting”


3/01                        Union City Board of Education: Preschool Educators

                                Union City, New Jersey

Workshops “Creatively Coping: The Art of Behavior Management in the Classroom”


3/01                        TeaneckCommunity EducationCenter

                                Teaneck, NJ  07666

                                Workshop “Reducing the Impact of Divorce on Children”


11/00                     Children’s Summit II

                                Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

                                Presentation: “Good Grief: Grieving Support in Schools”


                11/00                     Guest lecture: RooseveltSchool,

River Edge, New Jersey

                                                Presentation: “Good Grief: Grieving Support in Schools”


10/00                     Department of Medical and Organizational Education present: Communicating Bad News: How to Ease an Uneasy Situation,

Hackensack, New Jersey

Presentation:  Family Centered Approach to Anticipatory Grief: Communicating Bad News to Children and Adolescents


10/00                     The 13th Annual New Jersey SIDS Conference

                                New Brunswick, New Jersey

                                Home Health Bereavement Re-certification


4/00                        The SIDS Alliance 2000 National Conference

                                                Salt Lake City, Utah

                                                Workshop:  Healing through Doll Making


                2/00                        Caldwell College“Healing Losses: Artwork of Therapists and Clients”          

                                                The Vincent Viscerglia Gallery at Caldwell College, Caldwell, New Jersey

Created a juried exhibition of artwork by art therapist and their clients dealing with issues of loss with Gallery Director and Fine Art Professor, Kendall Baker. 

3/00                        Pratt Institute: Passion in Work Expo and Spring Institute

                                Brooklyn, New York

        Passion for the Integration of Identities: A Workshop for                 Working Mothers


                11/99                     The 30th American Art Therapy Association Conference


Workshop:  Working Mother’s Sense of Self

Presentation:  Survey of Undergraduate Art Therapy Educators


10/99                     12th Annual New Jersey Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Conference

                                Saint Peter’s University Hospital, NJ

                                Presentation:  “Hello Dollie” Art and Play Therapy for Siblings


4/98                        11th Annual Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Conference of New Jersey

                                Seton Hall University, NJ

                                Presentation:  “Good Mourning Workshop and Weaving”

4/97                        10th Annual Perspectives on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

                 St. Peter’s Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ

                                Presentation:  “Hello Dollie” Art and Play Therapy for Siblings


3/97                        Montclair State University, NJ

                                Guest Lecture:  “Art & Play Therapy as a Therapeutic Intervention with



2/97                        Garden State Art Therapy Association

                                Presentation:  “Enriching Quality of Life: Doll Making, A Therapeutic



3/91-3/97              Pratt Institute, Graduate Creative Arts Therapy, Spring Institute, Brooklyn, NY

                                Lecture:  “Pediatric Art Therapy”


11/96                     The 27th American Art Therapy Association Conference

                                Philadelphia, PA

                                Presentation: Professional Options for Art Therapists - “Will Looking for a

                                Grant Work for You?”


11/96, 11/95         Pediatric Oncology Nursing Conference - Hackensack University Medical                                          Center,                Hackensack, NJ

                                Presentation:  “Pediatric Art Therapy”


6/96                        The Fourth SIDS International Conference, Bethesda, MD

                                Committee Member for Memorial Service

                                Presentation:  “Children’s Art: Heavens to Betsy, A Creative Exploration,

                                Where Have All the Babies Gone?”


5/96                        Developmental-Behavioral Disorders and A Spectrum of Pediatric Challenges

                                14th Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC

                                Presented Workshop” “Enhancing Quality of Life: The Role of the Child

                                Life Specialist”

                                Plenary Session:  “Coping with Parent’s and Sibling’s Catastrophic Illness”


4/96                        College of New Rochelle, NY

                                Guest Lecture:  “Child Life and Art Therapy Interventions”


4/96                        Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers

                                20th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

                                “Social Workers and Art Therapists as Educators in the Medical Community:

                                An Educational Program Developed to Orient the Bone Marrow Transplant



4/96                        College of New Rochelle, NY

                                Master Class: Grant writing (and other options) for Art Therapists


5/95                        Co-author of grant application researching Psychosocial Support Groups in

                                Childhood Cancer.  Procured thirty-thousand dollar grant for Tomorrows

                                Children’s Institute from New JerseyState Commission on Cancer Research


5/95                        Association for the Care of Children’s Health

                                30th Anniversary Conference, Boston, MA

                                Presented:  “Imagination, Art and Medicine: Towards A Healing Dialogue

                                Within the Culture of Pediatric Health Care”


3/95                        Caldwell College, NJ

                                Guest lecture:  “Art Therapy with Bereaved Children”


2/94                        Pratt Institute, NY

                                Presented:  “Pediatric Art Therapy: The Development of Programs in

                                Medical Hospitals”


11/93                     The American Art Therapy Association

                                24th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

                                Panel Member: “Issues Confronting the Pediatric Art Therapist”


5/93                        New Jersey Association of school Social Workers

                                The 32nd Annual Spring Institute, Somerset, NJ

                                Presented:  “Art and Play Therapy Techniques: Addressing Death and



12/92                     Cancer Care, New York, NY

                                Guest Lecturer:  “Using Art and Play to Enrich the Development of a

                                Therapeutic Relationship”


11/92                     American Art Therapy Association 23rd Annual Conference

                                Presented:  “Exploring the Secret Underground of Siblings”

                                Panel Member:  “Training for Therapeutic Artistry”


4/92                        Kestenberg Movement Profile Conference, Antioch, NH

                                Presented:  “KMP in Art Therapy”


11/91                     School of Visual Arts, New York, NY