The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt Staff Co-Author Recently Published Paper

July 15, 2014 —
Two current employees on The Retreat, Christy Bergland, MCAT, MFA and Maria Mouratidis, PsyD, along with former staff member Jessica I. Heckwolf, MA, recently had a paper they co-authored published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41 (2014) 329–335. The paper, titled “Coordinating principles of art therapy and DBT”, uses a case study to highlight how the use of art therapy in conjunction with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) may aid in the delivery of therapy, reinforce skill retention, and support treatment team synergy. A copy of the article abstract is shown below. For additional information, please contact The Retreat’s Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Bill Kerrigan, at 410-938-4606.


Coordinating treatment modalities may offer patients more than what any one treatment may offer alone. Art therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are effective treatments for a wide range of clinical disorders and are often applied in conjunction with other forms of therapy. Common clinical symptoms, such as emotional dysregulation, may be particularly amenable to a combined art therapy and DBT approach. Informed by the theoretical foundations of interdisciplinary care including both art therapy and DBT, this paper offers an approach and examples of strategic use of art therapy and DBT together as part of an interdisciplinary treatment plan. Advantages of using treatments simultaneously may include reinforcement of learning skills, contribution to interdisciplinary team synergy, and enactment of bilateral integration. A common factor approach is used to coordinate theoretical principles of art therapy and DBT and a case study illustrates coordination of the two therapeutic approaches. Implications for populations at varying levels of care are discussed

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