Creative Arts Therapist and Child Life Specialist, Pediatrics and Adult Palliative Care
Lauren D. Smith, M.P.S. is a Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinair. Lauren facilitates individual and group creative arts therapy sessions for children, adolescents and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings in order to support coping, reduce anxiety and promote developmentally appropriate normalization of experience in the hospital setting. Lauren also serves as core organizer and Director of Community Projects for the all-volunteer-run organization, Arts in Bushwick.
BA: B.A. Literature, Skidmore College 2001
MPS: M.P.S. Creative Arts Therapy & Creativity Development, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY 2014
Certification: Limited permit Creative Arts Therapist, 2014- present
Professional Organization Memberships
American Art Therapy Association, 2012-present
Narrative therapy, fiber & textile arts, ceramics, creative writing, community outreach
The Fiber-Based Narrative Art Therapy Intervention: A Neurobiological and Sociocultural Framework for Treating Trauma. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. May 2014
Adolescent Attachment and Loss: A Case Study Presentation. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. New York, NY.
Cultural Study: Bangladesh. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. New York, NY. January 2014
Finding Clues and Meanings: A Case Study Presentation. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. New York, NY. April 2014 December 2013
Reconstruction, Remembrance and Recovery: Treating Trauma Through Fiber-Based, Narrative Art Therapy Interventions. A Case Study Presentation. Village Care of New York. New York, NY. May 2013