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Christopher Beirne

Visiting Instructor


Clinical Specialist, Creative Arts Therapy, 2011-Present
Kessler Rehabilitation Center, West Orange
Founder of the creative arts therapy department. Facilitates art therapy in both individual and group sessions with a primary focus on the development of adaptive directives for people who have experienced brain injury and spinal cord injury. Facilitates bi-weekly individual Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) sessions with clients experiencing deficits of consciousness (DOC).

Creative Arts Therapist, January 2016 – July 2018
The Bridge, Veteran Services, Bronx, New York
Provided counseling and art therapy directives for veterans and civilians experiencing chronic homeless, substance abuse, PTSD and various psychiatric histories in a semi-independent housing facility.

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Faculty April 2018–2019
Trauma Theory: Brain, Mind & Body (five, 3 hour modules)
Expressive Modalities I ADT-463
In this course students are introduced to various approaches to trauma theory (from Charcot to van der Kolk) and how it might be applied to art therapy.
Adjunct Faculty, 2020
Professional and Clinical Supervision ethics 20/FA-ADT-663-11

Public Speaker, October – November 2018
American Art Therapy Association, 49th Annual Conference, Miami, Fl.
NY-TR6221 | Art Therapy in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting for Spinal Cord Injury

Public Speaker, October – November 2017
American Art Therapy Association, 48th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M.
N-MS3269 | Art Therapy in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting for Brain Injury.

Guest Lecturer, October 2017
Caldwell University, NJ
Graduate Level Lectures: Art Therapy in Acute Rehabilitation Setting

Pratt Institute 2009 – 2011
Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy
Yale University School of Art 1994 – 1995
Master of Fine Arts
San Francisco Art Institute 1987 – 1988
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Pratt Institute 1984 – 1985
Foundation Year