Betty is a honors Bachelors of Fine Arts and Licensed Master's of Social Work graduate with 10 years mental health clinical and policy experience and 15 years art experience. She is versed in mental health policy, LMSW license preparation, therapy, painting, digital media painting, drawing and printmaking. She prides herself in helping students and professionals to rise to the next level of their education or career and find joy and purpose in their learning experiences.
Awards: Humanitarian Award for engaging in Global Mental Health, NY State recognition for Community Service for people with disabilities, Kossak painting fellowships.
Presentations: Clubhouse International Seminar presenter on Supported Education, Board membership and fundraising, Disability Inclusion Seminars, NYAPRS presenter on engaging young adults and incorporating mileiu therapy, Anti-Racism and Anti-Ableism trainings.
Certifications/Degrees: Licensed MSW, Peer Specialist and Peer Supervisor certificates, Anti-racism certification.
Art Specialties: Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Gauche Painting, Watercolor, Performance Art, Installation Art
Betty loves teaching - she gets incredible enjoyment watching someone learn something new and learn how to play with new mediums or apply their social work or mental health policy to their work.
Betty helped me get into art school. I wanted to go to art school, but I was afraid my art was not good enough. I was only drawing cartoons and anime, and she helped me start painting and drawing in many different styles and subjects and helped me find my own style. She helped me build a portfolio and I got into art school. I'm hoping to go to graduate school for an MFA next.
1. Consultation - finding out what a prospective student would like to focus on, what their strenghts and struggles are and what type of time commitment they would like.
2. Setting up a weekly schedule and learning objectives
3. Engaging in learning process.
Betty has is a licensed social worker working as an LMSW. She is trained as a peer supervisor, and has anti-racism training, psychanalytic training, CBT training, LMSW prep training. She has an extensive background in direct service with individuals with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, major depression, early psychosis, and personality disorder.
She has advanced education in Fine Arts, including a BFA from Hunter College, individual study at the Art Students League, Lower East Side Print Shop, and Studio One. Betty has focused on Painting, Drawing, Performance, Digital Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Installation.
$50/hour. Exceptions made for low income students.
Betty started teaching art in 2004 in Bedstuy, Brooklyn to children in the neighborhood who did not have access to art and did not attend afterschool programs. She partnered with a local store to use space to set up tables and materials for children age 10-15 in the neighborhood. The art classes were successful and started to build a community around children making art and showing off their work. Since then she has taught art in various academic and social programs and founded an art studio program for people with disabilities.
Betty has taught art to adults and children age 10-18. She works with Social Work MSW and BSW students to aid them in completion of their studies and exam preparation. She helps social workers who are working in the field to understand mental health policy and practice.