Nicole Porter Willcox, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT
2013- Present Emerald Sketch A.R.T. (Art therapy Response Team), Inc. Brooklyn, NY
Creative Director training Art therapists in all phases of professional development on the implementation of effective clinical Art therapy response treatment post community massacre. Facilitates the mobilization and supervision of team clinicians to engage communities in need of trauma services immediately.
3/2013- Present The Emerald Sketch, LLC Sandy Hook, CT
Clinical Director providing art therapy education workshops to the Sandy Hook/ Newtown community, organizing, facilitating, and supervising small art therapy groups, family, and individual sessions for all different ages.
12/20-12/29/12 Sandy Hook Healing Project, Newtown, CT
Director of Child Therapy, providing services for walk-in community members, in addition to screening and scheduling child trauma specialists
5/2012- Present Porter art therapy, New York, NY
Blog Private Art Therapy Practitioner for all ages & Art Therapy Supervisor.
6/2008- 6/2013 Behavioral Analysis & Therapy Partners, Bala Cynwyd, PA,
Art Therapy combining Analytical behavioral techniques for individuals, children, adults, couples and families. Disorders frequently treated include Major Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trichotillomania, Attention Hyper Activity Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Bi-Polar Disorder, Eating Disorders, & Personality Disorders.
6/2009- 7/2011 Belmont Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA
Art therapist providing group art therapy sessions on psychiatric in-patient units including, early intervention, adolescent and eating disordered.
7/2008- 7/2011 Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Art psychotherapist for adult and geriatric psychiatric in-patient units.
8/2006- 8/2008 The Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Philadelphia, PA
Implemented Art Therapy at the Therapeutic Nursery with three-five year olds appearing high- risk in need of early intervention. This nursery is a day program for 52 children, most of which display developmental delays, as well as symptoms of trauma & neglect. Nicole initiated an art therapy program as providing group art therapy sessions for all classrooms and individual art therapy for increased risk children.
1/2004- 6/2004 Philadelphia Community School, Ardmore, PA
Interned as an Art Therapist for Adolescence diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
9/2003- 12/2003 Paoli Hospital Psychiatric Unit, Paoli, PA
Art Therapy intern facilitating Adult group therapy sessions and individual art therapy assessments.
1/2013- Present Founder, Principal Art therapist, The Emerald Sketch, LLC & Emerald Sketch A.R.T., Inc. Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT
Director establishing an art therapy presence for the community through speaking, writing, outreach, coordinating, budgeting and maintaining access to art therapy.
12/18- 12/29/2012 Director of Child and Family Therapy, Sandy Hook Healing Project, Newtown, CT
Created a Child Therapy Program designed for immediate attention to the community’s trauma in the days following the school shootings
∙ Screened and scheduled child trauma specialists
∙ Provided pro bono art therapy services for children and adults on a walk-in basis
12/2009- 12/2012 Behavior Analysis & Therapy Partners, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Director of Outpatient Services, developed this outpatient department with Dr. Joseph Cautilli, and continued to facilitate, including referrals and scheduling for seven additional clinicians.
11/04-6/2006 Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program, Settlement Music School, Germantown, PA
Project Director, organizing and facilitating the start of a new Head Start project location.
Summer 2005 Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer, NJ
Head of Visual Arts, facilitating 22 faculty overseeing more than 100 children. The Summer Curriculum offers studio courses in Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, & Costume Design.
5/2014-Present Clinical On-Site Supervisor, New York University, NYC, NY
3/2013-Present Emerald Sketch, LLC, Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT
Ongoing clinical supervision and professional training, as well as implementation of effective Community Outreach to educate general adult population on the effects of trauma and how art therapy heals trauma.
9/2009- 5/2012 Clinical Off-Site Supervisor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
9/2008- 7/2011 Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia PA
Creative Arts Therapy Educator for Psychiatry & Medical residents, facilitating experiential workshops and discussion panels.
8/2006 Girl Scouts of Chicago, Illinois
Directed multi media art courses for large groups of female students ages 7-17, including one outdoor mural installation.
7/2006 Appel Farm Arts & Music Center,Elmer, NJ
Lead Muralist organizing and facilitating mural painting with individual ages 9-55.
9/2004- 6/2006 Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program , Settlement Music School
Art Teacher & Researcher for head start children ages 3-5.
9/2004- 6/2007 Teacher Training Institute for the Arts, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching instructor for early education and elementary school teachers to improve how they use the creative arts in the classroom.
“Immediate Needs: Bridging the Post Crisis Gap” (2014). West Chester Art
therapy Association Conference, All Day Advanced Practice Course, New Rochelle, NY
“Mobilizing Expressive Arts Therapies for Post Crisis Community Support” (2014). 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit, Workshop, NYC, NY
“Art & Soul, Art as therapy” (2014). Pallavanjali Conference, Two Day Camp, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India
“Art therapy & Soul Workshop” (2014). Pallavan Conference, All Day Workshop, Jhalawar, Rhajasthan, India
“Art therapy, Crisis Response and Trauma” (2013). New Jersey Art therapy
Association Conference, Experiential Workshop, Newark, NJ
“Sandy Hook Shooting Aftermath: Art & Music Therapy in Crisis Response” (2013). Expressive Therapies Summit 4th Annual Conference, Workshop, NYC, NY
“Secure Remembrance: An Art Therapy Approach to Treating Complex Trauma” (2013). AATA 44th Annual Conference, All Day Advanced Practice Course, Seattle, WA (invited).
“Becoming an Art therapist and Understanding how Art therapy works” (2010). Guilford College Art Department Alumni Conference, Workshop, Greensboro, NC.
“Setting Up the Community Reinforcement Approach in an Outpatient Clinic for Addiction” (2010). ABAI 36th Annual Convention, Symposium, San Antonio, TX (invited).
“Emerald Sketch Safe Places Capitol Exhibit”, Paper Sculptures, Large Scale (12/13/2013). Emerald Sketch sponsored Exhibit and Event, Hartford State Capitol, Hall of Flags and North Hall, Hartford, Connecticut
“Gay Head Light”, watercolor painting, 7″ x 9″ (8/3-9/4/2012). The Calvert Marine Museum Juried Exhibition: National Lighthouse Day, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland
“First”, oil painting, 18”x 24” (1/19- 2/28th2010). 4th Guilford College Juried Alumni Exhibit, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina http://www2.guilford.edu/artgallery/Exhibitions/Alumni%202010/nicole_willcox.htm
Willcox, N.P. (2009, April 1). Confronting Mental Illness In Philadelphia. The Bulletin, p. 4.
May 2008 MA, Drexel University, Art Therapy Thesis: An Art Therapy Narrative Single Case Study of One Pre-Kindergarten Child with symptoms of Expressive Language Disorder. Advisor: Dr. Nancy Gerber
May 2002 BFA, Guilford College, Sculpture
BA, Guilford College, Psychology
Summer 2001 University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, Two courses
May 1999 University of Delaware, Transfer
TRAUMA SPECIFIC TRAININGS/SUPERVISION
- 20 Dec, 2012- Present, Private Supervision for Clinical Art Therapy in response to 12/14, Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC
- 8 Mar, 2013- Present, Private Supervision for Clinical Art Therapy in response to 12/14, Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD
- 10 Nov, 2012: Neurobiological Interventions for Processing Trauma through Art, Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, LMFT
- 9 Nov, 2012: Symposium: Neuroscience and the Therapeutic Power of the Arts, Eleanor C. Irwin, PhD, RDT, TEP, Chairperson, Christopher M. Belkofer, PhD, ATR, LPC, Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, LMFT, Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, Kalila Homann, MA, BC-DMT, LPC-S, Louise Montello, DA, MT-BC, LP, LCAT, James M. Nobel, MD, MS, CPH, Paul Nolan, MCAT, MT-BC, LPC, Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, Benedikte B. Scheiby, MA, MMEd, DPMT, CMT, LCAT
- 8 Nov, 2012: Child Art Therapy: Helping Children and Families Grow, Judith A. Rubin (included a brief overview of modes of trauma intervention for families when discovering challenges and opportunities of treating children in the 21st century)
- Spring, 2010: Operation Military K.I.D.S. Ready, Set, Go, sponsored Behavioral Analysis & Therapy Partners
- 2007, 2006: Sanctuary Model: Trauma-Informed Approach, sponsored by CcTC
- Fall 2005: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s Core Curriculum Training
- Summer 2004- 2010, Private Supervision for Trauma-focused Art Therapy, Bob Schoenholtz, MS, ATR-BC, LPC
- Spring 2004, SAMSHA trauma specialist presentation, hosted as part of coursework at Hahnemann
ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
6/2002- present Self-employed Artist
9/2004- 6/2005 Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program, Family advocate
8/2002- 6/2003 Devon Family Practice, Phlebotomist/lab-tech
9/1999- 5/2002 Urgent Medical & Family Care Center, Clinical assistant