Art Therapy for Abandoned Boys (May 23 & 24, 2015)
Gloria De Pietro is the author of Abandoned: The Story of Boys Forgotten, the tales of four boys who received art therapy from her while they lived in a residential treatment center. Ms. Di Pietro first encountered art when she suffered a near fatal illness as a child; the nurses at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City had set up an art corner for their young patients. She determined then to become a visual artist, which became her career until September 11, 2001. After the World Trade Center collapse, witnessed by many children, there was a call for art therapists to help these children recover. Ms. De Pietro went back to school and became an art therapist, someone who uses art to help subjects uncover and understand their own problems. Her book chronicles what she learned from four of the boys who had been abandoned by their own families as she worked with them.