Margaret has over 25 years of experience as an art therapist working with individuals experiencing learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or dementia. Most recenlty, she developed the first art therapy program for adults experiencing cognitive and physical decline in a life plan community in Southern Arizona. Margaret is an active legislative advocate promoting legislation and funding to support underserved individuals, access to mental health services for all, and art therapy licensure in as many states as possible. She currently serves as Board President, of the American Art Therapy Association.
2014 - HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, Ed. D. - Educational Policy and Leadership
2006 - NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, Received New York State Licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist License Number 000208-1
2006 - NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, Received New York State Permanent Certificate in School Administration Certificate Number 056642273
2004 - COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE, Educational Administration Program SAS Certificate
1998 - ART THERAPY CREDENTIALS BOARD, INC - Received Board Certification Registration Number 98~167
1997- AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION, INC - Received Art Therapy Registration ID Number 12989
1995 - HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, MA- Creative Arts Therapy, Graduated with Distinction
1987 - MOLLOY COLLEGE, BA - Fine Art BA - Spanish, Graduated Magna cum Laude
Program Director - 2008-2014, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY., Creative Arts Therapy Graduate Program, Coordinate and administer graduate level programming including student recruitment and admissions, faculty recruitment and supervision, course development, internship placements and contract maintenance, administration, and instruction.
Adjunct Professor - 2000-2015, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY., Develop and instruct various courses in Creative Arts Therapy, Counseling, and Special Education programs at the graduate level.
Adjunct Instructor - 2001, Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY., Teach undergraduate level introductory art therapy course.
School Administrator/ Assistant Principal - 2001-2011, The Children’s Learning Center at ucpn, Roosevelt, NY., Coordinate all aspects of the Early Intervention program, supervise faculty, oversee creative arts therapy programming, plan and implement professional development schedules for all faculty and staff, assist with staff placements, interview and complete hiring procedures for creative arts therapy, teaching assistant and teacher aide positions, track and distribute employee evaluations for all staff, facilitate annual review meetings with families and school districts, act as a visitor liaison during special events, direct special projects and facilitate meetings as assigned.
Director of Recreation/ Art Therapist -1996-1999, Queens-Nassau Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Program, Far Rockaway, NY., Develop and facilitate art therapy programs for this facility and sister facility,Park Terrace Care Center, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs. Provide professional development in art therapy, participate in behavioral objective planning and crisis management teams, coordinate and supervise all recreational and social events for 200-bed facility, supervise department employees, maintain employee schedules, calendar of events, resident excursions, seasonal and daily departmental activities. Administrative responsibilities including initial assessments and quarterly progress notes on all clients, quality assurance reports, staff evaluations, and inter-departmental relations.
Director of Recreation - 1991-1994, Bayview Nursing Home of Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Island Park, NY., Coordinate and supervise all recreational and social events for 185-bed facility. Supervise department employees, maintain employee schedule, plan resident calendar of events, excursions, guest speakers, daily and seasonal departmental activities. Administrative responsibilities including quarterly progress notes on all clients, quality assurance reports, staff evaluations, inter- departmental relations and volunteer supervision.
Carlock-Russo, M.E. (2014). Addressing teachers’ understanding of students’ social-emotional development in a high needs district. HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY.
Carlock, M.E. (2005, September). Art Therapy for All, Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine, 7(8), 36.
October, 2018- Territory Neurology and Research Institute, Tucson, AZ- Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Communication Through Art Therapy
April, 2018- Connections Department, Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, Tucson, AZ- Benefits of Art Therapy for Older Adults
February, 2018- Tucson Botanical Gardens- Docent Education: Maximizing Creative Arts Interactions with Individuals with Dementia
November, 2017- American Art Therapy Association National Conference- Licensure and Advocacy for Art Therapy: Lessons from the Front Lines
October, 2017- Phoenix Art Museum- Docent Education: The Art of Connection: Fostering Relationships Between Museum Visitors and the Artworks They Encounter
August, 2017- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter Wellness Expo- Benefits of Art Therapy for Persons Living with MS
November, 2016- Suncheon, South Korea- 2016 Korea Eco-Environmental Art Festival (SEEAF) - Art as Therapy: Incorporating Natural Elements and Reusable Items in Art Therapy Practice
November, 2016- The Institute of Korea Arts Therapy, Seoul, South Korea- Keynote Lecture and All-Day Workshop- The Importance of Self-Awareness as Art Therapists
November, 2016- Gachon University, South Korea- Graduate Art Therapy Program- Guest Lecture- Determining Appropriate Media and Directives for Specific Client Needs
July, 2016- American Art Therapy Association National Conference Education Committee- Facilitator, Half-day Workshop
July, 2016- Community Panel, Splendido at Rancho Vistoso- What is Art Therapy and How Can it Benefit Older Adults?
June, 2016- Connections Department, Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, Benefits of Art Therapy for Older Adults
July, 2015- American Art Therapy Association National Conference Assembly of Chapters Presentation- Governmental Affairs Committee Advocacy Project Grant Program Education Committee- Facilitator, Half-day Workshop Presentation- Why Licensure and Advocacy for Art Therapy are Essential Presentation- Strategies for Implementing Revised Master’s Education Standards
February 2015- Northern Parkway Elementary School, Uniondale, New York Public School District- Staff Development Day: The Importance of Creative Arts in the Classroom
January 2015- New York Center for Child Development, NYC, NY- Staff Professional Development Panel: Social Emotional Learning
January 2015- KidsAtoZ Radio Show Presentation: Social Emotional Learning for Parents http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kidsatoz/2015/02/09/social-emotional-learning-panel- discussion-on-the-role-of-providers-and-parents-1
November 2014- Hagedorn Little Village School, Hicksville, NY- Art Therapy is... Lecture and Workshop
October 2014- World Congress of Art Therapy, Seoul, South Korea- Art Therapy in the United States: Advocating for the Art Therapy Profession
July, 2014- American Art Therapy Association National Conference Keynote Presentation- Governmental Affairs Plenary Session: The National Licensure Initiative- A Status Report Assembly of Chapters Presentation- Moving into the Future: Mobilizing Chapters for Legislative Change Presentation- The Art of Advocacy: Working Together to Influence Important Public Policies for Art Therapists
January 2014- Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY- Engaging Individuals with Multiple Disabilities in an Art Museum Experience
October 2013- New York State Council for Exceptional Children Convention- Understanding Diverse Students’ Social-emotional Development in a High Needs District
June, 2013- American Art Therapy Association National Conference Assembly of Chapters Presentation- The Art of Advocacy: Working Together to Influence Important Public Policies for Art Therapists Presentation- Asking Patients to Create
July, 2012- American Art Therapy Association National Conference Assembly of Chapters Presentation- An Art Therapy License: Getting from Here to There
June, 2010- New York Art Therapy Association Career Day- Presentation to Creative Arts Therapy recent graduates at New York University
April, 2009- New York Art Therapy Association Career Day- Presentation to Creative Arts Therapy Students, Hofstra University
Fall, 2009 and Spring, 2008- Elija Foundation Creative Arts Sibling Support Program- Pilot Program offering creative arts support groups for siblings of children with ASD
Spring, 2008- Hofstra University, Creative Arts Therapy Conference-Art Therapy with Individuals with Persistent Communication Difficulties
2006-Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus, NY- Art Therapy Program Presentation- Adaptations for Special Populations
2006- Westbury Public School District, Westbury, NY- Outreach Program, Community Pride Day- Mural Project
2006- The Children’s Learning Center, Roosevelt, NY- Faculty Professional Development- Exploring the Collaborative Model, Art Therapy Experiential
2005-The Children’s Learning Center, Roosevelt, NY- Faculty Professional Development, Stress Reduction Art Therapy Experiential
2004- Hofstra University, Creative Arts Therapy Conference-A Clinical Discussion of Current Art Therapy Practice: Symbolism as a Bridge to Self- Expression
2003, 2004, 2008, - New York Art Therapy Association, Career Day- Interview Preparation Workshop
2002-2004- United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc., Roosevelt, NY- New Employee Orientation- Sensitivity Training through Art Therapy
2002- The Children’s Learning Center, Roosevelt, NY- Faculty Collaborative Workshop- Building Community Using the FISH Philosophy
2000- Hofstra University CATCH Club Presentation- Adaptations for Art Therapy with Special Populations
2015 - American Art Therapy Association- Outstanding Service as a member of the Education Standards Revision Task Force
2012 - New York Art Therapy Association- Honorary Life Member Award
2007 - New York Art Therapy Association- Pam Clark Service Award Fall 2000 ucpn, Employee of the Quarter
2000 and 2002 - Re-Grant program for the Arts, mural project grants 1994 American Businesswomen's Association Scholarship