Betsy Lazarus, LCAT, ATR-BC
President of New York Art Therapy Association January 5, 2005, To Whom It May Concern, This letter is intended to serve as a recommendation for the unique and effective neuro-art therapy program innovated by Dr. Maureen Del Giacco. As a professional art therapist for ten years and current president of the New York Art Therapy Association, I am proud to endorse Dr. Del Giacco’s approach. I can also say without reservation that this art therapy program truly does help enhance cognition for a variety of populations. In my own practice, I rely on its usefulness to increase the level of awareness, alertness, and response for older adults affected by degenerative dementing illnesses. These people are well served by this improvement in their quality of life. Prior to learning how to implement Dr. Del Giacco’s program, I despaired that my knowledge and years of art therapy practice could not help our elders.It has also been my privilege to know Dr. Del Giacco personally. She is a dedicated professional who has devoted her life’s work to the development of the neuro-art therapy approach and educating others in this program. Dr. Del Giacco has been a source of inspiration and support as I utilize her art therapy methods in my own practice with groups and individuals. Her tireless work is of critical clinical importance to those whose cognition has been damaged or compromised either by circumstance or disease. It is my opinion that she has rightfully earned a place among art therapy pioneers.Sincerely,Betsy Lazarus, ATR-BC
Lori P. Marabella, LCAT, ATR-BC, CTRS, CDAT-II, AP-BC Licensed Creative Art Psychotherapist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist February 28, 2016, Lori P. I was a client of Maureen’s taking the Del Giacco Art Therapy course to use with the brain injury population at my place of employment has been invaluable in improving cognitive function in my clients. They and their families are delighted with the improvements in speech and memory. Maureen is a wonderful teacher who is always available to provide support, constructive feedback and encouragement.
Elsbeth Knott, M.A Art Therapist August 21, 2014, Elsbeth and Maureen were students togetherMaureen has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with clients with Alzheimer’s, stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is a warm and caring teacher and professional and she demonstrated unconditional support for learning and advancement in my career.
Leyla Akca Clinical Director of Maya Vakfı, Project Lift July 5, 2014, Leyla was a client of Maureen’s: Maureen is the first mentor I had in the art therapy field. Her enthusiasm and unconditional support lead me to start my career in art therapy. I am forever grateful to have such a good teacher and role model.
Eric Jacobson Art Therapist at Eric Jacobson April 13, 2014, Eric worked with Maureen but at different companies: Maureen Del Giacco has created a very useable, effective system for helping those with traumatic brain injury. This art based cognitive system helps the patient in the creation of new neural pathways to alleviate some of those damaged.
Gail Arpin-Finck, Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist – brain2gain,March 2, 2014, Gail worked with Maureen but at different companies: Maureen is an innovator in the field of neuro art therapy. An accomplished Artist, Creative Arts Therapist and Founder and Director of Del Giacco Neuro Art Therapy (DAT), she brings extensive knowledge, experience and insight to the emerging field of arts-based cognitive rehabilitation and its professional certification. Moreover, Maureen is dedicated and driven. As a student of the DAT certification program, I found her to be the consummate educator and professional who relates respectfully with her students as colleagues, and who inspires confidence and success. Online coursework is easily manageable in terms of time and content: chapters are a quick read (including both quizzes and tests that help to reinforce material) though thought-provoking, challenging one to “see” brain trauma and therapy from the client’s perspective. Weekly Skype sessions allow for more interactive discussion, although Maureen is easily reachable and keeps in frequent contact with students. I have always found that the best educators are those who help you see the best in yourself. Maureen is certainly among these.
Nancy PeersClinical Research Associate/Coordinator at Independent Consulting Machban, LLCMarch 2, 2014, Nancy was a client of Maureen’s: Working with Maureen is always fun because of her knowledge, creativity and mentoring abilities. She excels with her deep concepts and strategies, out-of-the box ideas, and her personable implementation process. I hope to one day again utilize her expertise in working with individuals with cognitive difficulties. All programs need a consultant like Maureen on their team.
Fae DeatonChampion/Spoleswoman at WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart DiseaseMarch 31, 2013, Fae worked with Maureen but at different companies: Maureen has been very involved in the art programs over the years. I recommend her whole-heartedly. Sincerely, Fae Deaton
Rita koniz–October 10, 2010, Rita was a client of Maureen’s I have known Maureen for over seven years, first as a teacher, now as a friend and colleague as well. She has developed a neuro-art therapy program and has shared her knowledge of brain injury rehabilitation with others worldwide. Maureen has helped many clients regain cognitive function and has trained other educators in her Del Giacco Arts Therapy process. Wonderful!