Anna Marie Weber Honored at NYU Drama Therapy Graduation Celebration

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Anna Marie Weber Honored at NYU Drama Therapy Graduation Celebration

Drama Therapy Adjunct Faculty Anna Marie Weber retires from VIBS and is honored at this year's Drama Therapy graduation celebration

Anna Marie Weber, MA, RDT, CDVC, LCAT, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, certified rape crisis counselor, and nationally certified domestic violence counselor, is co-editor of the book Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment, and co-contributor to The Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy. Weber is the former Director of Children’s Services at VIBS – Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center.

Along with supervising a staff of creative arts therapists, social workers, and interns, for 27 years she treated children who had witnessed familial homicide, suicide, or experienced severe sexual abuse. She received the 1995 Award for Special Leadership in Domestic Violence Prevention. Weber chaired the legislature-appointed Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection.

Weber is the recipient of the 2013 North American Drama Therapy Association Teaching Excellence Award and the 2016 Child Abuse and Neglect/Family Violence Professional Award for Outstanding Leadership in the areas of Sexual Abuse and Family Violence. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at NYU teaching “Play and Drama Therapy for Children and Adolescence” in the department of Applied Psychology. Weber has supervised NYU Drama Therapy interns for over 20 years. She co-taught the internship seminar for many years.

She is a leader in the field of childhood trauma and drama therapy. She has been an outstanding clinical supervisor, mentor, collaborator, colleague, and contributor to our body of knowledge. Her retirement from VIBS begins the next chapter of her professional career.

We hope that whatever the next adventure, wherever the next horizon that beckons, the Peconic Bay, the Chalk Buttes, or the Granite Range, Weber will feel our love at her back. Her ability to work in the hardest and darkest of human circumstance, and to hold on, is the exquisite lesson of her teaching.

The great American writer Willa Cather, who grew up on the plains of Nebraska a bit to the south and east of Weber’s Montana home, wrote, "Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is." -Willa Cather, Song of the Lark

-Maria Hodermarska