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Our mission is to discover and share creative and artistic ways to communicate with oneself and others. We do this by supporting others in identifying their own inner knowing and by creating a safe container as a means of facilitating their healing process.

Our Philosophy

Having a crisis? Nothing a little compassionate creativity can’t handle! Creative Crisis Care is committed to choosing life in the midst of the most debilitating hopelessness. In Latin, ‘crisis’ refers to the moment where weakness pushes one to change. “Perhaps the purpose of crisis, if there is one, is not to break us as much as to break us open (Mark Nepo)”. We believe that there is always a way to move from thoughts of suicide and hopeless depression to recognition of a life that is meant to be…that all lives are meant to be. Read More...

Partnership Members

Janet Berkowitz

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Janet Berkowitz is a multi-faceted educator and performer, who has shared her talents for over 30 years throughout the east coast. She has been interested in the arts as a healing tool ever since she studied psychology and drama at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She became a professional mime in 1975 and currently uses her mime skills to dramatize the struggles of mental illness. Janet also now works with her partner, Phillip Garber to teach suicide awareness workshops using the creative arts. She has started the first two Suicide Anonymous meetings in New Jersey. Janet has recently completed the Consumer Connections Core Training on her way to becoming a Certified Recovery Support Practitioner. Janet is a certified W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator. Janet has also attended Mason Gross School of the Performing Arts in New Brunswick, NJ and Ducret School of the Arts in Plainfield, NJ. Both Janet and Phillip have completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by Living Works. It is one of the foremost suicide prevention trainings in the world. To find out about this training, please visit: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Gary Schoenberg

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Gary Schoenberg, M.Ed., CPRP is a Pennsylvania Licensed psychologist and a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. He is the Continuing Care Director at COMHAR, Inc., a non-profit community mental health center in Philadelphia where he oversees recovery based mental health services in a Community Integrated Recovery Center. Gary has been working in the behavioral health field for over 30 years and brings his clinical, administrative, and creative talents to Creative Crisis Care. Gary’s creative talents include writing and narrating plays and skits, drumming, and improvisational performance.

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