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What do I want people to know. the arts are a powerful thing to use with children. It is a natural form of play for them. Expressing is working out many of their stresses and giving them a way to reherse new options. My PhD is in Expressive Arts which uses a variety of creative activities to explore and express. They include, movement, music, visual arts and poetry ... moving between modes as needed to help chldren/teens keep engaged. 

LCfmr - Art & Resilience : Children's Program 

2012 - September 2013

Provided  children's art program to support resilience for military families at retreat center nationwide. Programs included: Persistance/Resilience; 

Palm Springs - Music via Interactive Theater

self-expression and exploring music with it's effects on mood.

New Orleans  - Developing tools for coping with the differences that occur when Dad (or in very few cases, Mom) is away doing his work.

Bounce Back 4 Success - Carlsbad, Disneyland, Carlsbad, Maryland, New Orleans 2xs

"7-Keys to Bounce Back Ability"

TranscenDance - After school program 

January - April 2012


Taught the weekly psycho-social portion of TranscenDance’s teen empowerment program. Emphasis was on increasing emotional resilience through hardiness and creative problem solving.

Consulting Therapist

Long Beach Unified School District - Latin American Museum of Art 

April – June 1999

Volunteered as collaborator with the resident artist at the Latin American Museum of Art, providing the therapy aspect of an after school enrichment art program for middle school children.

Family Therapist

Youth Services Program - Juvenile Diversion Program

November 1980 – October 1982

Provided short-term (12 weeks) and crisis counseling for families and adolescents referred from the police department.  Other duties included interfacing with police staff and community agencies to obtain other services that would best suit the needs of the client or family.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bellflower High School

April 1977 – May 1979

Sole counselor for high school cooperative program.  Responsible for initial interview, vocational counseling, placement and follow-up.  Caseload consisted of developmentally delayed, neurologically, or orthopedically challenged adolescents.  Special duties included contract/budget renewal, liaison contact with community, and interfacing with school personnel.

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