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Art therapy in Massachusetts


Date: Wed Apr 23 2003 - 16:42:40 PDT


I am an art therapist who recently relocated to Massachusetts from Colorado. I have spent my master's degree training in NYC & most of my career providing expressive therapies and teaching art. Beyond therapy and teaching, my only other capabilities are writing, creating art and building puppets/puppeteering, so I'm not very marketable in today's market (although I was 3 years ago!!). I have no interest in any other fields outside of my chosen fields (so learning another trade is not an option), however, I would consider going back and getting a doctorate in special education and/or expressive therapy if I was able to get a job position that would hire me & help pay for further education.

I am relatively new here and don't know that many people here in Mass. I am thrilled to be back here, in the East Coast, as I had difficulty finding substantial employment in Colorado. I feel much more at home already! I feel that there is quite a few opportunities & that Mass. is more open to alternative therapies and alternative education to special needs populations. I am also aware that there are many proposed budget cuts in the arts, education, special ed., mental health, rehab, habilitation and other programs directly affecting children and special needs populations. And this, directly affects my ability to get substantial employment.

I am at a loss because I don't see many job postings in the local newspapers & that licensure & certification seems to be a higher priority compared to what my colleagues told me. I asked around before I moved here & was under the impression that there was a great need for therapists and teachers & that agencies will hire someone & help that person get the appropriate credentialing. In my field, most jobs are not advertised & most people are hired because they knew somebody.

So, I am putting out a plea to this list. I have posted requests for help when I was in Colorado in the past, but no one responded with any info on Colorado. When I requested info on Mass., I had one response telling me I should not work for Framingham school district without saying why. I am interested in making professional contacts, scheduling information interviews, learning more about organisation here & networking that would lead to jobs.

I have worked with many different populations: Emotionally disturbed, behavioural disordered, neurologically impaired, MICA (mentally impaired/chemically addicted), cognitively impaired, physically impaired, medically restricted, multiply disabled, and psychiatric populations ranging from mild to severe needs. I prefer working with children (ages 5-13) with ED and/or multiply disabled & young adults (ages 14-26) with cognitive impairments/psychiatric disorders, as well as families. Ideally, I would like to work at day treatment programs or RTCs, but I would consider other environments. I cannot do overnight shifts, work really late at night, nor can I work every weekend, as I have other commitments and for personal reasons.

Feel free to forward my email to various people whom you think would be interested. Please email me personally, because I do not check this list frequently.