Bio and Resume

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Past Exhibitions:

12/93 Group show, Bohemia Gallery New Haven, CT
5/94 Group show Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT
11/94 Solo show, Jo Smith, Changes, Northampton, MA
5/95 Solo show, Jo Smith, Bela, Northampton, MA
5/95 Solo show, Jo Smith, La Veracruzana Northampton, MA
11/95 Solo Show, I Got Red Hot Hands, Center Street, Northampton, MA
1/96 Solo Show, House, Center Street bldg., Northampton, MA
8/96 Solo Show, New Work, Center Street bldg., Northampton, MA
4/97 Solo Show, Cutting Open, Center Street bldg., Northampton, MA
6/98 Solo Show, From the Dark, Pro-brush, Florence, MA
12/99 Group show, Little Books, Sullivan Square, Northampton, MA
6/99 Show at Watervine, sandblasted glass, Northampton, MA
6/01 Solo Show, New Work, Hair East, Amherst, MA,
9/02 Solo Show, Greece, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA
5/02 Solo Show, New Work, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA
5/06 Solo Show, Over the Years, Rock Ridge, Northampton, MA

Permanent Installations:

Kids Sport, Hadley, MA
Loose Goose Cafe, Amherst, MA

Teaching Experience:

Springfield College, Spring Semester, 2001

Ethics and Aesthetics in Art and Art Therapy


University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, March 2000

Book Making as a Tool for Telling Your Story (con't. ed. Dept.)


Art Teacher, Cheshier Academy, Cheshire, CT 1993-1994

High school and middle school art teacher


Art Teacher, Kents Hill School,
Kents Hill, ME,1992-1993
High School art teacher

Presentations and Workshops:

Making Empathy Concrete: Using Art Therapy as a Tool to explore Empathy
Annual NAPN Conference, Albuquerque, NM February 2007
Annual MASOC and MATSA Conf., Marlborough, MA April 2004 & 2005
Annual NAPN Conference, Denver, CO February 2005

Art from the Heart: Taking Risks and Finding Opportunity Through the Creative Process
The Young Women's Leadership Conference, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA March 2005

Art Therapy in Clinical Practice
Western New England College Annual Social Work Conference, Springfield, MA May 2004

Using Art Therapy in a Day Treatment Program for Adolescents
Pathways Day Treatment Program, Greenfield, MA May 2000

 

Education:

Master of Science (Clinical Art Therapy) 1997
Springfield College, Springfield, MA. Graduated with honors

Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art) 1991
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

The School for International Training, Kenya, Africa 1990

Clinical Experience:

2006- Present Private Practice, Houston, Texas
www.jsmithlpc.com

2002 - 2006 The Stetson School, Barre, MA
Assistant Clinical Director (2004 - 2006)
• Directed clinical program at 111-bed residential treatment facility for adolescent males and latency-aged boys with sexual behavior problems and significant mental health issues, all with varying cognitive abilities (FSIQs ranging from 48-140)
• Responsible for the oversight of clinical programming to ensure treatment consistency and stability; clinical training and supervision; reviewing and editing all written clinical documentation; program development; administrative leadership, and supervision campus wide

Clinical Art Therapist (2002 - 2004)
• Responsible for the creation and implementation of art therapy curriculum for residential treatment facility
• In charge of providing individual, group and family art therapy treatment to 111 adolescent males and latency-aged boys with sexual behavior problems, significant mental health issues and varying cognitive abilities
• Provided consultation to the 14 other clinicians on campus as well as to staff and teachers
• Conducted individual evaluations and assessments when necessary

2002 - 2004 Service Net, Inc., Northampton, MA
Clinician
• In charge of providing psychotherapeutic assessments and treatment to adults, adolescents, families and children at a public mental health clinic
• Responsible for comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment to adults, families, and children with temporary or long-standing emotional, interpersonal, or behavioral problems


1999 - 2002 Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN), Blanford & Holyoke, MA
Clinician
• In charge of providing individual, group and family treatment to 10 adolescent females in residential treatment and conducting individual psychotherapy to adults and families in a mental health clinic, both part of BHN, a nonprofit human service agency that has been providing services to children and families in western Massachusetts since 1938
• Responsible for treatment of clients; clinical supervision to staff in group home; program developments; collateral meetings; and clinical documentation


1997 - 1999 Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA
Art Therapist - Partial Hospitalization Program (1997 - 1999)
• In charge of opening a PHP with 2 other clinicians; developed and implemented the clinical curriculum for new partial hospitalization program
• Responsible for the treatment of patients; on-going program development; marketing; and management of program
• Led and co led art therapy, psychotherapy and psycho educational groups to all patients in program

Art Therapist (1997)
• In charge of group treatment for mentally ill adults and geriatric patients on a locked inpatient psychiatric unit
• Provided diagnostic assessments, and utilized art as a diagnostic assessment tool for multidisciplinary
treatment team
• Oversaw all group programming on unit and the creation of expressive treatment program for the unit

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