What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
The role of an art therapist is to assist clients in the therapeutic process of creating art. This type of therapist allows clients to explore art as a form of expression and self-meditation. It’s the role of the art therapist to assess their clients’ artwork and interpret the psychology behind it with the purpose of helping and providing therapeutic relief to the client.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
There are numerous Canadian schools that offer Art Therapy as a graduate program, but the program at Concordia University is the only master’s program in Canada. The course requirements to enter a master’s program are 24 credits in Psychology and 24 credits in Fine Arts.  Volunteer work is also essential to becoming an Art Therapist. It’s expected that students have previous volunteer experience in a clinical or rehabilitative setting. I volunteered with the Special Olympics as well as Fredericton’s Drop in Centre.

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
St. Thomas University provided me with the necessary classes and requirements that I needed to study Art Therapy. More importantly, while attending STU I developed a frame of mind that inspired me to want to help others. Through my liberal arts education I was encouraged to explore theories, genres, and cultures different than my own. As a result, I now feel equipped to embark on a career where I work with people from all demographics. It’s my intention to use what I’ve learned at STU, both inside and outside the classroom, as I further my education and begin to work as an Art Therapist.