Biography

"Jane's child clients are often children with Aspergers disorder, PDD, and neurological compromise.... Her work with these children and their families is very successful. She brings to this work her artistic talents and insights, as well as her psychological training and experience..." — Colleague

Jane Ferris Richardson is a board certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. She maintains a private practice focused on children with special needs and their families. She received her MA in art therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is now a core faculty member in art therapy there. Jane has presented her work on art therapy and children with autism nationally and internationally.

Jane provides training for clinicians and teachers interested in using the arts in therapy and learning. Her approach to art therapy is developmentally based and eclectic. She integrates play and the expressive therapies into her work with children and parents and into her trainings for professionals. Venues for her professional trainings have included community-based Early Childhood Programs, and Community Mental Health settings as well as Lesley’s Early Childhood Institute, the International Conference of VSA, and the first Creative Arts Therapy Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Jane (seated) presenting with translator at the first Creative Arts Therapy Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to establishing her private practice in New Bedford, Massachusetts she worked in community mental health and provided outreach services to young children and their families. Jane has extensive experience in early intervention, working with children from zero to three, and serving as a mentor for clinicians within the Massachusetts Early Intervention Collaborative. Her background with young children includes an MEd degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York City and experience as a teacher of young children.

She received her EdD from Boston University School of Education while holding an academic fellowship as managing editor of the Boston University Journal of Education. Her work on the role of the arts in development and learning led to the production of a special volume devoted to creativity in society and education.

She exhibits her artwork regularly. Her studio experience includes drawing and painting at the Lacoste School of the Arts in the Vaucluse region of France, the full-time painting program at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and study in visual arts at Bennington College, where she received her BA in psychology after completing a research thesis on children’s drawing. Her early arts training and experience was as a dancer. This experience has influenced her eclectic and integrative approach to art therapy.

Jane has been engaged in an ongoing, intensive, professional training program in Sandtray/Worldplay, which she uses in her practice with both children and parents. She has completed two levels of the Radiant Child Yoga teacher training, and uses yoga with children to encourage relaxation and attention and alleviate anxiety. She has also completed the advanced level SCERTS training institute in the assessment of children with autism spectrum diagnoses, and is interested in using art expression to enhance communication, self regulation, and relationships for children with autism.

 

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