Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin

Work History

Work History
Feb 2011 - Present

Art Therapist

Deaf Blind Association
  • Experience in working with individuals with multiple disabilities to successfully expand their self efficacy and strengths
  • Designed interventions to provide holistic services to meet clients’ needs
Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

Art Therapist

Hearing and Deaf Services

·Executed strength based therapy and empowerment of clients by building on client’s current, effective coping behaviours and incorporating client’s goals into treatment plan

·Worked independently and interdependently within the agency

·Uses sign language and TTY to effectively communicate with clients without the use of an interpreter

·Successfully assisted multiply-handicapped clients and those with severe mental illness in rehabilitation

·Designed life skills interventions to provide holistic services to meet clients’ needs

·Communicated concise and timely clinical records and assessment of findings with supervisor and psychiatrists.

·Experienced in assessing, formulating and implement treatment plans within group sessions and individual sessions

·Researched for additional programs to benefit clients outside of agency requirements to assist with alternate areas of rehabilitation.

·Comprehend how and when to work with interpreters therapeutically to develop a therapeutic alliance

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Jan 2008 - Sep 2008

Therapuetic Support Staff

Paula Teachers and Associates
  • Executed behavioural treatment with clients in residence and community
  • Experience in interventions with individuals having developmental delays and autism spectrums
  • Worked independently and interdependently

Professional Highlights

·Experienced mental health therapist with demonstrated success using art as a tool to build self-efficacy, clarification of issues and innovative problem solving

·Facilitated group cohesion which allowed a non-responsive client with severe schizophrenia to double participation and interaction

·Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and sustain a therapeutic alliance with skill to respect, understand and exhibit care towards individuals

·Liaised with residential staff to create interventions for clients designed to facilitate and reinforce new skills

·Demonstrated familiarity and sensitivity to ethical and multiculturalism issues

·Actively listens, gives and receives feedback; chooses appropriate communication strategies as necessary

·Empowered clients through emotional support and expression of difficult emotions in a constructive manner

·Demonstrated leadership while managing a busy merchant account office and staff in person, by phone and by email with careful records allowing for mindful follow up

Volunteer Service

Hospice of London, London ON
  • provides in-home therapeutic services for terminally ill clients
Circle of Hope, Lucan ON
  • Consultation on maximizing therapeutic interventions for individuals and groups
  • Facilitated art therapy group sessions

Lenawee Community Mental Health, Adrian MI

  • work with and facilitated Dialetical Behavioral Therapy Groups using moduals and art therapy interventions 
  • provided clinical note and participated in weekly team meetings

Call someone Concerned, Adrian MI

  •  trained in active listening, empathy, problem solving and referrals
  • provided crisis intervention by phone and walk in

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - Aug 2009

Master of Arts, Art Therapy with a specialization in Counseling

Seton Hill University
  • Specializing in Deaf Culture, Ethical and Multicultural issues
  • Published Thesis on file with Seton Hill University Library

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Aug 2003 - Jun 2004

Adrian college
  • Completed prerequisite classes/minor in Psychology for entrance into Master's level program
Aug 1990

Bachelors of Fine Arts

Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Primary area of study was Photography with a minor in Art History

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