Visual Artist: Paintings
EDUCATION 2003- 2005, Notre Dame de Namur University, Graduate School of Sciences; Art Therapy Psychology, Belmont CAÂ§ M.A, Marriage and Family Therapy with Art Therapy emphasis1998-2002, University of California, Santa Cruz, CAÂ§ B.A., Studio ArtÂ§ B.A, PsychologyACCREDITATIONS AND LICENSESRegistered with Board of Behavioral Sciences; MFT Intern #IMF49638Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certifiedTEACHING EXPERIENCESeptember 2007-Present, Art Teacher for City Artworks , teaching Elementary school children Art after school. Nine week program that covers Modern Art and different movements and artists within each movement.September 2006-May 2007 Art Teacher for two separate after school enrichment programs; Scholastic Advantage Enrichment Program and Cheers 2U! Recreational Program, Santa Clarita, CAProvided art instruction in after school small group setting for elementary school children; grades 1-2 and 3-6. Developed drawing as well as mixed media curriculum that integrates various art history periods and painting projects that correspond with art period. Encouraged a fun and inspiring atmosphere for children to learn art. February 2005- July 2005 Art Teacher Recreation Plus, Campbell CADeveloped and implemented age appropriate art curriculum that allowed children to understandart history and experience art technique based on Old Masters for after School Program forchildren ages kindergarten to 6th gradeJanuary 2006- March 2006 Instructor Score! Educational Center, Granada Hills, CATutored and motivated children Pre-K-10th grade in educational tutoring center. Utilized prior experience in the special education classroom as an art therapy trainee to instruct children ages 8-11 on the Autistic Spectrum in reading, communicating, identifying verbal cues and practicing verbal and social communication. Supported full-time Directors by providing outstanding service to current and prospective members. Helped create a positive and supportive environment Summer 2004 and Summer 2005 Art Instructor Art in Action, Menlo Park, CATaught specialized art curriculum to a the whole K-6 spectrum with a twelve week art summer camp.September 2003-November 2003 Photoshop Instructor Palo Alto Adult School Palo Alto, CADeveloped and implemented projects for recreational use with Photoshop 5.0 on Macintosh in adults Photoshop course. Fundamental topics included; digitally enhancing and manipulating, including masking, special effects and filters, image retouching, color adjustment, layering, and how to enhance, manipulate and save a digital image to different formats. At the conclusion of the course students learned how to create original art work (posters, collages, greeting cards) as well as how to manipulate digital images or correct digital photos.March 2003-July 2003 Art Instructor Quills Arts and Paperie, Lancaster, CATaught children, teens and adults Acrylic Paint and Mixed Media courses in recreational ArtClasses in local city art center.September 2001 â€“ December, 2001 Course Assistant University of California Santa Cruz, Psychology Department, Santa Cruz, CALead a section of first year undergraduate students weekly for a university level Psychologycourse. Presented and clarified psychology concepts for students and coached students forachievement in the course. Reviewed papers and tests while developing a strong teacher-studentrelationship. CLINICAL EXPERIENCE January 2007-June 2007 MFT Intern Philips Graduate Institute; California Family Counseling Center, Encino, CA Provided individual and family therapy to adults, and adolescents suffering from depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders. Attained extensive training in psychosocial assessment, DSM diagnoses and treatment planning. Answered Intake telephone calls and assessed for level of clientâ€™s appropriateness for the center. Training experience included one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision plus two hours of in-service training each week. September, 2006-October, 2006 Mental Health Therapist/Case ManagerTemporary Position with Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA Provided Case management and individual face to face therapy and telephone therapy to chronically mentally ill adults; with diagnoses of Schizophrenia. July 2006- October 2006 Behavior Interventionist Vista Psychological Center, Mission Hills, CA Provided in home Discrete Trial Training to children (ages 1-10) with developmental disabilities and their families. Conducted behavioral assessments, direct behavioral observation techniques, data collection, and implementation of training protocols, parent & child training & the evaluation of interventionsMarch, 2006- June 2006 Mental Health Therapist Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, Palmdale Ca Served foster children and their families as well as ethnically and socio-economically diverse children and families in mental health outpatient clinic. Provided Individual and Family Art Therapy to population with average GAF of 51. Maintained Department of Mental Health documentation protocols. October, 2005 â€“ November, 2005 Rehab Therapist Starlight Adolescent : Level 14 Community Treatment Facility, San Jose, CA Conduct group art therapy, adjunctive and skill based groups withAdolescents diagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders. September, 2004 â€“ June,2005 MFT/Art Therapist TraineeSan Mateo County, School Based Mental Health, San Bruno, CA Conducted individual and family therapy for students in the San Mateo County Office of Special Education programs. These students had severe emotional, behavioral, developmental, language and/or physical disabilities, which compromised their ability to learn in the classroom.Facilitated group art therapy, provided individual and Family Therapy, observed and participated therapeutic milieu classroom. Interfaced with special education services professionals; including attending Individualized Educational Plan meetings. Met with licensed mental health professionals for supervision in accumulation of licensing hours for board of behavioral sciences. January 2003 â€“ March, 2003 Residential Counselor Maryvale Adolescent Girls Facility, Hawthorne, CA Provided direct care to Severely Emotionally disturbed girls ages nine to seventeen. In the therapeutic milieu. Prompted girls throughout their day program and facilitated their therapeutic behavioral program. June, 2002 â€“ September, 2002 Residential Counselor Rebekahâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Services, Gilroy, CA Rebekahâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Services is a level fourteen residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed children. Provided direct care of children age six to eleven in the therapeutic milieu.Assisted with day-to-day operations of the unit and care of residents, dispensed medication and initiated documentation. Provided crisis intervention and support skills to residentsRELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEJune 2001 â€“ September 2001 Victim Services InternSanta Cruz County Juvenile Probation Department, Santa Cruz, CA. Conducted telephone Interviews of juvenile crimes victims and composed victim impact statements for juvenile court. Recorded and verified information regarding victimâ€™s loss and directed victims to necessary services and resources. Interacted with probation officers, the court, district attorney, and families of victims.Fall 2000-Winter 2001 Research AssistantUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, Psychology Department, Santa Cruz, CAAssisted primary researcher; Dr. Maureen Callanan, professor of developmental psychology on research project focusing on parentsâ€™ conversations about science with young children. Assisted with data collection by traveling to childrenâ€™s museum. Learned a coding scheme for coding videotaped conversations. Read and researched several articles and wrote an APA-style paper summarizing the study and presenting ideas about predicted results and conclusions.Fall 1999 Conducted natural observational researchUniversity of California Santa Cruz, Developmental Psychology CourseTraveled to local preschool to identify psycho-social phenomena in developmental psychology courseART EXHIBITIONS/COMMISIONS April 2007, University of Colorado – UMC Art Gallery, Boulder, CO, â€œVisual Noiseâ€ Exhibit; included: Strings and Organ, 6â€x9â€ watercolor on paperJanuary 2007, Commissioned to design CD cover for music group; www.3youth.comFebruary 2005 Galleria Tempest (1742 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109) Valentine ShowIncluded a small 9â€x10â€ conte crayon colored piece conveying the idea of â€œcommitment; the act of being bound emotionally, physically or intellectually to another personSummer 2004 The Nature of Healing: Notre Dame de Namur University, Art Therapy Psychology Department; Annual Art Exhibition, The Art of Art Therapists, Students, Faculty and AlumniIncluded three works, 18â€x 24â€ Soft Pastel titled: â€œGrowth, 81/2 x 11 Oil Pastel, titled â€œ Woundâ€ and 18â€x24â€ Mixed Media titled â€œSelf Reflection.October 17th-26th, 2003 24th Annual Mountain Art Show , St. John on the Mountain, Bernardsville, N.J.Entered the â€œSmall Treausresâ€ exhibition with five prints, three colored edition varie woodcuts and two black and white woodcuts.Summer 2002 Art and Tea in the Garden: Habitat for Humanity event Santa Cruz, CANon-profit fundraising Art Exhibit for Habitat for Humanities. Included five pieces of art work, three oil on canvas Coptic Orthodox Christian Icons, and two mixed media collage on paper.Spring 1998-Spring 2002 University of California Santa Cruz, CAQuarterly Student ExhibitionExhibited term projects such as: 15 oil on board paintings of Coptic Orthodox IconographyExhibited several works completed in courses.PUBLICATIONS March, 18th, 2007, Watani Internationl: â€œ Pilgrimage to a Holy Mountain.â€http://www.wataninet.com/article_en.asp?articleid=12459August, 21st, 2005, Watani International, â€œArt and Psychological Health: A review of Artist Junko Chodosâ€™ work within a therapeutic framework.â€http://www.wataninet.com/article_en.asp?ArticleID=2910June 16th, 2005, Watani International, â€œA Dialogue with a contemporary Coptic poet.â€http://www.wataninet.com/article_en.asp?ArticleID=2062February 19th, 2003, Watani International, â€œOne Faith; How the orthodox creed psychologically unites the Coptic world.â€COMMUNITY ACITIVITIES May 2004 Volunteer Mural Project Team MemberFair Oaks Elementary School, Redwood City, CACollaborated with other volunteers to design and implement a mural project consistent with schoolâ€™smission statement and professional image and feasible for the age level and cultural identity of elementaryschool aged Latino children.Directly supervised and facilitated students through all stages of the mural production. October,2003 â€“ January 2004 Art Therapist VolunteerEl Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA Assisted registered art therapist in conducting group art therapy with older adults, diagnosed with mood disorders as well as Adolescents with eating disorders. Assisted with materials, projects and client contact. PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCEOctober 1999 â€“ March 2000 Cooperative Business Member Kresge Natural Foods, University of California Santa Cruz, Helped organize a student-run natural foods business â€œCO-OP.â€ Developed marketing ideas and conducted business activities such as inventory count, ordering, and sales with the cooperation of twelve other students.April, 1997 â€“ June 1998 office assistant Dr. Farid O.B.G.Y.N., Lancaster CaInterviewed patients for medical history. Checked blood pressure, weighed patients, prepared examination rooms for Dr. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTSummer, 2004; London, EnglandParticipated in four day workshop under the mentorship of Dr. Stephan Rene student of Professor Isaac Fanous Yousef the father of contemporary Neo-Coptic school of iconography. Learned fundamentals of the written icon; including the theology and geometry of the icon. Practiced and completed writing the face of Christ using egg tempera. (www.firstimageicons.com)PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS American Art Therapy AssociationCalifornia Association of Marriage and Family TherapistsLANGUAGES Conversational ArabicReferences Available Upon Request.