ART THERAPIST

Ms. Belnavis is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She is a graduate from Florida State University where she received a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art. Her experience includes conducting individual and group art therapy sessions at various settings both in the US and Jamaica. These include Abilities Foundation (a skills based training facility for adults with disabilities); Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services (school for children with developmental delays); Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Behavioural Health Centre (treated adolescents and adult clients diagnosed with various psychological disorders); Alterra Sterling House  (an assisted living facility for senior citizens with Dementia); Ruth Owens Kruse (a middle and high school for children diagnosed with Emotional & Behavioural Disabilities); Dade Juvenile Residential Facility (treated adolescents boys with mental health and behavioural issues). In Jamaica, Lesli-Ann has worked for two years at Genesis Academy and the S.T.E.P Centre in Jamaica. Genesis Academy is a high school that caters to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The S.T.E.P Centre is a School for Therapy, Education and Parenting of children with multiple disabilities. Lesli-Ann has also spent two years as the coordinator for the Post Graduate Certificate Art Therapy program at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and lecturing there. She now offers her services through the offices of Caribbean Tots to Teens.

Lesli-Ann volunteers her time with Blue Hair Purple Hats (a group that caters to the needs of the elderly), and the Salvation Army. She has danced and performed with the Stella Maris Dancers, Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance, Praise Academy, the Jamaica Junior Musical Theatre Company just to name a few. Lesli-Ann speaks sign language and believes in the power of the arts.