Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC,is a certified art psychotherapist, mental health clinician, educator, addictions counselor, a founding member of the Florida Art Therapy Association, a university instructor, author, painter and a nationally known speaker and presenter on Art Therapy. She is author of the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art Therapy – Introducing Art Therapy Into a Public School System, (CC Thomas Publishers, 1997), three graduate education course guidebooks and many published papers.
She has served as Department Chairperson for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the Division of Psychological Services where she founded and directed a program of over 20 master art therapists from 1978 -1999. This endeavor was a major contribution to the fields of art therapy and psycho-education with the establishment of a national model art therapy program.
Through her long-term work in the public schools, the South Florida community and across the USA, Dr. Bush subsequently received several awards including a Distinguished Clinical Services Award from the American Art Therapy Association and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Miami Dade County Public Schools and the Florida Art Education Association. She retired from full time work in Miami in 2011 but continues to serve as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County Florida.
A popular speaker, Dr. Bush presents courses, invited keynotes, workshops, professional supervision and other learning opportunities in educational, medical and business settings across the USA.