Amber Thomas started her journey with art therapy in 2011 when she began attending Alverno College to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Therapy. During her time at Alverno, Amber was able to put her studies into practice through a variety of internships working with Alzheimer’s patients, brain injury victims and youth in K-4 through 8th grade. In these internships, she gained experience in creating and facilitating art therapy programs and new therapeutic art plans. Amber was able to create programs focusing on improving morale and memory retention for those with brain trauma; and taught her students effective coping mechanisms and appropriate emotional outlets. It was in her internship at a Milwaukee charter school that Amber realized her passion for working with youth.
Upon graduation, Amber took on a role creating art programs for an assisted living facility before she decided to return back to school. Now, as a student at Mount Mary University pursuing her Master of Science degree in Art Therapy, Amber will return to her passion of working with youth through an internship at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. She will be working under Ms. Teresa Buss, the school’s art therapist. Amber’s goals are to assist in the continued development of the Art Therapy program, gain additional art therapist skills and be an additional resource for students to turn to.