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Thomas Shortliffe, M.A. CCC.


2011 B.ed, Art Education (in progress)      Concordia University Montreal 2004 M.A Creative Arts Therapies             Concordia University Montreal 2001 B.F.A Studio Painting                          Concordia University Montreal 1999 B.A Psychology                                      Concordia University Montreal  


2006-Present Art Educator      Centre François-Michelle          Montreal

Primary and secondary school art teacher for 200 children aged 5 to 16 years with special intellectual and physical needs. 2006-Present Creative Arts Expression Specialist        Centre François-Michelle    Montreal Creative arts expression specialist for 60 primary school aged children with intellectual disabilities and associated cognitive, behavioural and affective issues.

2006-2012 Art Therapist in Private Practice                                 Montreal

Practice of art therapy serving children within the public school system and private practice of art therapy for adults presenting with anxiety, depression, and attachment issues.    2005 Bilingual Clinical Counselor     ShepellFGI Clinical Consultants Montreal Providing telephonic counseling and crisis intervention within the context of an employee assistance program for individuals presenting with a wide variety of issues including substance abuse, depression, anxiety workplace stress.   2004 Art Therapy Intern      McGill University Children’s Hospital Montreal Primary therapist and case manager for 9 individual children presenting with various bio-psycho-social issues on an outpatient basis. Liaison with parents and psychiatric team. Conducted intake interviews, produced assessment reports, progress notes, clinical evaluations, termination and discharge summaries.   2003 Art Therapy Intern      Mcgill University Royal Victoria Hospital Montreal, Allen Memorial Institute Facilitator of weekly art therapy groups for 6 to 9 adolescent boys aged 13 to 18 years, presenting various bio-psycho-social issues in a psychiatric day hospital setting. Including liaison with treatment team, implementation of interventions, progress notes, case studies, discharge summaries.   2002 Senior Support Worker     Reena Foundation Toronto   Continuous residential support for 8 individuals presenting with physical and psychological special needs. Daily administration of medication, managing project budget, supervising 4 support workers, assigning staff duties and work schedules.   2001 Support Worker Reena Foundation Toronto Continuous residential support for a bi-weekly rotation of 8 special needs individuals. Duties included medication administration, coordinating activities and facilitating art groups.  


Fluent in French and English  

Other Skills

3 years private study of boxing and 3 years study of Tae Kwon Do, Mcgill university. Professional Artist    

Thomas Shortliffe, M.A. CCC.

(Artist C.V)

Art Education

2013-present B.ed. Specialization art education (in Progress)   2008 3 years study Tae Kwon Do, Mcgill University   2004 M.A Art Therapy, Concordia University   2001 BFA Painting and Drawing, Concordia University.   1997 Creative counsellor for Canada day festivities, Montreal.   1996 Resident artist of “the Kribb” arts and entertainment shelter, Montreal.   1993 American Academy of Dramatic Arts, summer session, New York   1992 Ontario Academic Credit in Photography, Jarvis Collegiate, Toronto.   1990 Conservatoire de Danse de Paris, 1 year study of Classical Ballet.   1988 National Ballet of Toronto, summer session.   1987 Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, 5 year study of classical ballet, Toronto  

Selected   Exhibitions

  2010 “Art is Therapy” Solo exhibit at HotShot gallery, Kensington Market, Toronto.   2010 www.tomartist.com website relaunched.   2008 Publication of works in Quebec Art Therapy Journal   2008 Galerie Synesthésie, permanent collection   2008 Galerie Synesthésie official opening   2007 Live painting and auction of work for BMO/St. Justine’s fundraiser.   2006 www.tomartist.com website update launch.   2004 “Live painting” with Hip Hop group “Common” at the Medley   2004 “solo show” Cantine Restaurant, Avenue road, Toronto.   2003 Solo exhibition, Café X, Concordia University, Montreal   2002 “New Direction” Solo Exhibition, 645 Wellington avenue, Montreal   2001 Live painting in “the night against racism” at Club Soda, Montreal   2001 “www.tomartist.com” website launched   1998 “Spring-Resort” Group show at Lawless Gallery, Old Port, Montreal.   1998 “Conversations” Group show at the Kribb.   1997 “Can You See What I Say?” Solo show at the Kribb.   1997 “Method Friday’s”. Live painting at Restaurant de Ville, Montreal.   1996 “Recent Works and Live Painting”. Deville Gallery, Montreal.   1994 “Recent Works and Live Painting”. Izart Gallery, Montreal.  


•IBM Toronto •Jungle Music Studios Toronto •Implosive Media Toronto • Louis Ballato New York • Ellite Modelling Agency New York. •Nelly Ivanova Washington •Bran Van 3000, Los Angeles •Ginger Restaurant, Montreal. •Kokino night club, Montreal • Galerie Synesthésie, Montreal, •Bank of Montreal.