My name is John DeFrancisco. I am a Board-Certified Psychologist, Certified Trauma Specialist and Nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist. I have been practicing since 1982 and have specializations and experience in work with children through adulthood with a variety of psychological, emotional–behavioral and physical conditions. After receiving my undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, I attended Antioch University and earned degrees in Psychology, Education and the Clinical use of Art and Play Therapy. I served a two-year psychology residency at the Wilson Center Psychiatric Hospital where I practiced in the capacity of Physician’s Associate, Clinical Supervisor for a team of therapists, Case Manager for 35 adolescents, 24 hour on call rotation and Individual and Group Therapist. Since 1976     I have held a teaching degree in Pre-K through 12th grade in regular and Special Education and I am licensed to teach in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have worked in a Variety of Clinical and Educational settings to Include Self-Contained Classroom Teacher, Title One Educator/Therapist, and Art Therapist in Residential Treatment as well as Consulting Psychologist with Minnesota Correctional Facilities and Psychologist in Community Mental Health. In addition, I Served As Director and Assistant Professor of Education and Therapeutic Arts at the College of St. Teresa in Winona and taught graduate level courses at Hamline University in St. Paul. Training also includes American Sign Language and the use of sensory tactile experience is for Autism Spectrum Disorder and sight impairments. I have presented and published nationally on subjects to include Childhood Disorders, Mental Imagery, Clinical Art Therapy, Child Domestic and Sexual Abuse as well as Childhood and Adult Trauma.

"I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to
live up to what light I have."


Abraham Lincoln


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