About us

Curriculum Vitae

Maria Riccardi, M.A., M.Éd., ATR, ATPQ, c.o.


Summary of Qualifications

  • Registered art therapist (ATR), career counselor (OCCOQ) and licensed psychotherapist (OPQ)
  • Clinical experience with individuals and groups (institutions, communities and private)
  • International experience with mental health professional training
  • Teaching and supervision experience
  • Proficient in French, English and Italian


  • M.A. Art Therapy, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana: 2012
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, McGill University: 2001
  • Diploma in Education, McGill University: 1996
  • B. A. Art Education, Concordia University: 1995
  • Art Therapy Summer Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago: 1995

Professional Profile

  • ATR certification
  • Professional Member of the American Art Therapy Association (since 2013)
  • Professional Member and co-vice president of the Association des Art-Thérapeutes du Québec
  • Member of the Ordre des Conseillers et Conseillères d’Orientation du Québec (since 2012)
  • Quebec Certified Teacher
  • Psychotherapy permit; Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (since 2015)

Professional Experience

         Concordia University – 2015 – present

  • Adjunct and LTA professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies
  • Group and individual supervision and research supervisor

          Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue – 2015 – present

  • Part-time professor in the Department of Art-Therapy/ Group and individual supervision

          ImÂges Etc Clinic – 2012 – present

  • Director, art therapist, career counselor and psychotherapist specializing in life transitions, educational challenges and life adjustments.
    Facilitate community groups on stress management.
  • Offer individual art therapy for personal and professional identity, life transitions, social issues, anxiety and stress management,
    career counseling and academic monitoring.
  • Promote social skills, cognitive and physical functioning through group work for veterans; in collaboration with Sainte-Anne de Bellevue Hospital.
  • Develop an art-based program in Quebec schools to foster social co-responsibility of young students; in collaboration with
    la Société de la St-Vincent de Paul de Montréal
  • Provide art workshops, using the ETC as a clinical framework for adults living with personal and social vulnerabilities;
    in collaboration with Centre d’Apprentissage Parallèle

          CBT Emotional Health Clinic – 2012 – 2014

  • Conduct a pilot study looking at the feasibility of combining art-based interventions and cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders. 1000-hour internship in psychotherapy.

          Montreal & English School Boards – 1996 – 2013

  • Use innovative teaching approaches in an inquiry-based environment.
  • Develop services and assessments for the students with behavioral and learning difficulties.
  • Adjust pedagogical curriculums for students. Supervise interns.

          Jewish General Hospital – 2009 – 2013

  • Assess, work, and develop art-based interventions for high-risk pregnancy, oncology, terminal care and geriatric patients.
  • Led art therapy groups for health professionals.
  • Participated in organizing the triennial staff art exhibitions.

National and International Presentations and Workshops

  • Creating Imaginal Narratives into a transcultural canvass, American Art Therapy Association, 47th annual conference, Baltimore, MD – 2016
  • Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) as a Transcultural Canvas, American Art Therapy Association, 46th annual conference, Minneapolis, MN – 2015
  • ETC as An Inclusive Cultural Landscape for Expressive Therapies, ECArTE, Palermo, Sicily – 2015
  • ETC and the Creative Expressive Therapies, Expressive Therapies Summit, New York, NY – 2015
  • ETC: Assessment and Treatment Planning on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, American Art Therapy Association, 45th annual conference, San Antonio, TX – 2014
  • Expressive Therapies Continuum and Psychodrama, Colloque de l’Association des Psychodramatistes, Centre Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC- 2014
  • Introduction to The use of ETC in Art therapy Assessment and Treatment, Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec,
    Université de Montreal, QC – 2014
  • Series of workshops on Professional Identity through Diverse Media, Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec, Montréal, Qc – 2014
  • Televised presentation on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Tout part de soi, TVA television network, Montreal, QC – 2013
  • Research presentation (ETC & Anxiety) on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, American Art Therapy Association, 44th annual conference, Seattle, WA – 2013
  • Collage as a Stress Reduction Tool in Carrere Counseling, De soi à l’emploi, St-Lambert, QC – 2013
  • Collage as an Adaptable Tool for Scoliosis Support Groups, Curvy Girls first International Convention, Long Island, NY – 2012
  • Collage as an Adaptable Tool for Art Therapy Professionals, Donald Berman Maimonides Center, Montreal, QC – 2011
  • Collage as an Adaptable Tool for Art Therapy Students, Saint Mary-of the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary’s, IN – 2011
  • Calvin Taylor’s model of creative and critical thinking, Atelier School, Montreal, QC – 2011
  • Research Project on Creativity in Quebec Elementary Schools, International Research Committee at the University of Montreal, QC – 2001
  • Profiles and Challenges of Creative Teacher, Canadian Society for the Study of Education 30th Convention, Toronto, ON – 2001


  • Website Publication on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Vive, TVA television network, Montreal, QC – 2015
  • The ETC: Engaging in the Creative endeavor, Communiqué de l’Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec, Montreal, QC – 2015
  • Television Presentation on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Tout part de soi, Moi & Compagnie (TVA) television network, Montreal, QC – 2014
  • The ETC: A Unifying Framework for all Therapists, The ETC: A Unifying Framework for all Therapists – 2013

Selected Collaborative Art Exhibitions and Publications

  • Clay Mountains, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue – 2017
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada: First Aid Veteran Community, Selected watercolor used in the instructor and participant manuals and slide presentation – 2016
  • Clay Landscapes, Restaurant Le Détour, Montreal, QC – 2015
  • Fundraising exhibition for mental wellness, Galerie MX, Montreal, QC – 2014
  • Art therapist identity, Centre d’apprentissage parallèle, Montreal, QC – 2013
  • The JGH Staff Art Exhibits, Montreal Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC – 2011-2012-2013
  • Loss and recollection, 19th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, QC – 2012
  • Let the Image Speak, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, St.Mary’s, IN – 2012
  • Visions, Casa del Popolo, Montreal, QC – 2011

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