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Art Therapist, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi

Charla Renée Bullard, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT, is an art therapist with US Department of Veterans Affairs and works with the Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. After receiving her Master of Arts degree from The George Washington University, Charla began her career as art therapist in 2002 and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in medical, school, and rehabilitative settings. She was the first art therapist in the state of Mississippi to integrate art-based software and touchscreen computers into therapy sessions — an approach that afforded self-expression to those who were physically unable, and to those who were not comfortable with using traditional art materials. Among her accomplishments, Charla is winner of the Mississippi Artists’ Guild’s Betty Smith Award, she co-authored a chapter of the book, Crafts and Creative Media in Therapy, and she was commissioned to paint original artwork as part of the Jackson Greater Arts Council’s traffic signal box campaign. 

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