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    Bodhi Simpson, 32
    Program Manager
    Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers

    Bodhi Simpson is the director and
    clinician of the Teen Parent School
    Program at the Maine Children’s
    Home for Little Wanderers in
    Waterville. The program (see www.
    ) is open
    to pregnant and parenting teens
    statewide, and provides prenatal and
    parenting instruction, and academic
    and life skills courses.
    Simpson, who has worked at the
    agency for seven years, brings special
    talents to her job.

    “Bodhi is unique in the clinical
    therapy world because of her
    knowledge and expertise in the
    wonderful combination of art therapy
    expertise and gifted ability with
    adolescents,†writes her supervisor,
    Elizabeth Dostie.

    “She has designed and implemented
    art therapy groups for teens…designed
    to promote healing from grief, trauma
    and difficult, often marginalized lives.
    She has consistently organized and
    supported collaboration with local
    agencies and caseworkers, physicians,
    lawyers, courts, and homeless shelters
    to help her clients.

    “Bodhi works tirelessly, mostly
    behind the scenes, to promote
    awareness of the difficulties faced
    by her teen mom clients,†Dostie
    continues. “They face homelessness,
    addicted parents, sometimes abusive
    boyfriends and indignities such as
    being unable to sign for themselves
    and being unable to afford to go to
    court for help with emancipation
    papers to enable them to care for their
    children properly.â€Â

    “Bodhi is an advocate time and time
    again for her clients.â€Â

    A native of Benton, Simpson
    graduated from Lawrence High;
    UMaine Augusta, where she earned
    a bachelor’s degree in mental health
    and human services; and Springfield
    College, getting her master’s in
    clinical art therapy and mental health
    counseling. She has extensive training
    in Sandtray Worldplay therapy and is
    a trained SoulCollage facilitator.

    Next month she will open her own
    creative arts therapy practice in
    Waterville, providing individual
    counseling, art therapy, and
    SoulCollage groups to the community
    on a monthly basis. (Bodhi means “the
    enlightened one.â€Â)

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