Name: Jane Burns
Current Position: Lecturer in Art Therapy,
Queen Margaret University , Musselburgh, Edinburgh , EH21 6UU
0131 474 0000
Areas of Interest:
Art therapies (art, music, dance movement and drama) and older people, in particular older people who have dementia.
Children and young adults on the autistic spectrum
2008 - PhD Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
2003 - Masters in Art Therapy (with Distinction). Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
2001- Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
1995 - BA (Hons) in German with Education and the Diploma in Education. Stirling University
2001 - State registered art therapist
1995 - Qualified modern language teacher
Lecturing at Queen Margaret University (2003– 2008)
Current work: Lecturer in Art Therapy:
Art Based Research (level one)
Art Therapy Theory and Research (level one)
University clinical placement supervisor (level one)
Visiting Lecturer on the MSc Art Therapy Course
Clinical Experience (2001 – 2007)
Art therapy workshops for Afasic Scotland
Sessional art therapist at Dewar House, dementia unit, South Lanarkshire.
Art therapy workshops for South Lanarkshire social work department.
Art therapist on art therapy pilot project for South Lanarkshire NHS/social work department. Working with older people across different day and residential care settings.
My student art therapy placements were undertaken in both dementia and psychiatric day units in the Scottish Borders.
Non-clinical Work (1996-2001)
Senior support worker. Scottish Society for Autism, Clannalba House, Lamington, Lanarkshire. Worked with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum. Managed day and night teams, supervised and trained care staff as well as working with families and external support agencies.
Research (2003- present)
RBS COPA IOP award of £15,000 to study the relationship between creativity and wellbeing in recently retired older adults. Work undertaken with Dr Vicky Karkou and Susan Oliver.
Burns (2007) Book Review of Talking Over the Year: A Handbook of Dynamic psychotherapy with older adults. Evans, S; Garner, J (eds) (2004) The International Journal of Art Therapy Volume 12, Issue 1 June 2007 pp. 52 - 55
Burns (2006) A perspective: Art Therapy and Dementia in Scotland. IN Spring, D. (2006) (ed.) Art in Treatment: A Transatlantic Dialogue. Charles C Thomas: Springfield
Burns, J, Karkou, V. Nicol M, Blair S (2007) Orientation, Connection, Reflection: Arts therapies with older people who have dementia. The British Gerontological Society, University of Stirling.
Burns, J, Karkou, V. Nicol, M., Blair, S (2007) The patterns of practice of art therapists with older people who have dementia Ist International Conference at Stirling - Citizenship: Responding to the Challenge of Dementia, University of Stirling.
Burns, J, Karkou, V., Nicol, M. and Blair, S. (2006) An interpretive description of the patterns of practice of arts therapists working with older people who have dementia (Dramatherapy Perspective): Best Practice Conference. Royal infirmary Edinburgh
Burns, J, Karkou, V., Nicol, M. and Blair, S. (2006) Patterns of Practice of Arts Therapists Working with People with Dementia: Initial results from Dance Movement Therapy findings. Poster presented at the Second International Research Colloquium of the German Association for Dance Therapy. Pforzheim, Germany
Burns, J, Karkou, V (2003)exploring the significance of art therapy for clients with dementia as they move from day into residential care. Unpublished MSc dissertation, Queen Margaret University.
Brief Statement of Current Research Interests
The focus of my clinical work and current academic interest has been in the field of the arts therapies with older people who have dementia. My PhD research was in this area