Art is a graduate of the College of Social Work at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.. He has over thirty years of experience with children, teens and their families. He has worked in residential care, community mental health and as a staff clinician with the Bingham Child Guidance Center of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. It was at Bingham in the late 80’s that Art first learned of the value of play therapy as a modality. In this rich multidisciplinary setting, this modality became the language that informed his clinical world and enabled him to reach children and their families who were experiencing emotional, mental, and physical distress. The bulk of his work is with children, teens and families who are coping with ADHD, divorce, depression, school problems, emotional issues related to medical conditions and other life changes and transitions.
Mr. Cleveland is also the Co-Founder of the DADS Family Project. The DADS (Dads Actively Developing Stable Families) Family Project is a psycho-educational parent education program designed especially for fathers. The purpose of the program is to assist dads in understanding the essential role of fathering and to teach skills that would aid fathers in bonding, nurturing, creating a safe and secure home environment, disciplining and communicating with their children. As the father of four, Mr. Cleveland brings professional and personal experience to the DADS Family Project. DADS has worked with the Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison and Taylor counties, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Leon County Jail.
As a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor of the Association for Play Therapy, Mr. Cleveland utilizes play therapy principles in his clinical practice. In addition, he is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work with advanced credentials in work with children and families , a clinical member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He also has advanced training in Infant Mental Health through the Harris Institute for Infant Mental Health and the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention at Florida State University.