Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT's blog
I have returned to Goddard for fall residency and am immediately inspired. Students have shared their work at our Psychology and Counseling Expressive Arts Opening and the principles of Expressive Arts Therapy are embodied by the works created as well as by the creators.
It’s wonderful to be back on Goddard’s campus in the midst of the mountains as spring insistently pushes its way in.
We welcomed new students and presented our Expressive Arts opening in the Haybarn Theatre Gallery for the 6th time. As usual, the container created by the works on the wall, the artists’ presence and performance art became a liminal space and a geographical location of transformation.
For me, a magical aspect of residency is getting ready: making airline reservations, planning the seminar I will teach, hearing from students about the artwork they will exhibit and present, and looking forward to conversations with students and faculty colleagues on campus.
Here is a “sneak preview” of the seminar I will lead this upcoming residency (April 5-12, 2013). This seminar combines two of my favorite activities, handwork and storytelling & folktales:
by MA in Psychology student Cherie Crowningshield of Port Kent, N.Y.
When I was eleven I was intrigued by the thought of travel. The idea that someone could get on a plane and before long be immersed in a new culture, and environment always fascinated me.
When I reached high school I met my best friend, Minako Matsui. She was a foreign exchange student from Japan who chose to leave the stability of her home to learn in the United States. We soon became great friends, for we were both so interested in each other’s lives.
Last week while in New Orleans for our monthly Jungian training seminar, I found myself with a free day, but in a torrential rain storm. No chance of wandering and making photographs in the French Quarter this visit.
I remembered passing by what looked like an art supply store in the Fat City neighborhood near my hotel on my visit last month. (I am perpetually lost in New Orleans, and hoped I would be able to find my way back.) I did find it, with the help of a young woman who was a native New Oreleanian.
The last work of the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Goddard College is the “Final Product.”
This work represents a culmination and integration of coursework, and may take the form of a thesis or a Capstone Product. Each student makes his or her own decision about which of the two final product options will be undertaken.
Recently, students have begun to integrate creative and expressive work into these final products. Thesis students have created artwork that “stands alone” or is juxtaposed or integrated into theoretical writing.