Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT's blog
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.
I was so thrilled to attend the Student Gallery opening at the Haybarn Theatre on September 15, 2012 as part of the MA in Psychology & Counseling program residency.
In my undergraduate work at Goddard, we had a rich movement community. At each residency, we did Authentic Movement work with a professor who uses it in her private practice. I have loved the group work that I have done with Authentic Movement (AM) and have engaged in several groups over the years. I am presently not involved in expressive arts beyond my music job, so I wanted to revisit this work and bring this rich modality into the community here in the context of a workshop.
It's 9:48 pm and I'm at the Goddard College Psychology & Counseling program residency in Plainfield, Vermont. My sister and I are staying in the family dorm so my bulldozer of a baby boy can sleep right beside me and she can look after him during the days. He's 18 months old and passed out with just a few lullabies at 9pm. Whenever I get too excited with my typing he sighs and stirs. So I'll keep this quick.
Painting on the left by MA PSY student, Tanya Sapula.
I am excited about our Fall residency that begins this week! The residency time will be infused with much creativity and artistic expression. Here’s some of what we will be doing. I will be teaching this workshop:
Recently, I have wondered why I have found so many “closeted” artists among the MA in Psychology and Counseling students at Goddard. Perhaps artists who are students of psychology are intuitively drawn to a field that acknowledges and embraces the power of symbols and metaphor, creative expression, and the unique gifts and talents of each individual.
I begin this blog to create a space for the discussion of the ways we have been integrating art, symbols, and creative expression into our curriculum of psychological theory and counselor training here at Goddard. About three years ago, I began to explore the ways that we could incorporate artistic practices and reflections on these experiences into the content of our coursework as well as the final products produced as the culmination of the consideration of particular subject related to the field of psychology and counseling.