Faculty member Dr. Deborah Hickey describes her work with Expressive Arts at Goddard
There are two principal ways that I presently integrate the expressive arts into the curriculum, beginning with the Basic Counseling Skills Seminar that I teach:
- Expressive arts are completely woven throughout the seminar along with experiential work and brief didactic lectures.
- Basic skills such as attunement, empathic listening, asking questions that open space, and learning how to grow deep understanding of our clients (assessment) and ourselves (self of the therapist) provide the curriculum in learning while expressive arts and experiential work are used to bring the learning to life.
I require all of my mentees to engage in at least one expressive art experience as part of their coursework. This practice is informed by the understanding that we learn best through experience and also when emotion and strong meaningful connections are made with the material. This requires that we engage in expressive, ‘right brain’ approaches in our learning. The spectrum of expressive arts is very diverse and each student determines which expressive media they will engage in and how. I encourage students to move through two or more media, inter-modally, to more fully reap the full benefits of the arts in learning and exploring themselves in the learning.