Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT's blog
At the fall 2014 residency, we explored Deborah Koff-Chapin’s practice, Touch Drawing. We improvised and repurposed available surfaces (cafeteria trays, and cardboard covered with sheets of adhesive vinyl) as well as sheets of plexiglass. The surfaces were coated with oil paint, covered with newsprint and then we drew – from the unconscious using our hands and fingers.
Our Expressive Arts Emphasis Art Exhibition Opening in the Haybarn Theatre Gallery always creates a special container for us to experience each others’ work made during the past semester. This time during the fall semester, several students created work as an expression of grief.
When I prepared to travel to my first residency at Goddard five years ago, a colleague who would become a good friend told me that Goddard was like “summer camp for psychologists.” Now, as I reflect on my residency experiences, I realize that he was absolutely right.
(Painting at left by Cherie Crowninshield).
Nirodha Stearns graduated from the MA in Psychology and Counseling program in March, 2014. Here is his reflection on his expressive arts project:
"I completed fifteen "Soul Cards" spanning personal experiences over my lifetime as well as more recent work with individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders usually manifesting in substance abuse. They are a collage mostly of photographs I had taken.
This collage represents my vision of the woman I have become through my time at Goddard, and, thanks to my life experiences over those years, how I see myself as a therapist.
I chose the image of The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, partially because I am Italian and also as a symbol of birth of my own feminine qualities. Her nudity is unapologetic. She wears a crown that symbolizes her being the queen of her life, and fully embracing her power and presence.