Spring Semester Directives

I am in the final weeks of my thesis completion class, about 5/6 of the way done after starting in January 2018 (who’s counting?). Alongside conducting my research and writing the results and discussion chapters, I have been taking courses in advanced human development. This has provided a great opportunity to look at directives that build rapport while understanding the specific reasons that certain work would only be done with certain age groups, and at certain points in the treatment plan (early, mid, late). Here are a few of my recent additions to my art therapy portfolio:

Rumi Light

There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in.

I've been working with this concept intermittently for a couple of years now and finally found the perfect stone to capture the essence of this quote: golden amber labradorite with dark feathering.

Thesis Mandala

This August, I began my thesis project, which is semester 2 of 3 for the thesis series in my MA-MFT art therapy psychology program.

I began to tally my hours spent writing each week. Each chapter is coded by color to represent my thesis experience. It shows the hours spent writing Chapters 1, 2, 3, and my IRB proposal. Upon completion of my research study, I will add a visual representation of Chapters 4, 5, and my time spent gathering data with participants. So far, I have not documented any class time, but may choose to include it in the margins of the paper when I am done.

The mandala is currently about 18” in diameter and uses paper, tissue paper, and marker on Arches watercolor paper.

Thesis Mandala,  in progress

Thesis Mandala, in progress

Art Therapy Experientials, Summer Edition

I have been immersed in condensed, workshop-style art therapy courses this summer. It has been intense, but also incredibly eye-opening. I have gained a much stronger grasp of cross cultural issues, neurobiological art therapy trauma treatment, art therapy techniques for specific populations, creative arts therapies, and metaphors in psychopathology.

Here is a sampling of some of my own work.

Listed in order:

Cross-Cultural Issues - "Art on a Book" Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Art Therapy Treatment for Children - "Initials"

Cross-Cultural Issues - "Culture Puppet"

Metaphors in Child Psychopathy - "You Draw, I Follow" mirroring exercise

Integrating Creative Arts - "Found Poetry"

Cross-Cultural Issues - "Group Mandala"

Cross Cultural Issues - "Native Art"

Mandala/Color Theory - "The Great Round"

Integrating Creative Arts - "Mermaids"