Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, October 19, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
9:00am - 3:00pm
Monroe Community College
FEATURING: Steven Hyler, MD; Pete Earley; Michael Hogan, PhD
COST: $15 [the word is we can get the MCC student price]
DEADLINE: November 3rd
***Official flyer will be posted in pdf format soon on BlackBoard. The computers were locked this morning; I will get to it when I get back home. At least the specifics are posted here, so y'all can mark your calendars if interested.
Thanks to Devin for passing along this information and great opportunity!!
Monday, October 15, 2007
I have since revisited the site, and there is not the selection that was offered during the summer; but there are some interesting things. Don't limit your navigating to just the art therapy certificate section - the good stuff is mixed in (like healthcare and behavioral sciences, then subheading counseling and therapy). I wanted to post it so that anyone interested could check it out periodically, just in case they offer another trauma and the brain weekend short course (which is one that I noticed when I originally stumbled across it's existence).
Anyhoo...just another possible resource to consider.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
We will be discussing a variety of new topics and doing some housekeeping. Please note that some of you agreed to do research or present on a topic during this meeting. Specifically: Lodging for AATA, ArtWalk summary, The Woodsman film discussion, etc.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
We welcome your feedback on this!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Last December, a fellow graduate Creative Arts Therapy student, Jordan Kroll, and I attended a lecture in New York City given by Dr. Rebecca DiSunno, an established/practicing art therapist for over 10 years. In her presentation, Dr. DiSunno described her experience volunteering in Northern Tanzania with Cross Cultural Solutions, a global non-profit organization, and illustrated how that experience cultivated her interest in the potential for art therapy as a modality for mental health intervention in Africa.
Given my own interest in using art therapy to address the mental health needs in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. DiSunno and I began a dialog regarding the possibility implementing a pilot art therapy program in Africa. Dr. DiSunno was eventually successful in arranging a three week internship through Cross Cultural Solutions for New York University graduate art therapy department and extended an invitation to the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Nazareth. Three students, including myself, were able to take advantage of this incredible learning opportunity; and on August 10th, we embarked on the three week journey exploring the potential of art therapy in Northern Tanzania.
While there, Day, Julie and I worked at Mahabusu Ya Watoto, a juvenile detention hall for adolescents (age 7-17) who have been accused but not yet convicted of their crimes. Over the course of the three week pilot program, we led both innovative group and individual art therapy sessions/interventions/activities that focused on increasing self-esteem, individual validation, and establishing universality. In addition, we engaged these adolescents with a group mural making experience that worked towards instilling hope, facilitating group cohesion and finally, promoting a progression towards rehabilitation.
Though challenging at times, the overall experience was incredible and I believe the work we did there (NYU students included) will prove to be a substantial contribution to the field of art therapy in a global context and the eventual rise of art therapy in Africa. Not only were we able to explore using art as a modality for addressing intercultural mental health issues, but we also gained incredible insight and experience working with multicultural populations that will inevitably enrich our perspectives as neophyte art therapists.
In order to share our experience, Day, Julie and I will be giving an extensive presentation (including a reception and viewing of artwork) on Monday, November 26th focusing on art therapy in Africa and our work at the detention hall. More information will be advertised in the coming month.
Friday, September 14, 2007
There is nothing like seeing three seemingly uninterested inner-city adolescent males sit down in front of a large piece of felt, listen nonchalantly to the inspirational Shel Silverstein poem, grab the glitter, and go to town - creatively participating for the entire hour time-slot while other children came and went after 10 minutes. For our superhero intervention, a passerby could have easily confused us with the Lego tent, what with the mobs of kids and adults crowding for the chance to create their very own superhero out of spongy magical clay.
Our interventions were a hit; and the word of art therapy was spread across our nation’s capitol, and essentially the world, in just 3 days.
[presentation or discussion to follow at a collective meeting in the future]
Lego Creation Nation