A Collaborative Multimodal Expressive Arts Workshop at Residency

At our fall residency, Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis student Natalie Hogge and faculty member Wendy Phillips collaborated in the creation of a six-hour Multimodal Expressive Arts workshop held in segments over three days. Our goal was to offer students and colleagues an opportunity to experience Multimodal Processes and to reflect on these experiences in preparation […]

Student Melissa Sivvy Shares Her Expressive Arts Work

In my experience as a child from a middle class white family with a psychologist as a father, assessment testing was a game for me. I was my dad’s guinea pig, solving WISC puzzles and word problems as his students gathered around to watch. It was a kind of performance, really. This semester, I have […]

Student Sharon Hughes’ Expressive Arts Mandala Project

Below, Sharon discusses the mandala she made as part of her course in Psychopathology in Goddard College’s Psychology and Counseling’s Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis Program. Artist Statement For psychologist, Carl Jung, a mandala symbolizes “a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness” (Robertson, 1992).  It is a fusion of distinctive elements in a unified scheme representing […]

Multimodal Expressive Arts Seminars

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 […]

Sharing Expressive Arts Work in Academic and Professional Settings

In the Psychology and Counseling Program at Goddard, we have many opportunities to share the personal Expressive Arts works that we have made. We also share, in experiences with clients, what we learn about the principles of Expressive Arts Therapy theory. We share work in our Expressive Arts Exhibit and Opening at residencies, in our dialogues […]

Grief Work and Expressive Arts by Student Matt Mulligan

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. There had been losses of loved ones in recent months as […]

Student Tamara Liaschenko’s Expressive Movement Creation and Reflection

MA in Psychology and Counseling student Tamara Liaschenko presents the expressive movement piece she created as a component of her individually designed course in Social and Cultural Foundations integrating Expressive Arts Therapy content. In her words: “This piece represents the resilience and love gained from growing up in my family, the gifts my grandmother shared, […]

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Latin America Regional Conference Part 2

  Here, I continue to tell the story of my experience at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Regional Conference in Antigua, Guatemala. We attended a lunch presentation at a developing residential program for children who have terminal illnesses and their families. The complex of traditional rustic buildings was situated in a rural setting.. The […]

Expressive Arts Reflection From Nirodha Stearns (MA PSY ’14)

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 […]

A Glimpse into the Experience of an Expressive Arts Emphasis Residency

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. The Expressive Arts aspect of residency reminds me […]