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 […]

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Latin America Regional Conference

In February, 2014 I was very fortunate to attend the International Expressive Arts Therapy  Association (IEATA) Regional Conference in Antigua, Guatemala. I sought the opportunity to experience Expressive Arts practices in a region from which many of my clients originate and to improve my ability to offer culturally relevant psychotherapy. The experience was transformative for […]

Reflection from Graduating Student Mushkan DeFilippo

Mushkan DeFilippo (MA PSY ’14): 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 […]

Dr. Wendy Phillips Talks about Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis

Over the last five years at Goddard College, we have explored ways to integrate the arts into the Psychology and Counseling department. We have developed ways for students to include creative works as components of coursework, supported students as they incorporated art into their work with clients at internships and practica, and guided students as […]