Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT's blog
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.
Artwork by Wendy Phillips.
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 they produced creative theses and other culminating products.
Group Drama Therapy Session led by new MA in Psychology & Counseling student Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu on April 1, 2014...
"Coming from an expressive therapy program into a counseling psychology program, I am reminded how much I need to connect with people through embodied play. When we engage the body, we engage a more flexible mind.
Art as a Daily Practice: a reflection by MA in Psychology & Clinical Mental Health Counseling student Jacqueline Overstreet:
For artists’ whose vocation is the creation of works of art as well as persons who use artmaking as a vehicle for self expression, keeping a practice going can be a daunting task. There are times when the solitude of the darkroom is a balm for the pressures that come from living in the world. Other times, I need the collaboration and collective work of fellow artists in order to continue creating myself.
Last October, my Jungian Seminar in New Orleans coincided with Halloween. So you can imagine the metaphysical and celebratory possibilities there were in NOLA at that time. Among the offerings was the Voodoo Music Festival with rock music, art, and of course food! Our hotel, the Best Western in Metairie hosted the Tattoo VooDoo Expo.
These first images were produced for the course Trauma and Addiction.
On a recent trip to California, I headed to Santa Barbara to visit one of my favorite art supply stores, Art Essentials, and to see the exhibit of photographer John Divola at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Meandering down State Street I encountered four pianos, each a block apart, positioned on the sidewalk near the curb.