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Honoring the Spectrum of Self

Wild Heart Gallery Exhibition On May 20th, 2016 the Honoring the Spectrum of Self exhibition began with an opening night of planned and spontaneous performances. Spoken word, song, and video filled the large art therapy classroom and vibrant conversations filtered into the Wild Heart Gallery, where guests could examine the installed works…
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Mandalas and Thoughts at Week Eight

by Debbie Schroder Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program  It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
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Psychology of Altruism: A Creative Experience

by Christine Miller The initial quarter of classes I took at Southwestern College was both exciting and intimidating. It was through one of my first and most memorable classes that I learned the value of intention. Without a concrete intent to work on something, I would get lost in other thoughts and distractions or procrastinate…
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Art Therapy Supervision

As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has. Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a jail,…
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Bird Sculpture

by Lisa Marie Paradis   Where do you hail from? You and yours snug tightly In between the dream Awaken to five year old father's soul inhabited by butcher's Chicken floating gently across the room- enter the back of the neck- boulders upon the fleeing road-where do you hail from? barbed wire divisions in size-fait-memory-Is the …
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Creative Shoes, Another Journey

My 2013 section of Current Trends in Art Therapy's Journey Shoes! Check out the directional video on Vimeo, which was used in Art Therapy Alliance's Six Degrees of Creativity 2. The students seemed to enjoy the process of recreating the shoes that they brought in to class. Some brought old shoes, uncomfortable shoes, shoes with…
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Art-Based Genograms: Ancestors Visible

by Debbie Schroder The idea seems simple, initially. When making a Genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how Genograms are usually done).  Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based Genograms. Never doubting our…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within two weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontaneous scribbles, hand…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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