I have only recently become active here. I was worried that the last contribution was some time ago. My undergrad degree is in art education but I recieved my grad degree in social work. I did not use my artist tools in treatment much. Then I found the Artist Way and it opened new doors to me. My first art show and a power to create I had tucked away.. Concurrently I was blessed with a new co-worker who had an art therapy degree and was working on her MSW.. She became my gentle encourager and taught me to further open new doors in treatment.After several years of working together, she moved on to another state. Geographically! It was quite a loss for me but she again encouraged out reach in me, so here I am!
The intro said it was looking espically for how other diciplines worked with and viewed art therapist. Well, I had years of experience ahead of my friend, but she was the link to the unexplored country in my pratice! She also nurtured that spirit in all the staff and we all benifited from her sharing of cases and how she used the arts to promote healing.
One of the therapist I currently work with and supervise is using The Artist Way as a companion tool in a Adult Woman Trama group. The difference between its use and The Courage To Heal, we used in the last group, seems to be the remarkable unleashing of the capasity for joy and creativity to accompany the working through of trama issues.
I also have become very interested in sandtray therapy, but find it hard to locate trainning and workshops in my area..Working back and forth between the sand tray and art work has been really sucessful in helping to free what was non-verbal and non-verbalizable! It is awsome and leaves me in a constant state of asking: What did that do? Why did that work? What next?? So if any of these ramblings touch a cord, and if this place is still active? I am looking for people to walk with! thanks Anna
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