I do not know if anyone can help me but I thought I would give this a try. I wonder if anyone can share with me what it first felt like doing art therapy. Were you nervous? Did you doubt yourself? Were you worried about hurting people? I am in school for my Masters in Art Therapy, entering my second year. I feel as if what I have learned has sifted out of my brain. I want to be ready to provide the best therapy for whomever I counsel. I will be working with children in a public school this coming year as my internship. These children are, I have been told, from broken homes. I have a background of art. I find it hard to feel I am getting the psychology component in place. I interned at a homeless shelter and relied on my instincts. I felt as if I was always unsure of what to do next. My supervisor/advisor only tells me to work on my issues which I have been working on always. I need constructive advice regarding how to do art therapy, not on my issues...I feel she is going over the line and has no right to address things she does. I have an advisor/ supervisor who analyzes me and offers little help. My advisor/supervisor makes comments on my posture and tells me not to worry but isn't concern about how I will have an impact on whomever I work with, important? I did have a supervisor at the shelter that was an art therapist and I will not have one at the new internship. My supervisor/advisor at school seems to have her own issues and is non-supportive. Is it possible to have an internship with out the supervision of an art therapist or psychologist? Should I look elsewhere or will a guidance counselor (will be at the school) be adequate? I have not learned how to design treatment programs and the assessment course I had was not helpful. I have the empathy, creativity and openess of self already. It is the other piece that feels so hard to grasp. Perhaps if I was not lacking support...What is suggested to do with children the first day you are there? Should I use an assessemnt tool like the Rawley Silver or can I build a repoire and trust with the children? How does one design a treatment program? What books would be helpful? Perhaps I worry too much and expect to know everything too soon. I just want to help and not harm others................. Anyone who remembers what it felt like starting out please respond
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