Hello I am new to this forum. I am from UK and embarked on an art teaching course as a mature student. I am now 45.
I am about to embark on a job with 'Emotional and behaviourally disturbed students' using art as a educational and therapeutic role.
I would like to tentatively suggest that experience in the field around the area of your professional interest is important for any professional to integrate the intelectual/academic dimension. Much of what is influential in dealing with this client group is the instinct of facilitating and acting naturally in a therapeutic mode. Experience is important in achieving your personal tool kit and dare I say in realising your own identity and issues - which we all have.
In the job that you suggest establish a mentor and realise your own needs to grow in the job. This is realistic. Life experience is the real context which with this work the learning/academic dimension becomes relevant. Try not to confuse the two.
Best of luck and I wish you well.
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