Hey, where ya been?


So, it’s been a little while since I last posted. I don’t really have a good excuse-life just got pretty hectic there for a while. At the moment, I am involved in several projects. I start teaching an intensive class next weekend on art therapy with adults with mental illness. I teach this class on a fairly regular basis, but my lectures always require a fair amount of updating from year to year. I am always astounded and saddened by the many inhumane ways people with mental illness have been treated throughout history. In any time, treaters think they are offering the most progressive treatment. It makes me wonder how history will view our current models of care.

My biggest art project of late is my involvement with SoulCollage. I attended the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City in November 2012. I presented on the overlap between the Recovery Model and the Open Studio approach to art therapy. I also attended many wonderful workshops. Overall, it was one of the better conferences I have ever attended.

The SoulCollage has become a major inspiration to me. I made six cards at the conference and bought supplies to make more on the way home. I am up to sixty cards now. I am registered to take the facilitator training in Andover,MA in April along with my dear friend Robin. We have plans to offer SoulCollage workshops on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. We have spent several full days making cards and I gotta tell you-WOW! It is probably the most meditative and contemplative art practice I have ever engaged in. Check out their website for more information and watch this blog for info on our own workshops coming soon!

http://www.soulcollage.com/

Over the summer, I got a promotion at work. I now manage the daily operations of a psychiatric rehab center. Yay!-except-this has largely taken me out of the art therapy studio at work. We had the good fortune to hire an exceptionally talented art therapist. Yet, I am filled with longing because of the days I spend at the computer and on the phone instead of in the studio. I am keeping my identity as an art therapist alive in many ways but am missing some of the hands-on work of being in the studio. I support the studio in many ways and supervise two art therapists and also student interns. I don’t want to get too far away from it.

Also over the summer, I moved my studio. It is about half the size of the old one, so I am struggling a bit with adapting to this. No matter what I do to organize the space, it is bursting at the seams with art supplies. If I could just squeeze in one more shelving unit…….maybe I could make it work?

So this is where I am in my art journey. Struggling as always to maintain time, space and energy for art making. Working hard as always to solidify and further my identity as an art therapist. Where are you in your journey?

Peace for the New Year. J

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