Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Finishing School and Qualifying Orals

 "Holding A Space for TH. An Object Relations Art Therapy Approach"

It wouldn't be right to let this event go unnoticed on the blog. It was after-all "a capstone experience" (a la the chair of the Art Therapy department, Richard Carolan) 

After eight months of internship, 24 art therapy treatment plans and 2 in-class presentations I presented my Qualifying Orals Presentation on April 10th. Fifty (yes 50) minutes speaking in front of a small crowd of strangers, friends and professors about theory, art therapy, artwork, treatment goals, therapy sessions and outcomes. 

My presentation was titled "Holding A Space for TH. An Object Relations Art Therapy Approach". Sounds simply riveting, right? I was the second of 6 speakers to present, the 3rd day in a 3-day series of presenters from my Seminar II cohort. All in all I believe eighteen of us jumped through the qualifying orals hoop together. When we all met for the regularly scheduled supervision later that week the stress level in the room had dropped considerably in comparison to weeks past. The relief was tangible. 

Now I sit just one day away from my last day of art therapy graduate school. I can't believe how quickly the two years have flown by in retrospect. Granted I still need to write that little thing called "thesis". . . but all in due time.

Tomorrow I'll hop in my car and make that 50 + minute drive for one of the last times. I'll carry in tow a batch of cookies for the Seminar II potluck, along with my ginormous Practicum Binder (which I created in duplicate because that's how I roll).
The Ever-Growing Binder

Being done with school again feels bittersweet. I've meet such interesting, creative and intelligent people in this program. I've laughed so hard and so cathartically alongside them, learned so much through their their experiences and understanding of theory. They've inspired me to be a better therapist, to trust my intuition, to check my countertransference, and when in doubt, to MAKE ART.

My colleagues, friends & fellow students will no doubt serve their institutions and populations with the utmost professionalism, respect and insight. I am thrilled to call myself a member of this community, and look forward to what each of us will bring to the important and transformational field of Art Therapy. What a gift it has been to share this experience with you. Thanks for holding a space for me.

1 comment:

  1. well said Hayley! I am very blessed to have shared some of the many moments of laughter with you. I wish you the best and will look forward to seeing you either "virtually" on fb or in person sometime in the future. xoxo congrats on your hard work!