I am amazed that we are well into March of 2017 already… This year is going by so fast for me, which is interesting because it has certainly not felt as busy as 2016!
I am dropping in to update you on where myself and the blog are at, as well as giving you a heads up about an awesome opportunity to explore arts in health in action.
I returned to full time work this year, having decided to not continue with my art psychotherapy studies at this time. After 1 year of full time study in the field, I felt I had learned as much as I could under the guidance of the training college. I may return to complete it in the future, but will do so at a University rather than persist with the private education sector. (In Australia most Universities are public.)
Consequently, this year I am focusing upon my own art making and looking for new opportunities to apply my skills as a Psychologist, which is complimentary to but broader than ‘art therapy’ on its own. Art as and in therapy is a philosophy and approach to psychotherapy just like other well known modalities more commonly practiced by Psychologists today, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Mindfulness.
I will continue to update this site periodically but updates will be less frequent as these will come from events that I attend or am aware of as relates to arts in health. If anyone has any particular topics, events or ideas they would like me to cover, please let me know (email is best: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once a site is up devoted to my own personal art making, I will also let you know here so that you can visit and give me some feedback on my work! 🙂
Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is in the southern suburbs of Adelaide and has enjoyed a long running arts-in-health program. To celebrate 20 years of the program, a series of low cost (free to FMC staff and patients) lectures and events is coming up:
You can download the full program and register to attend sessions here. 🙂
I hope you are all doing great and have been having a great year so far. 🙂 I look forward to updating you on my progress with my own art making over the coming months. I have decided to keep this and my new site separate as they reflect different areas of interest, different parts of myself.
If any of you are currently studying, where are you training and how is it going for you? I hope the journey is rewarding!