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Pratt Institute Commencement Announcement

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Pratt Creative Arts Therapy EXPO 2009

A little delayed, but here are a few photographs from the EXPO. It was nice to meet, see, and hear one of the founders of the Creative Arts Therapy program at Pratt, Art(hur) Robbins.

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Best campus in the city

Pratt Institute - Brooklyn Campus

Pratt Institute - Brooklyn Campus

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More than a month has passed

Well, I have withdrawn from my blog, but only because I have become supremely busy with school and managing my new life. Graduate school has proven to be intellectually and emotionally challenging and thus exhausting. It seems to be a common response among my classmates, and, according to my professors, a normal response in adjusting to the first semester of grad school in an experiential program. There have been a variety of aspects I’ve had to reorganize and prioritize entering into this program. My classes, readings, papers, internship, work, and trying to manage my life outside the program while also trying to manage enough sleep and downtime. When I had my 9-5 job, I didn’t have to think about balancing any of these things. Balancing and balance have become key words this semester. The support within my program from my classmates has also proven to be important to adjusting to this new lifestyle.

I walked by this on the way to the bank today:

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More suggested readings and other things

Looks like I won’t be finishing The Magic Years anytime soon, because I have other readings that have taken priority(this week). I’ve started Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch and will be finishing that book as soon as possible as I have my first paper coming up on October 1st. Yikes!

Other, current, readings include articles and chapters from Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom and Molyn Leszcz, Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis by Peter Fonagy, and, of course, the good ol’ Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition by the American Psychological Association. This is a must have for any student required to use APA Style.

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Suggested readings

It’s official. I’m one week in and already up to the top of my 5’2″ head in books, packets, and assigned readings. I hope this doesn’t sound like a complaint, because I couldn’t be more ready to dive into these topics.

I am currently reading The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood by Selma Fraiberg. It has been pretty interesting so far covering topics of anxiety and mental health in human development.

In the meantime, here are other topics I have run into, very early, this semester:

  • The first eighteen months of development
  • Theories involved in the study of development
  • Theory of the mind
  • Attachment theory and psychoanalysis
  • Experiential exercise
  • Authentic movement
  • The history, formation, and uses of art and dance therapy
  • Art psychotherapy

I plan on continuing a topic list as the semester unwinds in order to reveal terms, concepts, and ideas art therapists encounter in the field.

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