When you get a cut, you put a Band-Aid on it. When you have a headache, you pop a few Tylenol before bed. But when it comes to psychological wounds, treatment is much more complex. When prescriptions don’t work, doctors have to be creative in finding ways to treat their patients. Who better to help than an artist? Art therapists use creativity to help patients express their feelings and live healthier lives. This week’s alumni update features Kaitlin, an art therapy alum who works with people affected by addiction.
Graduation Year/Major: Art Therapy, Class of 2011 (BA) and Class of 2013 (MA)
Current Occupation: I currently work as an art therapist in the Philadelphia area at a methadone clinic working with adults living with addiction. I provide individual, group, and family art therapy in an outpatient setting. Visit her website here.
1) What was your favorite part about Marywood?
I love the sense of community that Marywood has to offer both as a student and as a graduate. It is wonderful to know that no matter how far I may stray, I can always count on feeling a sense of ‘coming home’ at Marywood.
2) Any advice for current art students at Marywood?
Enjoy your time as a student as it is fleeting. Make art every chance you get and have fun! Be experimental, think outside of the box, and don’t be afraid to take risks and ask tons of questions! In the words of Neil Gaiman, “make good art.”
3) How did your art education at Marywood help your career?
My art education at Marywood taught me how to utilize my creativity to be independent and pave my own path. It taught me how to be a strong leader and a team player. Even after graduating I am still in touch with the art therapy faculty and frequently think back on the advice and words of wisdom that were imparted on me as an art therapy student.
4) What is your favorite part about your job?
My job allows me to understand human connection and relationships from a deeply intimate perspective. Being a participant in an individual’s artistic process/life process is one of the most incredible gifts.
5) What do you love the most about art therapy?
Art therapy incorporates all of my passions, and allows me to utilize all of my strengths while assisting others in their life journey. What more could I ask for than to be able to help others while empowering myself?
Are you interested in studying art therapy?
Marywood’s art therapy program is designed to meet the needs of those interested in a career that includes both a commitment to art-making and a commitment to serving others. It will introduce you to the human service profession of art therapy at a pre-professional level. LEARN MORE