Dr. Duanita G. Eleniak, MSW RCSW ATR BCATR RCAT PhD
Program Director, Master in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program
Adler University, Vancouver Campus
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Studio One, the classroom for the new Master in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology,
Vancouver, BC Canada campus was officially inaugurated on September 4, 2014. More on the Inauguration and Photos
Art Therapy Education: ‘Winter White’ at Adler University
Studio One was dark, lit only by candlelight when I entered to attend the final Open Studio of the year which the
students called 'Winter White'. As I relaxed into the vibration that the students and their brilliant site supervisor
had set, I realized that I was getting the same feeling that I got when I walked in the moonlight in fresh-fallen
snow. There was a pregnant hush in the air. There was a softening and stillness in the world they had created which
gave me the feeling of pure peace.
My heart overflowed with joy when I realized that these incredible students had worked with aesthetics — line, shape
and colour — in order to create an environment which induced a feeling of peace that was palpable to all who entered
One of the teachings in our program comes from my art therapy mentor and current Adjunct Faculty Dr. Marie-Josť Dhaese
who said, “Our space can do 90% of the work for us in the therapeutic setting”. I have often pondered how to teach
such a sublime concept. And yet, as I settled into the experience that the students had created in their final Open
Studio of their first semester I could see that these students ‘got it’ and were able to actualize this concept that
we had studied during the semester.
Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved by staying at the same level of consciousness as created it.” In
current-day academia, one of the biggest problems is the stress and pressure felt by the community as we learn,
grow, and change through sharing and integrating new ideas. Instead of ‘fighting stress’, the Open Studio that
the MCP: Art Therapy students created moved those who entered to a whole new level of thought by creating an
experience of peace. It is crucial that our students know how to create an experience of peace and well-being
since these are the actual endpoints sought of most efforts at social action.
I like to imagine the peace that the MCP: Art Therapy students created through the Winter White Open Studio as
a vibrational heart, gently pumping peace throughout the world and beyond.
As counsellors and art therapists we can only take our clients as far as we ourselves go. We are the tools. And when
I see these new MCP: Art Therapy students able to create peace in the anxious, pressure-filled, end-of-term-time in
academia, I think "If we can do this, well ... imagine what we can do outside of the ivory tower!"
For the full story Art Therapy Education: 'Winter White' at Adler University
is a researched story by Dr. Evangeline
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Dr. Rand shows the enormous present day relevance of Jung's mature work - braiding global corporate mining horrors with the field of depth psychology as well as the paradoxical honouring of World Soul.
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Ideas are presented in
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counselling ethics and practices of the
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An introduction to the area of art therapy practice with adolescents who are identified
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Total Continuing Education Credits (CECs) = 3