Venue : Amritapuri Campus
10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Presentation from the department.
2:00 pm to 3:30pm – Interaction with the scholars
A team of Social Work trainees and professors from Nazareth University, United States, visited the Department of Social Work, Amrita University on 8th January, 2013. The group consisted of Dr .Corinne Dempsey (Professor of Art Therapy), Dr. Stella (Professor of Social Work) and 9 students of Social Work and Art Therapy.
The first session was an interaction between the students from both the campuses. Amrita students spoke about the specialities of Amrita University, the study tour to Mumbai and the tribal camp organized by the Department. Ms. Anita (S4 MSW) gave an introduction about Amrita University, Department of Social Work, the curriculum, specialization, and the overall structure of MSW course. Ms.Parvathy (S4 MSW) presented about their study tour to Mumbai, followed by Ms Jasmine (S2 MSW) who presented on the tribal camp to Munnar, Athirapally and Vazhachal. During the afternoon session, the scholars from Nazareth University introduced the concept of Art Therapy to the students of Amrita and shared their experience of applying Art Therapy at juvenile homes, old age homes, detention centers, nursing homes and among children with autism.
Ms. Grace, one of the scholars, discussed about the nature of clients & the flexibility needed to address each of them If a client comes to her she supplies the client with materials of art and craft & the client starts to respond to the particular materials. And then she would be able to evaluate the client. She makes interpretations, do research & work with them. Some of the directives of art therapy depicts that if the client has drawn the picture by using dark colors then he is anxious. Ms. Megan, who is working in a nursing home as a part of her internship also shared her experience with clients.
Ms. Amber who works with clients having autism mentioned about the helping nature of the service. If a client draws a picture which lacks color & life it is a clear indicator of depression. If a client draws a blurred picture of his/her home , then he/she feels insecurity at home. They mainly divide the clients into three groups according to their age. That is, 5-7- where it is most severe, 17-12 &14-16. It helps to build their social skills. It is a long term process as the matter has to be repeated. Ms. Katie, who is also working with clients having autism discussed the importance of teaching the clients how to express their emotions. They use charts and smileys to teach how to communicate emotions & how to identify emotions. It also helps to build their sensory skills. One of her projects is named “Life on an Island”.
On 9th of January 2013, the team from Nazareth University & the Social work trainees of Amrita University visited the Amrita School of Sanskrit at Parippally. Both the teams together organized a session on art therapy by dividing the whole team into two. Every student participated in this programme. Then there was a cultural programme by the guests & the students of Amrita School of Sanskrit .The programme concluded with an interaction between the students of Amrita university and Dr. Stella(Head of Social Work department) of Nazareth University.
Documented by: Steffy (S2 MSW)
Photos: Joby & Jasmine (S2 MSW)