by Claire Woollatt
The Art Therapy Honours year was one of personal growth and reflection. It was not without some difficulties along the way but learning to reflect using art materials and images was immensely helpful when faced with unexpected personal challenges this year. The community and clinical engagements were intense and moments of incredible learning. Having the opportunity to work alongside members of the community through the use of art, showed the power that art has in bridging connections and breaking down cultural barriers.
The research was daunting but extremely valuable. I am grateful that the lecturers encouraged me to do a self-study and my fellow cohort helped support me through a challenging personal familial research, which resulted in resilience building and an integrated connection within my family. The staff and lecturer’s passion for the course was obvious and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this new emerging profession.