Building a Culture of Collaboration in Art Therapy Education
After a multidisciplinary opportunity to engage elementary students in art based learning and cross-cultural communication through symbol systems, the authors sought to collaborate within the context of their academic setting.
Dr. Albrecht’s research on professional development in higher education/teacher education has focused on a culture of collaboration; participants build trust, respect, and shared beliefs, and create a safe environment for the exchange of discourse that is recursive in nature. These constructs were applied within the context of Dr. Wolf Bordonaro’s supervision of graduate art therapy students engaged in local and international internship experiences. Weekly supervision of the art therapy students embraced four dimensions of collaboration and the curriculum included extensive dialogue as well as art-based learning and insight.
Keywords: Art Therapy, Cross-Disciplinary, Collaboration, Education
Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro
Director, Art Therapy Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Art Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Counseling, Emporia State University.
Prior to joining the faculty at ESU, Gaelynn taught art therapy coursework at Florida State University (Florida), the University of Louisville (LouiKentucky), and La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). She has presented throughout the United States, England, Jamaica, India, the Islands of the Bahamas, Germany, South Africa, Thailand, and Australia on art therapy intervention in response to natural disasters, pediatric medical art therapy, using photography in therapeutic and special education settings, art therapy with geriatric populations, and art therapy with children with special needs. In 1999, she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Wolf Bordonaro's primary areas of interest are international art therapy, pediatric medical art therapy, photography in art therapy settings, and art therapy in schools. As an artist, Gaelynn particularly enjoys photography, found object sculpture, and reinventing or reconstructing surfaces using paint and mixed media.
Dr. Nancy Albrecht
Associate Professor, School Leadership and Secondary/Middle School Education, Emporia State University