MPS Art Therapy Philosophy of Space

The MPS Art Therapy Department is housed in an expansive, newly renovated space, that includes an open studio with an observation area for the training of students.  This studio, as well as the classrooms, are designed and operated based on the humanistic philosophy that art therapy and art therapy training should be a collaboration mediated by artistic processes and human interaction.  It models Carl Jung’s concept of an ‘enabling space’ or sanctuary, in which the connection between creativity and therapy can be made.  This environment and all that happens within it reinforces the idea that, by treating people with respect and dignity and introducing them to art as part of a special language for self-expression, the power of the creative process can be utilized as a form of therapeutic treatment.  This enables individuals to better access and understand their challenges and potentials.

 

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