First-Year Student Perspective on Second-Year Thesis Presentations

The thesis presentations by the class of 2018 on Friday, April 20, 2018 were a success–a success that was shared with the upcoming class of 2019. As the class of 2018 will soon be out in the field, the current first-year students will soon be working on their thesis presentations. Last Friday first-year students were able to support their soon-to-be colleagues as the class of 2018 presented a variety of compelling research. This was also an opportunity for the class of 2019 to mentally prepare for the upcoming thesis work that will coincide with completion of the SVA MPS Art Therapy program. First-year students Ariel Roland Waring and Jenny Asaro shared their thoughts on the experience:

Ariel: The thesis presentations that stood out for me were the ones that utilized interviews–more of a traditional or experimental thesis, which is similar to my educational background. One focused on the experience of foreign-born art therapists [Haylie Chang, Class of 2018] and another on the experiences had by Muslim art therapists while working with clients, staff and in their education [Saeideh Golji, Class of 2018]. Seeing these presentations made the idea of a thesis less intimidating. I had been stewing ideas in my head, so it was validating to see others present case presentations with an experimental framework. I thought, “Oh this isn’t so bad. I can do this.” Also, it was exciting to see research happening in the field and not just reading about it in class. Seeing work done by future colleagues made me excited to add to it.

Jenny: I was pleased to see the work of the second-year students shared so eloquently–I walked away feeling inspired and more at ease with the idea of completing thesis research. In particular I was struck by a self-study which explored countertransference through process art [Glorianny Guzman, Class of 2018]. The presentation was insightful and showed how self-reflection could deeply inform clinical work and be shared for the work of others. It was helpful to see the variety of research presented, which also included individual and group case studies. Seeing the range of presentations opened up possibilities for my own research and helped to clarify what will be expected of my work next year. I feel relieved knowing it is attainable and excited to see the thesis research that develops from the work of my peers.

Artwork by Jenny Asaro, Class of 2019

Written and compiled by Jenny Asaro, Class of 2019

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