The latest issue of the MPS Art Therapy Department newsletter In Touch has just launched on the SVA Web site, with a full slate of online stories. Included in the new issue are a letter from Department Chair Deborah Farber, a look at last semester’s “Self-Portrait” exhibition, a report from the summer program in Florence by current student Christina Maria Fort, and more words and images direct from the therapeutic field.
Of particular seasonal interest is “Horticultural Therapy in the World of Art Therapists,” an article by faculty member Meagan O’Connell, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS, HTR. “The therapeutic benefits of gardens and gardening have been recognized for ages,” she writes. “Even the passive experience of a garden can improve health and well-being as most people respond positively to being around colorful flowers and green plants.” Click here to read O’Connell’s piece in its entirety, and click here to visit the In Touch home page.
Image: Dana Gramp, untitled, 2009; from “Self-Portrait.”