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Students Speak Out – Dawn Chaput

WHEAT Students Artwork, Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy

Students Speak Out is a series on WHEAT’s blog documenting students’ experiences while studying at WHEAT. If you are a current or past student and would like to contribute to the blog, please email

* This post was originally published on July 14, 2016

Which class/course did you take at WHEAT Institute?

I participated in the first three classes of the art therapy diploma program culminating in an intensive 10 day experience including : Art therapy Counseling skills and techniques, Art therapy Assessment and Field Research, and Working with Trauma.

Who was the instructor for your class/course?

What was one major take away from the class/course?

As a professional visual artist I took away an opening of the connection between movement, the body, and expression. The introduction of focusing oriented therapy and exploration of Somatic art therapy was huge in my understanding of how therapy can relate to art and become a healing modality.

What are some ways you could share this learning with your friends, family, or professional practice?

In practice I would definitely include guided meditation and language to include felt sensations and color connections to explore through art.

I have documented a few of the pieces and small reflections of personal process through the intensive on my Facebook page and Instagram account.

February 2, 2018


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