The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions

Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
8 Credits per quarter
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“One of the peculiarities of this third ear is that it works two ways. It can catch what other people do not say, but only feel and think; and it can also be turned inward.”

-Theodore Reik

Why does it add value to the human experience to be heard and witnessed? How can we develop the senses of our “third ear” and listen to others without rushing to fill the silence between us? How can we hear the voices of our deepest inner well more clearly? Through a range of activities rooted in practical psychology and art therapy, this pre-professional course will seek to answer the above questions while clarifying the differences between hearing, listening, and integrating.

Learning in this program will fall into two central categories: knowledge and skills for witnessing and tending others (as in counseling, psychology, or social work), and practices for witnessing and tending the self, who must always be embraced along the way. Using the guiding principles of social and disability justice as a central frame, this course will seek to expand the trauma-informed lenses of students as future practitioners, and public servants.

During winter, an exploration of applied communication theories and interactive witnessing skills practice work, somatic psychology (involving the body) and Jungian psychology (the roots of western art therapy) will be surveyed. A portion of the program will be devoted to artistic mediums of self-exploration through process-oriented darkroom work, watercolor painting, and collage. Cameras are required to be on during the communication practices in break-out spaces.

During spring, we will deepen our exploration of applied communication theories and interactive witnessing skills practice work, while adding in a developmental perspective on somatic psychology. Our visual art practices and assignments will culminate in an in-person studio show during week nine.

This program will intentionally support students in the development of their own emergent callings and career paths. This applies both to students who are well on their way toward a specific career, as well as those who are still exploring the next steps in nurturing their vocation. Those who have felt a call towards careers related to the above helping professions, public health, education, law, human resources, or any other public service orientation which heavily relies on a strong inner compass, will benefit from the practices and observations made in this program.

Credits awarded will be preparatory for entrance into graduate programs in counseling, psychology, art therapy, education, social work, human resource work, and medicine.

Registration

Winter 2023 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (8): 20059
Jr (8): 20060
So (8): 20061
Fr (8): 20062
Spring 2023 Registration

Signature Required

partridp@evergreen.eduStudents wishing to enter in the spring are required to email the faculty () prior to the academic fair for spring quarter. In no more than 100 words, students should address their related experience to the program’s content areas.

Academic details

Paths
Intermediate
Advanced
Exploratory
Entry
Intermediate
Advanced
Exploratory
Entry
Fields of Study
Preparatory For

counseling and social services, especially art therapy, public health, education, law, and human resources

Credits
8
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$86 in winter and $75 in spring for media access and required project supplies

Special Expenses

Students should expect to spend $50 for their quarterly art kits, available in the campus bookstore or through a local supplier of the student's choice.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
Hybrid (W)
Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia