Art and Social Interaction: A Guide for College Internships Serving Correction, Rehabilitation and Human Service Needs

Art and Social Interaction: A Guide for College Internships Serving Correction, Rehabilitation and Human Service Needs
$44.95eBook: $44.95
Genres: Art Education, Correctional Facilities, Mental Illness, Social Work
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Year: 2022
ISBN: 9781032184111

An Award-Winning Artist’s Book Shows How College Students Bring The Freedom Of Expressive Art Into Conditions Of Confinement and Learn About Life

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About the Book

This detailed, skillfully structured manual provides all the information needed for faculty in liberal arts colleges, activity personnel in human service institutions, and community volunteers to present expressive art workshops in jails, psychiatric facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, shelters and facilities for youth in need. Students perform vital community service to social service institutions while gaining education relevant to their lives and potential careers, at the same time coming into direct contact with the major domestic issues of our time—crime, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic abuse and aging.

The art projects are specially designed to tap into personal experience, acknowledge achievement, and improve self-esteem. Methods include everything needed to set up the course in an art or social work department, and approaches provided to deliver the program to diverse populations. Covered is planning and execution; aesthetic and humanistic objectives; projected outcomes and methods of evaluation. Techniques are presented for drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and crafts.

'In Art and Social Interaction, Professor Peck provides a detailed blueprint for experiential learning in art and social justice. Through internships making art collaboratively with a range of individuals experiencing the challenges of poverty, trauma and oppression, often in institutional settings, students practice compassion, humility and creativity. Art and Social Interaction is truly a book for this moment, when those with educational privilege are called to use their skills to advance social justice. Professor Peck demonstrates the way visual art levels the playing field and facilitates critical insight into identity and society. The book is a must read for university administrators and faculty as we work to educate the next generation of compassionate and skilled leaders.'
– Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor Emerita, Boston College Law School
'Dr. Peck’s book on the healing of disenfranchised and marginalized populations via shared expressive art activities with college students is a breath of fresh air. An artist and an educational icon, she leads the next generation of students to appreciate the value and imperative nature of this endeavor.'
– Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University
'The art program at Delaney Hall succeeded in healing the residents suffering from substance use disorders in a way that traditional forms of therapy could and would not do alone. I saw more and more residents take an interest in the program and residents who had barely interacted with staff begin to open up. The art created with the college students became an emotional outlet that allowed their anger, sorrow and joy to transcend the traditional therapeutic relationship and in turn gave them a sense of healing. The value went well beyond the sessions because their artwork became a piece of their inner self to reflect upon. The availability of this book allows for us possibly to continue a version of this fertile program through our own resources.'
– Ellyn Gannon, LPC, MA, NCC, ACS, CCS, Delaney Hall, Deputy Director/Clinical Director
'Judith Peck’s new book, Art and Social Interaction, offers a compelling rationale and a useful guide to teachers, counselors, institutional administrators, and others in human services to get at the innermost feelings and concerns of those in their care -- particularly those most vulnerable and often reticent to speak out -- by employing various forms of non-verbal expression through drawing, painting and sculpture and the non-threatening social engagement with dedicated college students.'
– Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, Smith College
'What makes Peck’s book different is the authenticity of her broad experience, and its relevance to professors, students and institutional administrators. The kind of work encouraged and fostered here draws on an altruism that is fading. This work facilitates social change and builds sorely needed connection between institutions and communities.'
– Andy Teirstein, PhD, Arts professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts