One course that I really enjoyed this semester was PCL 374: The Helping Relationship. I learned so much information about the do’s and don’ts when in a helping situation. The knowledge that I have acquired within this class will not only help me short-term, but long-term as well. With my life long aspiration to be a Child Life Specialist, understanding and applying the proper techniques and theories is extremely important.
To wrap up the semester, my classmates and I presented our group presentations and also welcomed a very influential guest in the remaining days we had left. Our guest, Jennie Mazza Jones who works as a Play Therapist, came to discuss the importance of play therapy and how beneficial it can be. With the classes’ participation, we did an activity where we wrote down one or two negative things that we often tell ourselves on a paper plate. After writing them down, we painted over them. As the paint dried, we listen to more stories that Jennie shared with us. When finally dry, we were told to write the opposite thing that we had previously written. It was very therapeutic to see those negative thoughts visually disappear.
For our final class, a group of my classmates organized an activity incorporating play therapy. We were given a blank piece of paper and several bright colored paints. We could use our hands or feet to paint and had the freedom to create whatever we wanted. Some of us used our hands while others used their feet. It was a great stress reliever just being able to get my hands dirty.
Take a look at some of my classmates, along with some of our beautiful creations: