Last week at my internship we had a holiday cook-off—clinical versus administrative! I was recruited last minute to bring in something because a clinician wasn’t able to, so I had my boyfriend whip up some of his tasty deviled eggs for me to bring to the party. There was a really great turn out of clinicians and administrative staff, and people sat around to eat and schmooze for an hour. Three clinicians from the partial hospitalization program (PHP), which is located down the hall from the outpatient offices, served as the judges for the competition and sampled all of the dishes. Unfortunately, the clinical team was defeated by the administrative staff with a tasty white and milk chocolate truffle pudding! I was really happy that I could attend the cook-off because it was my first chance at my internship site to sit with the clinicians and chitchat, instead of doing supervision or talking strictly about work.
Another great aspect of my internship site is the PHP that I just mentioned. On Wednesdays I co-lead an expressive arts therapy group at the PHP, which is an amazing opportunity to work with clients in a higher level of care. It is also such a special experience because I get to dabble in expressive therapy (drawing, skits, poems, creative writing, etc), which I don’t get to use as much as I would like to with my individual clients. I was actually introduced to expressive therapy by my Couples and Family course professor, Dr. Alajarma, this past summer when I took his course. He has a PhD in expressive therapy and would often incorporate these activities and techniques into the classroom.