The Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (MCP:AT) Program at Adler University, Vancouver Campus welcomed the new 2015 Fall Cohort in a moving ceremony called “A Threshold to Wisdom”.
MCP: Art Therapy New Student Orientation Ceremony
The ceremony was experienced in an installation created in Studio One which transformed the classroom into a sanctuary held by veils of rainbow colors representing the 7 Female Liberal Arts.
Seven Female Liberal Arts Installation
Second year students from the very first cohort of the MCP:AT program (Fall 2014) led the new students into the installation across the ‘threshold’ through the replica of a traditional Japanese ceremonial door. They were invited to symbolically release their “old selves” and their “armour” before entering the liminal space created in their classroom in order to begin their transformative journey over the next two years of their training.
Japanese Teahouse Styled Door created by MCP:AT student Sun Lee.
- Students line up wearing masks just before the ceremony.
Students donned masks made by the 2014 Cohort Students and moved into the role of their creatures as they entered a sacred circle around the traditional Class Canvass which MCP: Art Therapy students make at the beginning of their studies.
Dr. Evangeline Rand, Adjunct Faculty at the Vancouver Campus, led the rite of passage in story-telling fashion. Dressed in full costume she read her moving speech as she pulled artifacts from her vest pockets (fashioned in the style of a Jewish prayer shawl) to illustrate the story.
The new students were then witnessed by students, faculty, staff, the Dean and Alumni of Adler University as they made their first “marks” on the 2015 Traditional Class Canvass.
The 2015 MCP:AT Cohort Class Canvas is Complete
After the ceremony the community enjoyed a delightful feast in celebration of the beginning of a new academic year!
Wonderful Food Amidst a Seashore Theme
The feast was prepared by second year MCP:AT students.
Tea in “fancy teacups” are a Signature feature of the MCP:AT Program