Educational Institutions: Graduate students in Social Work programs of USC and UCLA. More recently we have developed partnerships with CalState Northridge, USC’s Occupational Therapy program, and Alliant University’s Art Therapy program. We are open to new partnerships as well.
Interns not only guide the development of the project but also conduct research on the role of art group participation in mental health recovery and on the impact of our dynamic speaker’s bureau on the attitudes of high school, college and graduate school students. Interns help members work together to develop and implement social and community events. Every intern with The Painted Brain has the opportunity to lead a weekly art group hosted by one of our many community partners in the mental health system.
In 2013, interns with our project began working individually with members in our new Artist Support Services. Through this project, we create individualized plans to help artists promote and submit their artwork. The second year Social Work interns will practice their clinical skills by offering a limited number of individual therapy slots to our members. Much of the learning comes from informal conversations with artists and members of the project, gaining an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to live with a mental illness.
Social Work Interns benefit from the guidance and individual supervision of our director, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Dave Leon, and his nearly two decades in the trenches of the mental health system. Interns with The Painted Brain have also been known to create incredible art themselves, get gussied up for one of our swanky gallery shows, or even swing a hammer to put some art on the walls.
The Painted Brain promotes creativity and initiative on every level. Interns have opportunities to create and run with their own ideas which have recently included the development of the first-of-its-kind Prosumer’s Support Group. Redesigning the website and social media landscape for the project and even hosting a Wiccan Solstice party with crystals and Tai Chi. Truly the sky’s the limit.