Featuring Professional Member: Kit Ping Wong
1. What made you choose art therapy as your profession?
I came across with art therapy when I worked as a social worker. As a helping profession, I found art is a very useful medium to communicate with my clients. Art also contributes much in the self-healing process. Therefore, I further study in art therapy in Australia.
2. How much does your art therapy training program form your way of being an art therapist?
The experiential training and placement experience of my program heavily shapes and enriches my being as an art therapist.
3. What is your practice theory in your practice?
As I have studied in social work, counseling and art therapy, there are numbers of theories that inform my practice. The most influential approaches are the client-centered and psychodynamic.
4. What target group(s) do(se) you serve most?
My interest is to work with children and their families who have traumatic experience. In the meantime, I work with elderly, adults and SEN students.
5. What materials do you use the most in your practice? Or What is your favorite materials to use in your practice?
In practice, different kinds of materials would be used according to the needs of the client. Personally, I like soft pastel and Chinese painting.
6. What kinds of metaphor(s) or symbol(s) that you can use to describe art therapy? Please explain
Art therapy likes ‘a ship sailing across the sea’. I and my client travel along through difficulties and peace in the whole process.
7. When do you join HKAAT? What is the reason for joining?
I joined HKAAT in 2014 when I moved back from Australia.
8. What do you think of the development and prospect of art therapy in Hong Kong
More people will know about art therapy and recognize the contribution of art therapy in different target groups.
9. What do you think HKAAT` can offer to support or to further develop the field of art therapy in Hong Kong
I expect that HKAAT can contribute to promote more professional exchange and development in the field art therapy such as conference.
10. What do you think you can offer to develop the growth of art therapy in Hong Kong?
I think through multi-disciplinary communication with other helping professions in my direct practice, more people would recognize the benefits of art therapy.