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December: 2009 / Capital T is a monthly newsletter from Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) designed to share the events and news of Temple's involvement and activities in the capital region. | View this newsletter online

Capital Semester Student Meet Governor Rendell

On Wednesday, November 18th the Capital Semester students attended the Governor's news conference on PA's first-in-the-nation autism Census. The students heard Governor Rendell answer questions on his reform agenda, and then met with him in his private office, where they told him about their internships and had their photos taken. The Governor told them he thought it was a great program and he hoped it would lead some of them to consider public service as a career which, despite its frustrations, has great intangible rewards. The students were excited to meet the Governor and to spend a few minutes in his office. The Governor presented pens to the students as a token of his appreciation for their visit. The Capital Semester students are nearing the end of their semester here at TUH as recruiting for the fall 2010 begins for the 2nd Capital Semester at TUH.

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African American Studies Comes to Temple University Harrisburg

Department chair of African American Studies, Dr. Nathaniel Norment is preparing to travel to Harrisburg a few times during the spring semester to teach the first African American Studies course ever offered at Temple University Harrisburg. TUH and Dr. Norment have collaborated to bring this new and exciting addition to the Temple University Harrisburg spring schedule. Dr. Norment will be teaching African American Families which includes assessment of family behavior, the role of children, sex roles, and perceptual changes within the context of society, demographic factors, impact of unemployment and underemployment, and income distribution of African American families. This course is a great fit for TUH.

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First Play Therapy Graduates from TUH

In May 2010 Temple University Harrisburg will graduate the first group of Play Therapy Certification students. Play therapy is a technique used by trained play therapists to work with children in the language kids know best - the language of play. In the safety of the play room, children work through their issues with the toys they choose, innocently revealing their deepest wishes, fears, and hopes. Play is a means of testing, partly incorporating, and mastering external reality while providing a non threatening environment and a flexible atmosphere.

For more information on Play Therapy visit For www.a4pt.org

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Art Therapy Workshop

Temple University Harrisburg hosted the Healing Children Through Creativity: Child Art Therapy Training Workshop on December 4th and 5th presented by Catherine Rogers-Jonsson, MFA, MA, ATR. Catherine is a registered art therapist and a credentialed professional member of the American Art Therapy Association; she has 19 years of clinical art therapy experience and offers a mixture of creativity, humor, dynamic teaching and compassionate insights to her workshops.

This unique training event reviewed the history of art therapy and practical assessment techniques which were highlighted through case studies and power point presentations of children's artwork revealing emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Participants were invited to draw, paint and sculpt a variety of art therapeutic exercises that help children identify and express their thoughts, feelings, conflicts, strengths and increase their self-esteem and coping skills.

A few of the comments from participants included that they liked the amount of hand on activity, the interactive nature of the workshop and that they took away lots of practical information and activities to take back to their practice.

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Social Work Alumni Holiday Social

TUH Director Link Martin joined alumni from the School of Social Work for a social evening at a restaurant in downtown Harrisburg. The alumni organizing group is planning a series of social and professional development activities to connect Temple alumni.

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

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