3 ways to get authentic and grow towards your vision this year


This year has had us talking about clarity. It’s easy to say, 20/20 vision, but what does that really mean? In optometry, 20/20 vision means the clarity or sharpness of what you see at 20 feet is what is normally seen at such a distance. But vision isn’t just about what’s clear to you within … Continue reading 3 ways to get authentic and grow towards your vision this year

3 Ways Art Promotes Inclusivity


Part of the core principles of the expressive arts philosophy is to meet you where you’re at. In the clinical setting, an important part of attunement: “a felt embodied experience that can be individualistic as well as communal, that includes a psychological, emotional, and somatic state of consciousness” (Kossak, 2009). This means that, as someone … Continue reading 3 Ways Art Promotes Inclusivity

Connect and resonate for your self-care


I was living with so much tension and stress; I didn’t notice that people care for me, people love me. These were the words that captured one participant’s experience in our Aesthetics of Self-Care workshop last month. Perhaps this same realization rings true for many of you as well. Given too many responsibilities, it’s easy … Continue reading Connect and resonate for your self-care

6 opportunities to trust the process for self-compassion


Self-compassion sounds like an easy enough concept to grasp. Dr. Kristin Neff, self-compassion researcher, describes it like comparing apples to apples: “having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others,” but perhaps most days we find it easier to give compassion to others than to ourselves. Oscar Wilde calls it a lifelong … Continue reading 6 opportunities to trust the process for self-compassion

This year, give yourself the license to explore and create


MAGIS welcomed the last month of 2018 with a workshop for social workers in the service of online sexually exploited children. In partnership with World Hope International, an organization whose work in the country primarily encompasses child sponsorship programs and aid for human trafficking victims, we trained social workers on trauma-informed expressive arts practice. Unlike … Continue reading This year, give yourself the license to explore and create

Seeing Social Work in the Philippines through a Psychosocial Lens: MAGIS at NASWEI book launch


We commemorated Human Rights Day this year with the National Association for Social Work Education, Inc. (Philippines), at their book launch of The Human Costs of the Philippine War on Drugs: a collection of case studies that poignantly capture the landscape in which social workers all over the country currently focus on. We were in the … Continue reading Seeing Social Work in the Philippines through a Psychosocial Lens: MAGIS at NASWEI book launch