One of the students, Derrick Hui Kwan-kei, was placed in the
Sovereign Art Foundation, an organisation running expressive arts programmes for underprivileged and SEN (special educational needs) children. The job opening was originally a marketing position, but knowing that Derrick was a student in Psychology and Mental Health, his supervisor reallocated the work and gave him the opportunity to design activities for children and parents under COVID-19. This first-time experience of working with an art therapist was inspiring for Derrick. 'In counselling, we're trained to reflect on clients' negative emotions. But the approach of art therapy is different — it tends to look for positive vocabulary of expression,' he says.
For Derrick, the internship allowed him to learn about working in the psychology field as well as work in general. 'I learnt to judge when to seek help and when to solve a problem myself,' he explains. 'For example, the art therapist wouldn't mind being asked more questions — because there's little room for mistakes in a therapy session.'