Survey of Research in Multiculturalism in Expressive Therapies

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Yerrakadu, Christine
multiculturalism; diversity; expressive therapies; culture; identity; Social and Behavioral Sciences
thesis / dissertation description
This capstone thesis literature review defines and explores the issues concerning multiculturalism in the field of expressive art therapies. Many authors have stated the need for multicultural education and self assessment of the clinician. Personal identification of the client should take precedence over generalization of world cultures. Self-assessment of the clinician is needed in order to examine possible personal biases. Awareness of multiculturalism is only the first step, and further exploration into education and skills using the expressive art therapies would hone multicultural competencies.