Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy: Facilitating the Development of Multicultural Competence

Eastern Virginia Medical School Art Therapy Program recently hosted Stella Stepney, M.S., ATD-BC, LCAT to give a presentation on Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy: Facilitating the Development of Multicultural Competence as part of their 2013 Fall Cultural Competency Workshop Series.   Ms. Stepney provided an informative and interesting presentation to a full room.  Some highlights of the day were:

* Stella opened the day with an introduction by everyone as to how they define themselves and the cultural groups of which they belong.  We learned alot more about each other by presenting ourselves as a cultural- focused person.

* Critical Questions & Implications –  round-table discussion groups that addressed salient questions on Changing population demographics, ethical implications, cultural orientations, racial identity development and the impact of privilege.   One of the interesting resources she provided in this series is the work of Peggy McIntosh and her 1988 article:  White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.

*Information on Ethnographic Research and how to do the Ethnographic Interview.

*Creating a Cultural Persona & Shadow Self-Portrait – participants answered self-exploratory questions regarding their worldview and how we inherited values and assumptions about human behavior.

The group then created masks of our persona and our shadow to share.

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