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ERIC Number: EJ1072041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Social Action in Practice: Shifting the Ethnocentric Lens in Cross-Cultural Art Therapy Encounters
Kapitan, Lynn
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v32 n3 p104-111 2015
With the advance of globalization and changing demographics, an intercultural perspective that is self-reflexively aware of ethnocentric bias is increasingly important for art therapists. This article draws from cross-cultural art therapy in the international service realm to consider the nature of art therapy as a distinctly cultural practice. The professionalization of distress within the activist paradigm of care is examined and exemplified with two lenses viewing the same encounter, one monocultural and the other ethnorelative. Cultural frame switching and other conceptual tools to disrupt conditioned responses and to develop ethical praxis, multicultural competency, and intercultural sensitivity at home and abroad are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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