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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis explores the implications of nontraditional healing methods on Black women’s psychological and holistic health. It includes a critical literature review of existing research by Black Feminist theorists and other Black women scholars on Black women who use nontraditional healing methods, particularly to overcome the violent and pervasive experience of gendered racism and misogynoir. A brief autoethnographic analysis of my own art-based practice is included, with ties to the effectiveness of Literature and Poetry as a nontraditional healing method used by Black women. This thesis is my attempt to create space for myself in academia, in social science, in research. This discourse is inclusive of intersectional identities and cultivates spaces to share our experiences however alike or dissimilar as Black women. Suggestions for application within Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy is briefly examined.
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Phifer, Hythia, "Black, Woman and Alive: Black Women’s Practices of Nontraditional Healing and Freedom" (2017). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 1.