Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Vivien Marcow Speiser
This literature review will analyze the racial disparities in the current Euro-centric expressive therapy modalities and will examine the additional needs to allow for these modalities to facilitate healing within the Black community and recommend adjustments accordingly. When conducting my research and coming up with my research question I came to the conclusion that my proposed question is: What are the racial disparities within the expressive arts due to them being Euro-centric and where are the areas that need adjustments to be culturally competent?
The anti-racist efforts of deconstructing all Euro-centric modalities are crucial for the field of expressive arts therapy to address the healing needs of the Black community in America. In general, there are racial disparities within the American mental health field, not just the expressive arts field, and these disparities effect the Black community significantly. The Euro-centric nature and background of the expressive art modalities need to be adjusted in different cultural settings, particularly to address the racial trauma in the Black community. Particularly why the expressive arts are an appropriate therapeutic modality for the Black community is due to the importance of the arts throughout history of the Black community.
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Collins, Kateri, "A Literature Review on Decolonization of The Expressive Arts in Order to Help Facilitate Racial Healing Within the Black Community" (2022). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 456.
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