Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Dr. E Kellogg
This thesis centers the experiences of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) interns and therapists’ with microaggression and racism within their various environments. The impact and consequences of these experiences are discussed. An assortment of self-care and coping strategies for the experience of racism is examined, including the use of the expressive arts for self-care, reclamation of voice and processing. The El Duende One Canvas Process Painting technique was selected as the expressive arts tool for BIPOC interns and therapists to engage in to reclaim their voice. This author conducted an autoethnographic inquiry using the El Duende One Canvas Process Painting to process their own experiences of micro-aggression and self-care. The author’s artwork is integrated within the thesis for readers to gift levity and respite from witnessing.
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Smellie, Kahelia, "My Voice Is Tired: The Reclamation of Voice Through the Expressive Arts to Aid in Self-Care and Processing for BIPOC Interns and Therapists Amidst Microaggression Experiences: A Literature Review and Autoethnography" (2023). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 706.
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