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MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Laura Wood


This literature review investigated the empowering nature of storytelling with Black and Indigenous communities undergoing pediatric cancer treatment. It explored the roles of systemic racism, anti-Black racism, culture, spirituality, and intersectionality in shaping narratives about westernized healthcare. Furthermore, the review examined the concepts of anti-black racism, systemic racism, racial disparities in westernized healthcare, marginalized children’s experience in pediatric cancer treatment, storytelling in African American and Indigenous communities, and storytelling through the lens of drama therapy. Evidence is presented that underlines the psychological impact of the previously mentioned components, and how community engagement and storytelling provide a means of attunement, hope, advocacy, and connection. Storytelling is explored from the lens of cultural sensitivity, and the acknowledged as a fundamental component of Black and Indigenous culture, not merely an optional tool. The drama therapy core processes are considered in relationship to storytelling as a means of suggesting future embodied, culturally, and spiritually inclusive practices.

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