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MA - Master of Arts
Identity reflections lie at the core of empowerment and take place in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, many of these settings are tailored to serve the majority group, as well as the individual running the exploration, leaving “others” left out. So how do we transform the “others” from a state of questioning “Who am I?” to an empowered state of declaring “Who I am!”?
This project explored how the use of art, dance movement, narrative, and the uniting of a group of ones can promote identity explorations and empowerment of self and others so that the state of “Who I am!” can be achieved. In adapting a multimodal approach to a Latina (Latin and Female) oriented cultural model, strategies for overcoming this population's internal bias to mental health counseling can be examined with the goal of diminishing negative assumptions of what therapy “looks and “feels” like. Additionally, the appendices below can be utilized in their presented order to run a project like the one described in this paper.
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Bravo, Amanda, "Do the Expressive Arts Therapies Aid In Identity Formation and Authenticity in the Latina Community? A Community Engagement Project" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 95.
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