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Cultural Humility in Art Therapy

Cultural Humility in Art Therapy

Applications for Practice, Research, Social Justice, Self-Care, and Pedagogy

Louvenia C. Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC. Foreword by Dr Melanie Tervalon

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By introducing cultural humility to the reader, this book offers a way of acknowledging our biases, assumptions and beliefs whilst also understanding the impact that those aspects can have on the practice of art therapy. It demonstrates a need for multicultural practice and offers tools for implementation.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 208pp
ISBN: 9781785926433
2020, ePUB
ISBN: 9781785926440
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Introducing the concept of cultural humility, this guide offers a new perspective to the field of art therapy practice and theory. It explores cultural humility in art therapy research and assessment, clinical and community-based practice, social justice, self-care and pedagogy.

The notion of cultural humility addresses the power differential and encourages individuals and institutions to examine privilege within social constructs. It emphasizes self-reflection and the ability of knowing one's self in order to allow the art therapist to appropriately interact with their client, whilst being mindful of their own bias, assumptions and beliefs. Each chapter ends with a reflective exercise.

Offering practical guidance to this increasingly recognised concept, Cultural Humility in Art Therapy is essential to those wanting to move toward an unbiased social justice.


'This is a useful and encouraging book which points the way forward in a field often fraught with conflict. The concept of cultural humility complements much existing work in diversity and inclusion, and gathers it together to suggest an integrated art therapy practice.'
- Dr Marian Liebmann OBE, art therapist, lecturer and workshop leader, and author of many art therapy books

'Cultural competence is conceptualized as a way of doing. Cultural humility is conceptualized as a way of being. This book offers insight into new paradigms in thinking. Acquiring cultural competence and engaging diverse clients with cultural humility ensures that their identities will be respected within the practice of art therapy.'
- Stella A. Stepney, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

'As a proponent of cultural competence, I applaud Dr. Jackson's paradigm, which shifts the discourse from proficiency to humility. The transformative reflective perspectives and art experientials enhance art therapists' appreciation of the attributes of cultural humility. Required reading for anyone committing to lifelong self-reflection, equitable patient-practitioner interactions, and social action.'
- Cheryl Doby-Copeland, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT, HLM, Clinical Program Coordinator, Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement program, Adjunct Faculty member GW Art Therapy program

'Louvenia Jackson's Cultural Humility in Art Therapy proposes Cultural Humility as a way of being that positions, develops and integrates art therapy professionals as spiritual, political, and creative beings. At its best this book offers up practical pathways through this complex world of authentic engagement with diverse clients in this age of social justice. Vital for BAME practitioners, useful for all.'
- Jean Campbell, Art Therapist


By (author): Louvenia Jackson
Foreword by: Melanie Tervalon