MPS Art Therapy faculty member Rebecca DiSunno, PhD, RNCS, ATR-BC, LCAT, recently had the opportunity to lecture and provide art therapy experiences to children in Rabat, Morocco.
Dr. DiSunno writes…
Our group of seven lectured at Villa des Arts on the use of art therapy with varying populations in the United States. My lecture and discussion focused on the use of art therapy with children who experience bereavement and traumatic grief.
We provided art therapy experiences to a number of groups of children at the Foundation Orient Occident Massira. The children ranged in age as well as emotional and physical disabilities.
While visiting Casablanca, we toured an inpatient psychiatric setting where we met Boushra Benyezza, one of the few practicing art therapists in Morocco.
Although our work provided us with a glimpse of the changes occurring in the Arab world, visiting regions outside Rabat immersed us in deeply traditional Islamic culture. While in Fes, we found ourselves experiencing life that is still influenced by medieval times.
On an excursion to Volubilis, the Roman Empire’s most remote base, we witnessed a dramatic scene of ruins dating from the third century BC.
The country, steeped in history and tradition, allowed us very positive impressions of Arab hospitality, generosity, and openness.