Cultural Competency, Color & Community within the Creative Arts Therapies
Sunday, November 8, 9:30am-12:30pm
To Register: Expressive Therapies Summit 2015
Cultural competency in working with diverse populations is essential for all therapists. Exploring multiculturalism within the creative arts therapy field, and cultivating awareness of various considerations when working with populations that may differ in race or ethnicity than our own, enhances clinical effectiveness. In 2012, a New York-based network of creative arts therapists of color, CATs of Color, was formed in dedication to building community and diversifying the profession. In this 3-hour workshop, CATs of Color members will draw upon their collective expertise to present cultural self-assessment tools and clinical vignettes, and conduct experiential exercises to stimulate discussion, raise cultural awareness, and support multicultural sensitivity. Participants will experience hands-on examples from various therapeutic modalities, including music, art, drama, and dance/movement. Practitioners who wish to develop and strengthen their cultural competency will find personal support, clinical solutions, and ways to bridge cultural gaps within therapeutic relationships.
CATs of Color (Creative Arts Therapists of Color) is a network of creative arts therapists comprised of people of color who come together for the common purpose of professional and educational development, to share culturally relevant practices and to provide mutual support. The overarching goal of CATs of Color is to create a thriving, multiracial, cross-disciplinary community of practitioners in the creative arts therapy profession in order to address the need for culturally appropriate services to people from various ethnicities and racial backgrounds. They meet on the last Thursdays of each month (except for Nov & Dec when they will meet on the 3rd Thursdays due to the holidays).