This is a long-overdue book, and one that I hope will be read by all who want to help others through art around the world. It offers a splendid introduction to a wide variety of ways of thinking about and working with people from different cultural backgrounds. The diverse authors with their multifaceted orientations bring the concepts of multicultural competence and sensitivity alive in a most inclusive, insightful, and wonderful way. --Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, President of Expressive Media, Inc. and Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, USA
Practitioners will find this a solid reference filled with insights on how this therapy is worked in different settings. --Midwest Book Reivew
Paula Howie, ATR-BC, LPC received her Master's in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 1975. She received her ATR in 1977, became a Board Certified Art Therapist in 1994, a Licensed Professional Counselor (DC, 1997) and in VA (2008). She directed the Art Therapy Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1979 to 2002. From 1982 to the present, she has been a part time faculty and currently holds the title of Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Art Therapy Graduate Program at George Washington University. Paula has held numerous positions in AATA to include President from 2005-2007. She currently maintains a private practice in Washington, DC, where she focuses on the treatment of trauma; she has authored several art therapy articles, has numerous presentations, and was invited to lecture in South Korea in 2004 and 2006. Since her retirement from Walter Reed, in addition to private practice and teaching, Paula has been actively pursuing her passion for watercolor painting. sangeeta Prasad, ATR, is an art therapist with experience working in India and the United States of America. She has worked with children and adults with serious mental health problems, and has presented on art therapy in the USA as well as India. Her experience as an art therapist in two very different cultures provides her with the opportunity and expertise to introduce art therapy in India. Through her work, she hopes to bridge the information gap in art therapy between countries that have already established art therapy programs and those in which art therapy is beginning to take root. Jen Kristel has a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. For the last 20 years, she has worked in clinical and non-clinical settings using the expressive arts and Playback Theatre, a form of theatre improvisation that uses personal stories of the audience to support community building and healing. Since 2003 she has been working in South Asia (Including India, Bangladesh and Indonesia) teaching Playback Theatre and expressive therapies to local NGOs. Counseling Centres and Universities, working on a wide range of issues. Her hope is to support people in finding their voice and building community.