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Art Therapy For Social Justice In Nicaragua And South Korea

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Recent art therapy international social action trips offered an exceptional opportunity to explore the role of the arts and social action in the delivery of art therapy services in one region of Nicaragua and South Korea. The course participants were able to experience and understand how social justice can be applied to all realms of art therapy practice. The course participants were also able to develop multiculturalism and cultural competence that effectively addresses a complex and multifaceted understanding of social action.



LIU Post’s Clinical Art Therapy Program solidified its position as one of the leading graduate programs in its field by providing services to children with disabilities in Russia. For five days in March, 2013, 13 graduate students worked at State Children’s Home #4, an orphanage in Pavlovsk outside the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Dr. Christine Kerr, who is director of clinical art therapy at LIU Post and led the trip, additionally conducted Master Lectures in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Building on the program’s 2012 visit to Nicaragua, during which LIU Post students engaged children aged 4-18 with disabilities, members of the party this year demonstrated the diagnostic and therapeutic value of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture for children, adults and individuals with disabilities, to clinical professionals and health care planners in Russia.  The Clinical Art Therapy program at LIU Post offers a creative educational experience that leads to a Master of Arts in Clinical Art Therapy. The 51 credit program, approved by the American Art Therapy Association, is a New York State educational training program for licensure to practice art therapy in New York State.


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