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Art therapy & South Africa

Learn about Art Therapy and how it can be used when working with communities internationally and cross-culturally.

Within the township community of Winterveldt, South Africa, music, dance, and drama has been used for healing and self-expression for over a decade at The Bokamoso Life Center. The Bokamoso Life Center serves young men and women from the community, helping them heal and find new successes in life. In 2011, Becky Jacobson, M.A. Art Therapy, and The George Washington University helped to introduce art therapy to the Center. Becky then completed a study, which looked at artwork and interviews created by the Bokamoso community, which highlighted important themes expressed by the youth.  This study has since been used in creating a culturally relevant therapeutic arts curriculum, which will be implemented at the Center in July and August of 2014. This presentation will illustrate what art therapy is; how  art therapy can be used when working with community-based organizations; and how The Bokamoso LIfe Center has used the arts in supporting the wellbeing of young people throughout Winterveldt, South Africa.


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  • Teresa L.

    Becky, I watched Mandela the movie, this weekend. It was great, esp after what you shared at the meetup group about your findings. Thank you!

    June 16, 2014

    • Becky

      YAY!! So glad to here it!! :) I hope to see it soon :)

      June 24, 2014

  • Teresa L.

    Tx for sharing Becky! I really enjoyed the discussion!

    June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry , I have to cancel. Due to unexpected events I will be flying home to California first thing in the morning. I hope you all have fun!

    June 12, 2014

  • Teresa L.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · June 12, 2014

  • Becky

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight! :)

    June 12, 2014

  • Shaina C.

    CARE will bring me

    June 5, 2014

  • Shaina C.

    Hey, what time will the event end so that I can call CARE? Could someone give me a ride instead? Please let me know before this coming Sunday.

    June 4, 2014

    • Becky

      Hey! It ends at 7 :)

      June 4, 2014

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