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Sunday, November 8 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Confronting Oppressive Systems within Expressive Therapies Practices

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ROOM 711

Expressive therapists are not immune from the covert and overt messages of racism that saturate society and even our profession. We continue to replicate oppressive systems when we use dominant narratives, traditional aesthetic paradigms, and communicate mono-lingually when working with bilingual Latino clients and individuals from other cultural backgrounds. If the expressive therapies are serious about cross-cultural engagement, we must be willing to raise our consciousness about intercultural understanding and communication, and allow this process to permeate our professional identities and practice. This workshop will challenge all of us to examine and understand the different demographics within our related disciplines, and consider the academic and professional implications of culturally oppressive and enlightened practices. Participants will critically examine the roots and biases of dominant aesthetic paradigms, philosophies, and imageries that persist in the field, and reflect on the significance of native languages when dialoguing, processing, and experiencing transference, affect regulation, and catharsis.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS

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Angelica Pinna-Perez, PhD, LCAT, LCSW, REAT, RDT

Angelica Pinna-Perez, PhD, LCAT, LCSW, REAT, RDT, has worked as a creative arts therapist and psychotherapist, practicing community-based mental health counseling, since 2003. She has worked clinically in the United States and abroad with a passion for cross-cultural work and international outreach.
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Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT

Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist with years of experience incorporating art therapy within educational systems to enhance student’s personal and academic growth. He has worked internationally, collaborating with educators and art therapists in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and India. Kelvin is on the Board of FNE International, a non-profit that promotes education and sustainable community development... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)