Serving American Indian Communities (Must RSVP to email@example.com to guarantee a seat)
Multicultural counseling and art therapy have both come into their own, especially at Southwestern College. Increasing numbers of professionals are recognizing the need to consider a client’s background, valued cultural tradition, expectations and how well art therapy is able to meet those needs within the community as a whole. Advances continue in understanding of the client’s lifespan growth and development, while looking at the principles of balance and harmony in community. It is hoped, in the years ahead, that the needs and problems that American Indian Communities bring to counseling and treatment sessions will receive the kind of attention and service they deserve. It is with this hope that I share my own thirty plus years of service as an art therapist to the American Indian peoples and community.
Janet L. Smith, M.S., ATR-Ret., initiated the first art therapy program for the Cherokee Nation in 1991. At present, she provides art therapy services from her studio, Turtle Art Works in Wagoner, OK. She has been an art therapy advocate for American Indian tribes throughout her career.