Workshop 2

Looking Through Different Therapeutic Lenses: Working with Diverse Populations

Presented by Jessica Heller, MPS, ATR-BC

Course Description

Multiculturalism in therapy informs the therapist to serve their clients through a different lens, one that is sensitive to the conceptual and cultural contexts of their clients’ lives, ultimately providing them with more individualized and effective support. This workshop will introduce and explore the concept of Multicultural Therapy (MCT) and the importance of integrating culturally sensitive techniques into therapeutic practice. These techniques will also be explored through discussion and interactive demonstration. Participants will be encouraged to discuss how adapting their therapeutic approach can improve treatment outcomes in culturally diverse populations. A case vignette will be presented to depict how alternative relational methods can be utilized in approaching populations of diverse cultural backgrounds, specifically Latin American Cultures.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concept of multicultural therapy.
  • Explore the need to modify Western therapeutic approaches to better serve a growing multicultural population in the United States.
  • Learn potential therapeutic approaches to apply in practice with culturally diverse populations.

Presenter Information

Jessica E. Heller MPS, ATR-BC received her Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY. Ms. Heller has experience working clinically as a Creative Arts Therapist for a variety of populations in various )settings for the past six years. Ms. Heller is currently working  as a Creative Arts Therapist in FAMILYConnections’ Start Strong program, an intensive 5-day-a-week Therapeutic Nursery serving children age 2½ – 8 years old who have significant emotional and/or behavioral issues.

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