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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Hablemos Español: The Importance of Language in Expressive Therapies with Native Speakers

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ROOM 715

This paper will examine the need to work in meaningful ways with Spanish-speaking populations in bilingual expressive arts therapies practice. The overarching goal would be to coordinate systemic support of expressive arts therapists to work with mono-lingual immigrant populations in the US, and position emerging professionals to work internationally early in their careers. The development and execution of an academic training program that would elevate language acquisition as a core competency could be the first step in cultivating a professional environment that supports, encourages, and (eventually) expects all aspiring clinicians to work bilingually. But what are the possibilities and the limitations of this type of training, and would it be crucial for expressive arts therapists? In this session, bilingual conversation about this political 'hot potato' topic will be encouraged. Further, a sincere attempt will be made to understand current demographics within our related disciplines, and the implications thereof, in that expressive arts professionals are predominantly English-speaking, caucasian women.

Angelica Pinna-Perez habla español y podrá asistir con algunas traducciones durante esta presentación.  


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.

Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY