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Art Therapy Treatment with Sex Trafficking Survivors

Facilitating Empowerment, Recovery, and Hope

Mary K. Kometiani



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04 November 2019
This groundbreaking book introduces and researches art therapy as a creative and effective treatment for the sensitive and pertinent issue of human sex trafficking. Rich empirical examples and best practices are provided through the contributors' expertise and knowledge in the field of art therapy. Art therapy facilitates emotional catharsis, a personal sense of worth and empowerment through making choices; supports connection to others and the inner self; resolves trauma, grief, and shame; and provides hope for the future and recovery. This book explores art therapy interventions and outcomes through detailed case studies for sex trafficking survivors in the United States, India, and Nepal, and includes international recommendations for survivor treatment and recovery, as well as staff support programming. Professional helpers and learners from mental health, social services, medical care, and those who work with trafficking and sexual abuse survivors will benefit from this guide.
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Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   422g
ISBN:   9781138602281
ISBN 10:   1138602280
Pages:   246
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I: Foundation to Sex Trafficking and Art Therapy as Treatment; 1: Introduction to the Destructive Pandemic of Sex Trafficking; 2: Deceptive Tactics and Adverse Consequences of Sex Trafficking; 3: The Exploration of Vulnerabilities to Sex Trafficking and their Role in Art Therapy Treatment; 4: Recommendations for Working with Individuals affected by Sex Trafficking; Part II: Populations Targeted by Sex Trafficking and the Role of Art Therapy in Recovery; 5: Beauty in the Disorder: Art Therapy with Sex Trafficking Survivors in Ohio, United States; 6: Art Therapy Treatment for Victims of Sex Trafficking, Boys; 7: Use of Expressive Art Therapies to Bring Healing from the Trauma of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Kolkata, India; 8: The Women's Transformational Program: An Art Therapy, Life Skills & Reproductive Health Program in Nepal; Part III: Closure and Concluding Reflections for Advocates; 9: Entrusted with Trauma: Advocacy and Human Trafficking; 10: Challenges and Future Considerations of Treatment for Sex Trafficked Survivors; Appendix

Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, has over a decade of experience providing art therapy for survivors of sex trafficking, homeless families victimized by domestic violence, inpatient and outpatient pediatric medical patients and their families, and families of hospice patients and the bereaved. She is the owner and art therapist of Art Therapy Heals, LLC, collaborating with community organizations and educating the public about art therapy and its benefits. Since 2011, she has continuously served on the Buckeye Art Therapy Association board, including as president for two terms. She has also been a committee member for the American Art Therapy Association for the past three years. Mary has delivered numerous creative workshops and presentations at local colleges and regional, national, and international conferences. She has authored several articles and book chapters.

Reviews for Art Therapy Treatment with Sex Trafficking Survivors: Facilitating Empowerment, Recovery, and Hope

People who have been so deeply and repeatedly traumatized are extremely difficult to reach, and trust is very hard to achieve. In addition, such traumas leave scars that are only accessible through nonverbal means, the main reason that art therapy is a vital pathway to disorders caused by repeated assaults on the body and the psyche. Art therapists are fortunate that Mary Kometiani has decided to compile a great deal of information about this important topic, and to provide us with numerous examples of its treatment through art. Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM President, Expressive Media, Inc. If you are looking for a resource to learn more about human trafficking and the role of art therapy with survivors, the authors of this text provide a comprehensive overview of approaches and best practices from a trauma focused, holistic, and restorative framework. This book informs practitioners about how art therapy can be a vehicle for trauma intervention, advocacy, empowerment, and hope. Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Art Therapist, Renee Jones Empowerment Center & The Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic; Adjunct Professor, Ursuline College Counseling and Art Therapy Program This comprehensive book sheds light on one aspect of humanity's shadow. The information is not only alarming but also a call to action for the pervasive area of sex trafficking. The utilization of expressive arts for healing is well documented and most effective for the recovery of this population. Janet Rasmussen Ph.D., Psychologist and Teacher, Executive Co-Chair International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Mary Kometiani's Art Therapy Treatment with Sex Trafficked Survivors is a holistic piece and a prime example of the restoration of personhood that art therapy can bring to a survivor's life. The book is beautifully written to reflect the continuum of care involved in all aspects of healing and does so using a comprehensive view of sex trafficking in a global context. Celia Williamson, PhD, MSW, LSW and Joanna Jaimes, MSW

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