Art Therapy & South Africa

6.12.14 Art Therapy & S. Africa BANNER


Thursday, June 12th / 6:00 to 7:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Classroom


Becky Jacobson | |

Rebecca Jacobson graduated from George Washington University with her Masters in Art Therapy with Counseling. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children and has worked within community-based organizations, psychiatric emergency facilities, with women transitioning out of prison, & within hospital settings. She has contributed to two South African art-based studies and was a selected delegate at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference. Rebecca currently provides art therapy to hospice patients and their families; provides bereavement support through art therapy; and provides art therapy within a behavioral health program. She additional is offering individual, family, and group art therapy in Richmond VA at The Creative Arts Space.


South Africa continues to rebuild after years of institutionalized racism instilled by the apartheid rule, ending only 20 years ago when Nelson Mandela became president. With limited resources the arts have served as tools for empowerment and healing throughout South Africa. Through the arts, communities have been able to share their stories and begin the healing process.

Within the township community of Winterveldt, South Africa, music, dance, and drama has been used for healing and self-expression for over a decade at The Bokamoso Life Center.  The Bokamoso Life Center serves young men and women from the community, helping them heal and find new successes in life.  In 2011, Becky Jacobson, M.A. Art Therapy, and The George Washington University helped to introduce art therapy to the Center.  Becky then completed a study, which looked at artwork and interviews created by the Bokamoso community that highlighted important themes expressed by the youth.  This study has since been used in creating a culturally relevant therapeutic arts curriculum, which will be implemented at the Center in July and August of 2014.

This presentation will illustrate what art therapy is, how art therapy can be used when working with community-based organizations, and most importantly, how The Bokamoso LIfe Center has used the arts in supporting the well-being of many, many young people throughout Winterveldt, South Africa.

In preparation for her return to Winterveldt, South Africa, join Becky in this eye-opening presentation as she shares her journey on the success of art therapy cross-culturally.





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