The Department of Art Education’s Art Therapy Program recently hosted its second of three summer weekend courses, which was taught by visiting professor Dr. Janice Hoshino. This course focused on a multicultural approach to family art therapy.
Dr. Janice Hoshino is the Chair of Art and Expressive Therapies at Antioch University Seattle. Dr. Hoshino is a registered and board-certified art therapist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. Currently, Dr. Hoshino serves as a board member on the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). Her research interests include multicultural issues with couples and families, art therapy with marginalized populations (such as interned Japanese-Americans from World War II), couples issues, and art therapy. In addition to her book Family Art Therapy: Foundations of Theory and Practice, her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
The course took place on Friday, June 24, 2016, and Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Approximately 28 students were in attendance for the two-day weekend course. Dr. Hoshino presented an overview of family therapy theories and concepts, and family art therapy constructs, practice, and assessments. During the course, students were seated in a circle to encourage an open atmosphere for sharing and discussion.
Dr. Hoshino began Friday’s class with a multicultural name game, where students created name plaques describing their family and cultural symbol, origin, cultural identity, sibling position, an interesting fact about their family, and an idea of what they would like to gain from the class. She later lectured on family therapy frameworks for working with children, couples, and families with multicultural lens, such as the Hay’s ADDRESSING model and Paul David’s Attachment Styles and Family of Origin Systems. Throughout the day, Dr. Hoshino also incorporated case studies and group art experientials like the Geometric/Abstract Family Drawing and Genogram, to apply the information learned in the lectures and handouts to the real-world and to create a hands-on experience for the students.
On Saturday, students learned about Bowen Family System’s theory, family of origin approaches, structural family art therapy concepts and theoretical constructs, and family assessment and treatment art therapy tools to consider in their clinical work. Through in-depth discussions and additional hands-on art experientials like the Animal Family Drawing, Garden Family Drawing, Family Tree, and Multicultural Attunement Challenge, students were able to gain a heightened awareness of how to work with families with a variety of cultural contexts in art therapy treatment and research.
In order to enhance their level of understanding, Dr. Hoshino challenged students to comprehensively evaluate their own ethnic upbringing and belief systems as related to their family of origin as well as a broad range of other cultures. Dr. Hoshino led an enlightening and engaging weekend course, and the department looks forward to having her return next year as a visiting professor.