EFAT Conference Art therapy culture


17 Jun 2023




Externe Veranstaltungen

Poster Session at EFAT in Riga

Kunsttherapie Speyer Rheinland Pfalz

Art Therapy, Rituals and Culture. How can cultural rituals be productively adopted for art therapy?

June 17, 2023
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

at EFAT Conference 2023 “Growing*Together”

My work deals with the topic “How can cultural rituals be productively adopted for art therapy?

This poster presentation explores the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), art therapy, and cultural rituals as a holistic approach to support individuals in their healing and growth. ACT is a therapeutic modality that emphasizes acceptance of difficult thoughts and emotions, commitment to value-based actions, and mindfulness. Art therapy provides a creative and expressive outlet for individuals to explore their emotions and experiences through artistic mediums. Cultural rituals, rooted in diverse traditions and belief systems, offer a profound connection to one’s cultural identity and can be harnessed to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

The objectives of this presentation are to highlight the synergistic potential of combining ACT, art therapy, and cultural rituals, and to demonstrate their effectiveness in promoting psychological well-being. Through an integration of theory, research, and case studies, the benefits and applications of this integrative approach will be explored.

The integration of ACT, art therapy, and cultural rituals offers a unique framework that addresses the cultural and individual nuances of each client. By incorporating cultural rituals into art therapy sessions, individuals can tap into the healing power of their cultural heritage, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment. ACT techniques provide tools for individuals to navigate difficult emotions, identify values, and commit to meaningful actions aligned with their cultural identity.

Through this poster presentation, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how the integration of ACT, art therapy, and cultural rituals can enhance therapeutic outcomes for a diverse range of clients. The potential benefits include increased emotional regulation, improved self-expression, strengthened cultural identity, and enhanced overall well-being.

By recognizing the importance of cultural diversity and integrating culturally sensitive approaches into therapy, mental health professionals can provide a safe and inclusive space for individuals from various cultural backgrounds to heal and grow. The findings of this presentation highlight the need for further research and practice development in this area, ultimately advancing the field of therapy and fostering cultural competence.

Keywords: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, art therapy, cultural rituals, holistic approach, psychological well-being.


Rickert, Regula (2009): Lehrbuch der Kunsttherapie. Param Verlag, Ahlerstedt.

Schuster, Martin (2008): Rituale, Kunst und Kunsttherapie. Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlag, Berlin.

Wohlfart, Ernestine; Zaumseil, Manfred (2006): Transkulturelle Psychiatrie – Interkulturelle Psychotherapie. Interdisziplinäre Theorie und Praxis. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.


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