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Art Therapy Treatment with Sex Trafficked Survivors

Facilitating Empowerment, Recovery, and Hope, 1st Edition

Edited by Mary K. Kometiani

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216 pages

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This ground-breaking 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 practice are provided through the contributors’ expertise and knowledge as the 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.

Reviews

"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.

"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 PhD, Psychologist and Teacher, Executive Co-Chair International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

"Mary Kometiani’s text 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

"This ground-breaking research can be applied by professionals, students and anyone committed to ending human slavery. It’s an outstanding achievement by a clear and powerful writer."

Gloria Simoneaux

Founding Director, Harambee Arts: Let’s pull together (Kenya and Nepal)

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundation to Sex Trafficking and Art Therapy as Treatment;

1: Introduction to the Destructive Pandemic of Sex Trafficking

by Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

2: Deceptive Tactics and Adverse Consequences of Sex Trafficking

by Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

3: The Exploration of Vulnerabilities to Sex Trafficking and their Role in Art Therapy Treatment

by Serena R. Coleman, PhD c, ATR, AMFT, and Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

4: Recommendations for Working with Individuals affected by Sex Trafficking

by Cynthia Wilson PhD, MA, ATR-BC, and Serena R. Coleman, PhD c, ATR, AMFT;

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

by Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

6: Art Therapy Treatment for Victims of Sex Trafficking, Boys

by Chris Drosdick, MA, NCC, CSAC, ATR-BC, ICS;

7: Use of Expressive Art Therapies to Bring Healing from the Trauma of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Kolkata, India

by Smita Singh, MA, and Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

8: The Women’s Transformational Program:An Art Therapy, Life Skills & Reproductive Health Program in Nepal

by Atira L. Tan, MA, and Tiffany M. Moore, MA;

Part III: Closure and Concluding Reflections for Advocates;

9: Entrusted with Trauma: Advocacy and Human Trafficking

by Kathryn Farmer, MSW, LSW, RA, and Leigha Shoup, MS, RA;

10: Challenges and Future Considerations of Treatment for Sex Trafficked Survivors

by Mary K. Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Editor;

Appendix

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY010000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health