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Family Art Therapy with Political Refugees

This chapter describes a model of multifamily group therapy used as crisis intervention with a nondiagnosed population of Central American refugees recently arrived in the United States. While this chapter is about a specific population, the model could be adapted to serve groups of families who have experienced uprooting due to homelessness, war, or natural disaster. The process integrates art therapy and group therapy in a supportive environment for the purpose of processing and giving expression to the refugees' journey. The chapter discusses the drawings produced and the dynamics that occurred as a result of the multifamily art therapy. Particular attention is paid to the psychological effects of the uprooting, the migration, and the relocation in the United States.