chapter  5
7 Pages

Emptying the Jar

Crochet to Unpack Toxic Racial Stress
WithMarilyn Holmes

Part of the Black experience in higher education consists of an ever-present negotiation of when it is acceptable to authentically take up space in both the classroom and other educational experiences and when it is not. The process of this negotiation can lead to feelings toxic racial stress and fatigue that need to be dealt with in order to work ethically as a counselor and art therapist with diverse client populations. This chapter will discuss the creation of Amigurumi as a method of containment for the complex feelings caused by toxic racial stress. Each object was created with the intention to be a positive and transformative object capable of containing the difficult feelings surrounding an instance of macroaggression found either in the classroom or in practicum work.