Art therapists from the United States are often called upon to work and share their knowledge internationally, but cross cultural therapy is a complex undertaking and becomes increasingly so when dynamics of power and privilege are considered. The Western worldview and the devastating effects of colonialism can easily create an authoritative type of assistance that flows in one direction, from those who are perceived as 'haves' to those who are perceived as 'have nots', which fails to take into account the knowledge, values and understanding inherent in other, non-dominant ways of being. This presentation explores these concepts through an art therapy program developed in a collaboration between SVA MPS Art Therapy Department, Asociacion Artistica Para Niños (ASART) a non-profit based in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and a public elementary school in the barrio of La Victoria in Liberia, Costa Rica.

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