Jordan S Potash

Jordan S Potash
George Washington University | GW · Department of Art Therapy

PhD (Soc. Work and Soc. Admin.), MA (Art Therapy)

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Introduction
Jordan S Potash currently works at the Art Therapy Program, The George Washington University. Jordan does research in art therapy, social justice, and medical humanities. His current interests are on 'Social Action, Cross-cultural Dialogue, and Art Therapy.'
Additional affiliations
August 2014 - present
George Washington University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2010 - August 2014
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Lecturer

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Publications (68)
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Protecting the mental health of healthcare workers is an urgent global public health priority. Healthcare workers, especially those immersed in palliative care, are prone to burnout due to the intense emotions associated with end-of-life caregiving. This study examines the efficacy of a novel, multimodal, and group-based Mindful-Compassion Art-base...
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Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other disciplines based on need. Music therapists and art therapists are becoming increasingly available to palliative care teams and are advancing the diverse and unique clinical services available to...
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Art therapy integrated with Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) protocols can provide a framework for refugees to present personal images and narratives within cultural standards of expression. To demonstrate this model, a case study documents two sessions of brief art therapy with a group of siblings who described their migration experiences in a vis...
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Intergroup dialogue contributes to community development by providing structured and facilitated opportunities for narrative engagement and perspective taking that can foster social change. Both art and art therapy can be infused within intergroup dialogue to harness imagination and creativity in order to heighten reflection and promote emotional c...
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Christine Wang was a pioneering art therapist in Washington DC and Baltimore in the 1960s through the 1980s and the first Chinese-American art therapist in the United States. This biographical inquiry re-presents her role through interviews, historical documents, and publications. She made notable contributions to art therapy practice, research, an...
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To help art therapists work effectively with the realities of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), this special report brings together art therapists who have experience working in pandemics (Ebola, SARS), attending to health professionals, and building creative virtual communities. Art therapists can support recommended public health psychoso...
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This chapter addresses the benefits of admitting to and learning from mistakes made in adolescent art therapy. By focusing on the challenging work with adolescents and faults specific to art therapy, the authors share their experiences creating response art in order to learn from errors they each made in studio management, planning art intervention...
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Psychosocial support programmes are an intrinsic part of a sustainable and successful social reincorporation of ex-combatants in post-conflict situations. Following the end of Colombia’s 50-year civil war, people who were formerly part of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are currently living in designated spaces for reincorporation...
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Introduction: End-of-life (EoL) care professionals are prone to burnout given the intense emotional nature of their work. Previous research supports the efficacy of art therapy in reducing work-related stress and enhancing emotional health among professional EoL caregivers. Integrating mindfulness meditation with art therapy and reflective awarene...
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BACKGROUND End-of-life (EoL) care professionals are at prone to burnout given the intense emotional nature of their work. Previous research supports the efficacy of art therapy in reducing work-related stress and enhancing emotional health among professional EoL caregivers. Integrating mindfulness meditation with art therapy, with reflective awaren...
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The Safe Place collage protocol is an intervention developed by an art therapist that offers clients a structured method for acknowledging and managing both comfortable and disturbing emotional experiences simultaneously. The objective of this pilot study was to determine: 1) the effectiveness of this protocol in reducing anxiety for clients who ex...
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Relational social justice integrates psychological theories and practices with political and social change paradigms to situate relationships as central to ethical decision making. The core of this approach entails strong assurance of human rights and commitment to dialogue across racial, cultural, social, and political differences. Typical pattern...
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The adverse effects of stigma on people living with mental illness (PLMI) have been well documented. This study aimed to investigate the latent structure of that stigma. The study respondents included 218 Chinese university students in Hong Kong who completed the Attribution Questionnaire. The latent structure of stigma was examined by factor mixtu...
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Furthering social inclusion for marginalised members of society demands advocacy efforts focussed on holistic citizenship. Harnessing compassion, the arts can activate four component elements: narratives, actual stories and voices of members of a society; encounters, opportunities for dialogue among members of a society; reflection, values clarific...
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Art therapists are increasingly offering their services in international contexts. Although usually altruistic in nature, unexamined practices can result in detrimental consequences to both the travelers and host communities. A consideration of the ethical dilemmas that one might face can better orient art therapists to the many aspects of offering...
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An art therapy informed community arts project to reduce stigma towards people living with mental illness in Hong Kong included three phases: 1) public exhibition to raise awareness, 2) workshop for viewers to create response art and generate approaches to alleviate stigma, and 3) forum for people living with mental illness and viewers to create ar...
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The objective of this study was to determine art therapists' fit in the continuum of health delivery services defined by behavioral health. All publications in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association from 1983 (Volume 1) to 2014 (Volume 31) were systematically reviewed to understand how art therapy has been applied. The results...
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The Wisconsin Art Therapy Association (WATA), formally established in 1969, was the first incorporated organization of art therapists in the United States. Under the leadership of Wayne Ramirez, WATA lobbied the national association for an inclusive definition of art therapy that aimed to foster respect for psychiatric, educational, and community p...
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Considering art therapy research as a chance to look again, to re-examine the way in which art therapists understand and perceive their work, creates a path to utilize research not only for demonstrating evidence-based practice, but also for pursuing social justice. This chapter first discusses the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of soc...
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The objective of this qualitative research study was to discover how creating mandalas (art made in reference to a circle) might provide medical students with an opportunity for reflection on their current psychological state. As part of their year 3 family medicine rotation, medical students participated in an art-making workshop, during which, th...
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For 25 years the Multicultural Committee of the American Art Therapy Association has provided education, networking, and mentoring activities for all art therapists, as well as support for art therapists of color. The formation of the committee demonstrates increasing cultural competence within the profession, and its continuation promises future a...
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect viewing directives can have when encountering art in hospitals. A secondary objective of the study was to understand the responses of viewers to an art exhibit on the theme of medical student empathy toward patient pain and suffering. Displaying art in hospitals has been credited with increasing...
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This paper describes a collaborative research partnership between museum educators and art therapists. Twenty-two visitors at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum were randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group based on an art therapy informed protocol. All participants visited the first two floors of the permanent exhibition,...
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Background Art exhibits are opportunities for reflecting on social issues. The addition of art making as a form of reflection intensifies reflection thereby allowing for compassion to germinate and social action to grow. The present study used art exhibits and art making workshops to increase understanding and support for people living with mental...
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Background To provide patient-centred holistic care, doctors must possess good interpersonal and empathic skills. Medical schools traditionally adopt a skills-based approach to such training but creative engagement with the arts has also been effective. A novel arts-based approach may help medical students develop empathic understanding of patients...
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A Jungian and archetypal psychology approach to aesthetics includes noticing which archetypes are activated when viewing or engaging with art. Archetypes provide vitality to art and can be accessed by viewers through attention to bodily responses and emotional awareness enhanced by imagination. Connecting these personal experiences to the collectiv...
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Background Making experiential art in a clinical clerkship offers opportunities for students to gain self-awareness and enhance their empathic understanding of patients. The student-created art can be further used as teaching material for other students.ContextThe graduating class of 2012 from Ajou University School of Medicine in South Korea was i...
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Schools are often an entry point for offering psychosocial interventions to communities following disasters. However, teachers often lack skills to facilitate classroom activities that can address post-traumatic symptoms. Further, they are not trained in mental health and they themselves have been traumatised. A solution is to provide teachers with...
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End-of-life care workers and volunteers are particularly prone to burnout given the intense emotional and existential nature of their work. Supervision is one important way to provide adequate support that focuses on both professional and personal competencies. The inclusion of art therapy principles and practices within supervision further creates...
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Background: The need for empathy and the difficulties of coping with mortality when caring for the dying and the bereaved can cause psychological, emotional, and spiritual strain. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of art-therapy-based supervision in reducing burnout and death anxiety among end-of-life care workers...
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Art exhibits are opportunities for reflecting on social issues. These encounters can promote citizenship as individuals understand more about marginalized communities and the promising effect of both personal action and social policy. While viewing art showcases personal narratives, the addition of art making as a form of reflection intensifies ref...
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Hospice and palliative care workers can reduce the potential for burnout by nurturing self-competence and self-awareness in order to manage challenging and painful emotions that arise from the nature of working with dying individuals and bereaved families. An art therapy supervision programme for end-of-life care workers in Hong Kong utilized manda...
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A broad history of art therapy in the United States offers important perspectives on which to view contemporary art therapy practice and professional identity. This article provides descriptive research on the contributions of art therapist Wayne Ramirez, an active leader in the early days of the American Art Therapy Association whose attention tur...
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To determine how healthcare professionals, family members and community members responded to an art exhibit created by people living with mental illness. Phenomenological study with qualitative analysis. Forty-six participants with various relationships with people living with mental illness attended an art therapy exhibit and art making workshop....
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Within research, subjectivity is viewed as authentic or biased. Similarly, objectivity is characterized as either rational or distant. These descriptions remove nuances within each position. Rather than narrowly adopt either stance, art-based research involves the careful partnering of embracing subjectivity and relativizing objectivity. Examples f...
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The art therapist's ability to foster the creative process in service of relationship can be a foundation for infusing a social change paradigm into existing practice. For clients affected by discrimination and stigma, art therapy can promote empathy and understanding of the societal forces involved. In this qualitative study, 46 people participate...
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The present study attempts to understand the experience of breast cancer patients who had participated in an Eastern-based body-mind-spirit (BMS) psychosocial intervention program by observing changes in the images made by the patients. Pre- and post-intervention drawings on the theme of 'my cancer' were collected from 67 primary breast cancer pati...
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Working with and through art in the context of mental health has become popular and quite well known amongst social workers, community workers, nurses, artists and teachers. Many seek art therapy skills, and a greater understanding of the use of art in healing. In parts of the world where there is no professional art therapy training and no establi...
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Electronic media provides rapid delivery and unlimited access to pictures, sounds, and information. The ubiquitous presence of techno-digital culture in the lives of today's adolescents may influence or contaminate the art therapy process. This article presents two case studies that illustrate how cyberspace entered into art therapy sessions and al...

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Medical humanities is an educational discipline that aims to help medical students and professionals develop empathy for patients by attending to suffering over pain and healing over curing. Art therapists' have an important role in contributing to medical humanities curricula and continuing education by focusing on art making for self-awareness and perspective taking.
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To demonstrate how art therapy theories and practices can be used to promote cross-cultural understanding, foster empathy, and activate social change