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sessions helped alleviate some of their emotional and
psychological struggles.
"The response I received was promising," she says. "The
workers found it very helpful, and the employers noticed
a positive shift in the workers' morale. I am optimistic."

High-Impact Learning Experience

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Education abroad programs are another powerful
learning tool for students. "Students often begin
with a rather romantic view of international work,
particularly in service learning work," Bordonaro
says. "They learn that it's not as romantic a proposition as they imagined but the learning opportunities are
tremendous. It's a high-impact learning experience."
Acosta has taken students on study abroad trips to
Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Italy, South Africa, and
Tanzania. She says the trips, which she started a decade
ago, are "a very valuable component" of the cross-cultural training her students receive.

instructors must take a global perspective when working with these students.
"We have students from every region of the world,
but recently we are seeing more from regions that are
not traditionally comfortable with therapy," Acosta says.
"They see the universality of art therapy and believe in
the power of visual expression, but as they go through
the program you begin to see certain traits and their
belief that they will have difficulty getting into the
therapy field when they go home."
Mariam El Halawani plans to return to her native
Dubai after she graduates from the NYU program in
May. She believes her training, which included a clinical internship that started during her first semester,
has been tailored to her needs so she can be successful
when she returns.
"Sadly, in the Middle East, the idea of seeing a
therapist is highly stigmatized," El Halawani says, noting
she plans to offer art therapy as a compromise solution.
"Breaking through the existing mentality will be tough,
but I see many opportunities for art therapy to grow."
El Halawani was encouraged by an art therapy
program she ran last summer for a group of migrant
construction workers in Dubai. The workers faced
adverse living and working conditions, but she says the

"Increasingly, research is showing that the storage of
traumatic memories isn't a narrative. It's sensory, visual,
auditory, and to try and communicate those memories
through a higher level of talking is often ineffectual."
"Going outside of their own cultural environment,
they really open up beyond what they knew about their
limits," Acosta says. "When you take them out of their
familiar environment and comfort zones, they really
begin to question their own value systems. They learn
from the local people and they become more humble.
They're forced to reevaluate and look into themselves
and how they perceive the world."
Ann Roach, who graduated from the GWU program
in 2016, went on study abroad trips to India and South
Africa during her two-year program. She learned how
art therapy "can impact a diverse range of people in a
variety of different ways, and while it can be fun it can
also be painful and difficult." The biggest takeaway, she
says, was learning the value of patience.
"When you are overseas you're working from the
seat of your pants," says Heidi Bardot, who directs the
graduate program for GWU, which in 1971 became one
of the first universities to offer art therapy as a discipline. "It's a different way of thinking on your toes. A lot
of times you have to throw your plan out of the window
and create something with a client right then and there.
You're teaching them that ability to think on their feet."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Global Spotlight Cuba
Insights
Voices
Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
Partnering
View From Out Here
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 1
International Educator - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 3
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 4
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 5
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 6
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Global Spotlight Cuba
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Insights
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Voices
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 13
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - 63
International Educator - March/April 2017 - View From Out Here
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