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Information Session: MA in Art Therapy

Jordan Potash

Jordan Potash

Assistant Professor
Faculty: Full-Time

Areas of Expertise

art therapy and social change
cross-cultural competence and fluency
multicultural and disenfranchised history of art therapy
Jungian, archetypal and imaginal psychology
Joan Kellogg's "The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala"

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPCAT (MD), LCAT (NY) is a registered, board certified and licensed art therapist, as well as, a registered expressive arts therapist.  He has worked with clients of all ages in schools, clinics, and community art studios in the U.S. and Hong Kong.  While living in Hong Kong for 8 years, Jordan co-founded the Masters of Expressive Arts Therapy at The University of Hong Kong, the first degree of its kind in Asia.  In addition, he taught and led workshops in China, Thailand, Korea, and Israel.  Jordan is primarily interested in the applications of art and art therapy in community development and social change, with an emphasis on reducing stigma, confronting discrimination and promoting cross-cultural relationships.

Current Research

social change
broadening definition and application of art therapy


MA in Art Therapy (GW), PhD in Social Work and Social Administration (The University of Hong Kong)


Selected publications (see personal website for full listing)

Potash, J. S., Chen, J. Y. & Tsang, J. P. Y.  (2015). Medical student mandala making for holistic well-being.  BMJ Medical Humanities. (published online first).  doi: 10.1136/medhum-2015-010717

Potash, J.S., Doby-Copeland, C., Stepney, S. A., Washington, B.N., Vance, L.D., Short, G.M., Boston, C.G. & Ballbé ter Maat, M.  (2015).  Advancing multicultural and diversity competence in art therapy: American Art Therapy Association Multicultural Committee 1990 – 2015.  Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 32 (3), 146-150. doi: 10.1080/07421656.2015.1060837

Ho, R.T.H., Potash, J.S., Fang, F., & Rollins, J.  (2015).  Art viewing directives in hospital settings effect on mood. Health Environments Research and Design Journal8 (3), 30-43.  doi: 10.1177/1937586715575903

Betts, D., Potash, J. S., Luke, J. & Kelso, M.  (2015).  An art therapy study of visitor reactions to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Museum Management and Curatorship, 30 (1), 21-43.  doi: 10.1080/09647775.2015.1008388

Potash, J. S.  (2014).  Archetypal aesthetics: Viewing art through states of consciousness.  International Journal of Jungian Studies, doi: 10.1080/19409052.2014.924984 (available on-line, published in print TBA)

Potash, J. S., Ho, A. H. Y., Chan, F., Wang, X. L. & Cheng, C.  (2014).  Can art therapy reduce death anxiety and burnout in end-of-life care workers? A quasi-experimental study.  International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 20 (5), 233-240.  doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.5.233

Potash, J. S. & Ramirez, W. A.  (2013).  Broadening history, expanding possibilities: Contributions of Wayne Ramirez to art therapy.  Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 30 (4), 169-176. doi: 10.1080/07421656.2014.847084

Potash, J. S., Ho, R. T. H., Chick, J. K. Y. & Au Yeung, F. S. W. (2013).  Viewing and engaging in an art therapy exhibit by people living with mental illness: Implications for empathy and social change.  Public Health, 127 (8), 735-744. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2013.05.004

Kalmanowitz, D., Potash, J. S. & Chan, S. M.  (Eds.). (2012). Art therapy in Asia: To the bone or wrapped in silk.  London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Potash, J. (2011).  Art therapists as intermediaries for social change.  Journal of Arts for Life, 2 (1), 48-58.

Kalmanowitz, D. & Potash, J. S.  (2010).  Ethical considerations in the global teaching and promotion of art therapy to non-art therapists.  Arts in Psychotherapy, 37 (1), 20-26. doi: 10.1016/j.aip.2009.11.002

Professional Service

American Art Therapy Association: Ethics Committee (2011-2016, chairperson: 2013-2016), Multicultural Committee (1998-present, chairperson: 2003-2005)

Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association: Journal Review Board (2015-present), Book Review Editor (2010-2014)

Potomac Art Therapy Association: DC Art Therapy Licensure Committee (chairperson: 2015-present)


American Art Therapy Association Research Award (2012)

Classes Taught

Human Development and Art Therapy
Social and Cultural Diversity
Psychopathology: Art and Diagnosis
Research Methods in Art Therapy
Culminating Projects
Principles and Practices of Art Therapy with Adolescents