Jordan Potash

Jordan Potash
Associate Professor
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Social change, social justice, advocacy
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Multicultural and disenfranchised history of art therapy
  • Jungian, archetypal and imaginal psychology
  • Joan Kellogg's "The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala"
  • Medical humanities
  • Ethics

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. 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. He also advocates for a broad approach to art therapy that increases client access to services by focusing on therapy, prevention, and wellness applications. Jordan is an active member of the American Art Therapy Association; he is the current Editor in Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and past chairpersons of both the Multicultural and Ethics Committee. 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.

Current Research

  • Social change
  • Multiculturalism
  • Broadening definition and application of art therapy
  • Practice-based research


  • MA in Art Therapy, George Washington University
  • PhD in Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong


Selected publications by topic (see website for full listing)

Potash, J.S. (2019). Relational social justice ethics for art therapists. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 35(4), 202-210. DOI:10.1080/07421656.2018.1554019

Potash, J. S., Ho, R.T.H. & Ho, A.H.Y. (2018). Citizenship, compassion, the arts: People living with mental illness need a caring community. Social Change, 48(2), 238-259. doi: 10.1177/0049085718768911

Ho, R.T.H., Potash, J.S., Ho, A.H.Y., Ho, V.F.L. & Chen, E.Y.H. (2017). Reducing mental illness stigma and fostering empathic citizenship: Community arts collaborative approach.  Social Work in Mental Health, 15(4), 469-485.  doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1236767

Potash, J. S., Bardot, H., Moon, C. H., Napoli, M., Lyonsmith, A. & Hamilton, M. (2017). Ethical implications of cross-cultural international art therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 56, 74-82. doi: 10.1016/j.aip.2017.08.005

Potash, J. S., Mann, S. M., Martinez, J. C., Roach, A. B. & Wallace, N. M. (2016).  Spectrum of art therapy practice: Systematic review of Art Therapy 1983-2014.  Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 33(3), 119-127.  doi: 10.1080/07421656.2016.1199242

Potash, J. S., Chen, J. Y. & Tsang, J. P. Y. (2016). Medical student mandala making for holistic well-being. BMJ Medical Humanities42, 17-25. 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

Potash, J. S.  (2015).  Archetypal aesthetics: Viewing art through states of consciousness.  International Journal of Jungian Studies, 7 (2), 139-153. doi: 10.1080/19409052.2014.924984

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. & Ramirez, W.  (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.

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

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

  • Art Therapy and Counseling Process
  • Creativity and Symbolism
  • 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