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Rita Eckart studied Art History, Education and Art Therapy.  She specialises in Emergency, Trauma and Intercultural artistic therapy, and social art.  During several years spent in North Africa she gained experience in therapeutic support for refugees. She is a team member of stART International with many years of operational experience, and leader of the Emergency and Trauma Art Therapy further education course at Alanus University for Art and Society.  She also teaches on many Art Therapy courses in different countries and has initiated social art projects with various topical themes, including self-stabilisation for traumatised people with refugee and war-zone experiences.