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"Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, enhancing coping skills, managing stress, and strengthening a sense of self."

--The Art Therapy Alliance

Art Therapy and Domestic Violence

Presentation by Gretchen Miller, ATR-BC, on art therapy, children, and domestic violence. Watch an excellent summary of just how art therapy is applied to work with children and adolescents from violence homes in this slide presentation by Gretchen Miller.

Download Article, "Art Therapy: Releasing Inner Monsters" Here. A classic, early article on art therapy with children from violent homes, download this article [with color images] here for a limited time. 

Join the Dialogue about Art Therapy, Trauma, and Loss

Trauma and Loss is a sub-group of The Art Therapy Alliance for art therapists to dialogue, share ideas and resources related to art therapy, trauma, and loss issues. This group is moderated by Aimee Loth Rozum, LMHC, ATR-BC. If you are already a member of the Art Therapy Alliance and this topic interests you, please join it!

How to Help Children Recover from Trauma. "Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events" is book by Lisa Diamond-Raab, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, CP, Paramjit Toor Joshi, MD, Shulamit Michal Lewin, MHS, and Shari Goddard Shambaugh, MA, AT; you can download sample page and the table of contents by going to this site.

National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children/Starr Commonwealth. Visit this webpage to find many downloadable resources on trauma intervention with children and families, information on sensory-based methods [drawing, art, play, and stress reduction], and research findings. You can also learn more about TLC/Starr's distance learning courses, too.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Disaster Information. NCTSN has an extensive website; on this page you can find more information about children and all types of traumatic experiences. There are links for professional information, consumers, media, and educators, and multimedia presentations plus a knowledge bank.

Books, Articles, and Other Resources

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Members Only: Downloadable articles, reference lists, and podcasts about art therapy and domestic violence-- coming soon!

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