Presentation Title

Benefits of Art Therapy with Children Affected by Trauma

Presenter Information

Alexa Morrison

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

19-3-2016 11:30 AM

End Date

19-3-2016 11:45 AM

Abstract

There are many different opinions on whether art therapy has a positive effect on people’s lives; limitations, inherent in most studies, undermine the potential validity of this claim. Yet, it still remains a useful tool to aid in the enhancement of a child's life. I chose to look further into this particular type of therapy, to develop a better understanding of how children react to art and what is most beneficial for their treatment. In acute traumatic events, for example, children that have been affected by war have a hard time articulating that traumatic experience. Art expression allows for children to process distressing events in a way that is easily communicated compared to solely relying on their verbal skills.
Art therapy is commonly used in traumatic events, which implies that there is something about this type of therapy that allows for further insight into their recovery. Art therapy provides an opportunity for children to view the trauma in a new way. It is often seen as a way for children to reframe and integrate the traumatic experience so that it can assist them in reconnecting implicit and explicit memories from the particular traumatic experience. Rather than having therapy and art stand in isolation from one another, I have started to understand the importance integration between the two brings towards the aid in helping children.

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Advisor

Reid Webster

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Benefits of Art Therapy with Children Affected by Trauma

IB 1008

There are many different opinions on whether art therapy has a positive effect on people’s lives; limitations, inherent in most studies, undermine the potential validity of this claim. Yet, it still remains a useful tool to aid in the enhancement of a child's life. I chose to look further into this particular type of therapy, to develop a better understanding of how children react to art and what is most beneficial for their treatment. In acute traumatic events, for example, children that have been affected by war have a hard time articulating that traumatic experience. Art expression allows for children to process distressing events in a way that is easily communicated compared to solely relying on their verbal skills.
Art therapy is commonly used in traumatic events, which implies that there is something about this type of therapy that allows for further insight into their recovery. Art therapy provides an opportunity for children to view the trauma in a new way. It is often seen as a way for children to reframe and integrate the traumatic experience so that it can assist them in reconnecting implicit and explicit memories from the particular traumatic experience. Rather than having therapy and art stand in isolation from one another, I have started to understand the importance integration between the two brings towards the aid in helping children.