Group Art Therapy Interventions & Strategies: Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

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Overview of art therapy group interventions and strategies when working with children impacted by domestic violence by Registered Board Certified Art Therapist Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC. For more, check out this e-course offering: http://bit.ly/AaUdi8

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Group Art Therapy Interventions & Strategies: Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

  1. 1. Group Art Therapy Interventions & Strategies: Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence<br />Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC<br />Registered Board Certified Art Therapist<br />Certified Trauma Consultant<br />The Domestic Violence Center<br />Cleveland, OH<br />
  2. 2. About Art Therapy<br />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, create coping skills, manage stress, and strengthen sense of self.  Art therapy has provided mental health treatment for clients who have experienced trauma, grief & loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse, and more. <br /> ~ The Art Therapy Alliance<br />
  3. 3. Using Art in Trauma Intervention <br />Creative process and art-making can provide opportunities for decision-making, problem-solving, and help build resiliency<br />Respond to art expressions with an accepting, calming, validating, and normalizing approach<br />Encourage and provide creative choices for open, self-expression<br />Create a safe, inviting, and structured environment for making art free of judgment, interpretation, and asking too many questions<br />Support opportunities for storytelling through interest of art created<br />Malchiodi, C. (2005). Using Art in Trauma Recovery with Children Monograph.<br />
  4. 4. Considerations when working with children from homes of domestic violence:<br />Stabilization<br /> Emotion expression and validation<br /> Coping with feelings and crisis<br /> Reducing anxiety, fear, tension<br /> Adjustment to shelter life, family changes<br /> Safety planning<br /> Short term intervention & prevention<br />Miller, G. (2008). Bruce Perry’s Impact: Considerations for Art Therapy & Children From Violent Homes<br />
  5. 5. Considerations when working with children from homes of domestic violence:<br />Appropriate developmental level<br />Provide a sense of safety & predictability<br />Repetition<br />Relational enrichment<br />Experience of reward<br />Perry, B. (2006). Applying Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children <br />
  6. 6. Support Groups for Youth<br />Create a group structure designed to foster:<br />Consistency<br />Predictability<br />Safety and ability to make choices<br />Relational interaction<br />Appropriate role modeling<br />
  7. 7. Sensory based group art interventions that explore:<br />Acceptance and trust<br />Validation of experience<br />Educate & normalize trauma reactions<br />Promoting emotional expression<br />Coping and stress management<br />
  8. 8. Trust & Acceptance<br />Art Interventions that focus on:<br /><ul><li> Getting to Know the Child
  9. 9. Building Rapport & Relationship
  10. 10. Safety
  11. 11. Promoting Self-Worth & Self Esteem
  12. 12. Celebrating Self
  13. 13. Building Resiliency</li></li></ul><li>A Favorite Kind of Day Drawing<br />Malchiodi, C. (1997)<br />
  14. 14. Safety Box<br />
  15. 15. Safety Box<br />
  16. 16. Validation of Experience<br />Art Interventions that focus on:<br /><ul><li>Promoting Emotional Expression
  17. 17. Honors experience
  18. 18. Provides opportunity for storytelling</li></li></ul><li>Fighting<br />
  19. 19. Fighting<br />
  20. 20. Coming to Shelter / Worried about Leaving Pet Behind<br />
  21. 21. Shelter Adjustment / Coming to Shelter<br />
  22. 22. Shelter Adjustment / Coming to Shelter<br />
  23. 23. Normalizing Trauma Reactions<br />Art Interventions that focus on:<br /><ul><li>Education and Validation
  24. 24. Sensory-Based Activities
  25. 25. Identifying Ways to Cope w/ reactions
  26. 26. Animals, creatures, and other characters that can provide examples through a non-threatening image or story </li></li></ul><li>Sherman-- A Terrible Thing Happened Story<br />
  27. 27. Bart & the Sad, Bad, and Scary Thing that Happened—Brave Bart Story<br />
  28. 28. Trauma Stress Thoughts<br />
  29. 29. Promoting Emotional Expression<br />Art Interventions that focus on:<br /><ul><li>Physical response to trauma reactions or experience
  30. 30. Permission and acceptance of emotions related to fear, worry, anger, sadness, guilt, humiliation </li></li></ul><li>Emotional X-Ray: Scared<br />
  31. 31. Emotional X-Ray: Helpless<br />
  32. 32. Emotional X-Ray: Tension<br />
  33. 33. Feelings Mask<br />
  34. 34. Coping and Stress Management<br />Interventions that focus on:<br /><ul><li> Body’s response to stress/relaxation
  35. 35. Relaxation techniques
  36. 36. Breath work
  37. 37. Healthy ways to calm, soothe, feel safe</li></li></ul><li>
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  40. 40. References<br />Malchiodi, C. (2008). Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. New York: Guildford Press. <br />Malchiodi, C. (2005). Using Art in Trauma Recovery with Children. Monograph published by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.<br />Malchiodi, C. (1997). Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes . New York: Brunner Mazel.<br />Miller, G. (2008). Bruce Perry’s Impact: Considerations for Art Therapy & Children From Violent Homes on Slideshare<br />Perry, B. (2006). Applying Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children in Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare edited by Nancy Boyd. New York: Guilford Press.<br />
  41. 41. © 2010 Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BCRegistered Board Certified Art TherapistCertified Trauma and Loss Consultant<br />gretchenmilleratrbc@gmail.comwww.gretchen-miller.com<br />

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