Paper House Making with Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence [PDF]

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information and a visual how-to about creating a three dimensional house from a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and some simple paperfolding steps.

Exploring issues around home in the context of safety planning, safe places, and helping to contain overwhelming feelings associated with worry and fear are important for children and adolescents from violent homes and have been impacted by the terror of domestic violence in their daily lives.

Art expression in trauma intervention can create a safe, welcoming, and non-threatening environment that can support traumatized youth in sharing their story through the creative process and artmaking.

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Paper House Making with Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence [PDF]

  1. 1. paper house making WITH YOUTH EXPOSED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~Maya Angelou This resource sheet includes Art expression in trauma writing about the three dimensionalinformation and a visual how-to about intervention can create a safe, piece.creating a three dimensional house welcoming, and non-threateningfrom a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and environment that can supportsome simple paperfolding steps. traumatized youth in sharing their story through the creative process and art- Exploring issues around home in making.the context of safety planning, safeplaces, and helping to contain This paper house intervention andoverwhelming feelings associated with the process of paperfolding combinesworry and fear are important for mindfulness elements with the structurechildren and adolescents from violent of containment to help youth feel safehomes and have been impacted by the and explore experiences rooted interror of domestic violence in their trauma and loss through art. Thedaily lives. intervention also creates opportunity for symbolic storytelling or creative Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Consultant practicing in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Her work specializes in children, adolescents, women, and families impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and grief & loss. Visit www.gretchen-miller.com for more information about Gretchen’s work, services, and interests.
  2. 2. Materials Needed:How to •8 1/2 x 11 papermake a •Scissorspaper house: •Glue Stick •Markers, Magazine Photo Collage, Color Paper & Other Materials Themes to Explore: •Safety Planning •Shelter Adjustment •Creating a Safe Place •Moving & Separation •“What Makes a House a Home?” Creates: •Repetitive, here & now focus through paperfolding process •Containment of emotions connected to worry, fear, uncertainty •Opportunity for symbolic storytelling © 2011 Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC

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