Art & Play Therapy Therapeutic and Creative Approaches for Children © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC By Pamela Ullmann, MS, ATR-...
What is Art Therapy? <ul><li>Art therapy is an established mental health profession that  uses the creative process of art...
Play Therapy <ul><li>Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve th...
Focus of Treatment <ul><li>Behavioral issues </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis or trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Loss and bereavement </l...
Assessment Through Observed Creative Expression <ul><li>Sensory input and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling through...
Creative Materials and Toys © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC Social & problem solving skills 6 or 7 years and up Games Imaginati...
Child Centered Approach <ul><li>Create a supportive and healing atmosphere  </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a variety of art and p...
Behavioral Approach <ul><li>Sessions are more structured </li></ul><ul><li>Goals are established </li></ul><ul><li>Modelin...
Group Therapy <ul><li>Build social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Share creative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination and play </...
Creative Art Projects © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
Q & A © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
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  1. 1. Art & Play Therapy Therapeutic and Creative Approaches for Children © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC By Pamela Ullmann, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS
  2. 2. What is Art Therapy? <ul><li>Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight (American Art Therapy Association) </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  3. 3. Play Therapy <ul><li>Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them </li></ul><ul><li>Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. </li></ul><ul><li>Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  4. 4. Focus of Treatment <ul><li>Behavioral issues </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis or trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Loss and bereavement </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Illness or medical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Special needs- sensory integration, adaptive art and play, developmental delays </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  5. 5. Assessment Through Observed Creative Expression <ul><li>Sensory input and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling through art </li></ul><ul><li>Symbolic representation </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatizing situations </li></ul><ul><li>Social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviors and reactions </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  6. 6. Creative Materials and Toys © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC Social & problem solving skills 6 or 7 years and up Games Imagination 18 months and up Dolls, play sets Mastery 4 or 5 years and up Crafts, collage, building Regression or Mastery 7 or 8 years and up Clay and modeling Regression 2-10 years (or older) Play dough Emotional 4 or 5 years and up Paint, glue, water play Organized 3 years and up Crayons and markers Control 5 years and up Pencils and pens Psychology Appropriate ages Materials
  7. 7. Child Centered Approach <ul><li>Create a supportive and healing atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a variety of art and play materials </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture the child’s emotional, physical, sensory, and cognitive development </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the child at the level they are at (physically and emotionally) </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  8. 8. Behavioral Approach <ul><li>Sessions are more structured </li></ul><ul><li>Goals are established </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling of behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Reward systems </li></ul><ul><li>Use of praise </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  9. 9. Group Therapy <ul><li>Build social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Share creative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination and play </li></ul><ul><li>Work cooperatively </li></ul><ul><li>Murals </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative art </li></ul>© 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  10. 10. Creative Art Projects © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC
  11. 11. Q & A © 2009 Colors of Play, LLC

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