Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes

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This volume demonstrates the power of art therapy as a tool for intervening with children from violent homes. Emphasis is given to the short-term setting where time is at a premium and circumstances are unpredictable - because within this setting, mental health practitioners often experience a sense of helplessness in their work with the youngest victims of abusive families.; In this new edition, the author describes the intervention process from intake to termination, highlighting the complex issues involved at ...

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Overview

This volume demonstrates the power of art therapy as a tool for intervening with children from violent homes. Emphasis is given to the short-term setting where time is at a premium and circumstances are unpredictable - because within this setting, mental health practitioners often experience a sense of helplessness in their work with the youngest victims of abusive families.; In this new edition, the author describes the intervention process from intake to termination, highlighting the complex issues involved at various levels of evaluation and interpretation. The text is augmented with 95 children's drawings, which serve to fill the gap between theory and reality.; Specific topics include: inherent frustrations for therapists working in battered women's shelters; what to include in art evaluation; evaluating child abuse and neglect; group art intervention in shelters; and art expression as assessment and therapy with sexually abused children.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Focuses on short-term setting such as battered women's shelters, where time is at a premium and circumstances are unpredictable. Describes the intervention process from intake to termination, noting the issues involved at various levels of evaluation and interpretation. Also offers information on art supplies, space, and storage ideas. The 1989 edition has been updated to account for new ideas related to sexual abuse. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Malchiodi, director of the Art Therapy Program at the U. of Utah, demonstrates the power of art therapy as a tool for intervening with children from violent homes. The emphasis is on the short-term setting where time is at a premium and circumstances are unpredictable. Illustrated with 95 drawings by abused children. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876305782
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Role of Art Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Children from Violent Homes: An Overview 1
Domestic Violence, Children, and Art Therapy: Some Personal Observations 1
Art Therapy and Domestic Violence: Contemporary Perspectives 6
Ch. 2 Working with Children from Violent Homes 16
Some Basic Considerations 17
Some Commonalities Among Children Who Populate Shelters for Battered Women 20
Inherent Frustrations for the Therapist Working in Shelters for Battered Women and Their Children 44
Ch. 3 Art Evaluation with Children from Violent Homes 50
Using Art Expression with Children in Crisis: A Brief Overview 51
Intake: Initial Art Evaluation 52
Art Evaluation: What to Include 54
Developmental Levels in Children's Art and Their Importance in Evaluation 67
Organizing the Written Evaluation 74
Key Areas in an Art Evaluation 75
Ch. 4 Art Intervention with Children from Violent Homes 92
Some Overall Considerations 93
Initial Stage of Intervention 95
Middle Stage of Intervention 96
Some Suggestions for Specific Group Art Interventions 122
Termination Phase 124
Ch. 5 Child Sexual Abuse 130
Some Definitions of Sexual Abuse 131
Issues in Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child 132
The Use of Art Expression as Assessment and Therapy with Sexually Abused Children 136
Art Expressions of Sexually Abused Children: Complexities and Commonalities 139
Some Final Thoughts About the Art Expressions of Sexually Abused Children 163
Interviewing the Sexually Abused Child About Art Expressions 164
Moving from Content to Validation of Allegation 166
Special Qualifications of the Therapist Who Works with Sexually Abused Children 168
Ch. 6 Developing Art Therapy Programs for Children from Violent Homes 171
Qualifications of the Art Therapist 172
Policies 173
Service Delivery: Some Suggestions 175
Environment 178
Supplies 179
Play Items 184
Some Additional Advice 186
Display of Children's Art Expressions 187
Epilogue 190
Resource List 191
References 195
Name Index 205
Subject Index 207
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