- Subject index
Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.
Chapter 6: Art Therapy with Traumatically Bereaved Children
Art Therapy with Traumatically Bereaved Children
Art therapy is effective in the treatment of traumatized client populations. As a nonverbal, sensory-based, enactive modality with narrative and symbolic potential, art making within a therapeutic relationship accesses aspects of trauma experiences that have evaded verbal processing. Brain research supports art therapy as a treatment to promote hemispheric integration—linking the verbal with the nonverbal. Specific techniques developed by art therapists include the Instinctual Trauma Response to work with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Losing a parent is traumatic for children, even when it is anticipated. When death is sudden and violent, as by accident, suicide, or murder, actual trauma is intensified, and this complicates the grieving process. Art therapy in grief work with ...