Creating art is an important process for children and young people that have experienced trauma to undertake. It also helps to restore mother-child bonding and attachment. Child Advocates can hear about the importance of art-based activites in the lecture, or research fun art projects they may wish to perform with their young cleints and their mothers/carers.
Art therapy: changing lives, one image at a time
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the use of creative arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, integrative expressive arts therapies, and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. Cathy is also the President of Art Therapy Without Borders and is one of its founders.
Origami: Making a Paper Frog
Folding paper to make an Origami jumping frog is easy and the children will love it. watch this Origami for kids video and learn to make the Origami paper frog, then do it with the children and their mothers.
This is a great bonding exercise too!
Transparent Paper Faces
Get the kids to draw their face with a transparent sheet of paper and a mirror. This could be used to discuss feelings while having fun too.
Bottle Caps and Buttons for Beads
Collecting bottle caps from milk cartons or having buttons to make strands of beads are a great way to get children to explore making art, while sitting quitely and working with others.
Making cut out images of people, places, objects etc. can be a great way for children to use their imaginations and create senarios where they might be able to talk about their dreams, or hopes for the future, or fears they might have, and also enjoy moving the characters and telling stories. Mothers should also be involved in story-telling and bonding during art sessions with their children.
Story Stones are a creative way for children to tell stories about how they might be feeling at the time of the art activity, how they felt when they lived at home, how they feel about living in the refuge, how they feel about the Child Advocate, how they feel about their mother etc. Story stones allow the children to tlak to the Child Advocates in a safe and enjoyable way.
Timelines are a way for children and young people to see where they have been and can lead to discussions around where they want to go in the future. Mothers are key in this activity in helping to draw an accurate timeline.
Water Bottle Shakers
Buy little plastic bottles and get children to add craft supplies to them. Fill them up with water and secure tightly.
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