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In through the Back Door: Non-Directive Art Therapy to Treat Complex Psychological Trauma in Children (Workshop 117)
Children who have been abused or neglected often experience multiple traumatic events and significant stressors, resulting in a phenomenon called Complex Psychological Trauma. This workshop presents an alternative treatment strategy in the form of non-directive art therapy, drawing upon the most current research and theories regarding Complex Psychological Trauma to underscore and support the efficacy of the treatment modality with this population. A strictly non-directive approach allows the therapist to continually assess and address the specific relational and therapeutic needs of the child without risk of overwhelming the child or overlooking the most pressing issues at a given moment in time. Case studies and samples of client artwork demonstrate the art therapy process and the positive treatment outcomes for severely abused and neglected children.
Peg Schwartz, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.T.R.-B.C.
Tracy L. Warnecke, B.S.
Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
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