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Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children Hardcover – 1 Mar 2008


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"Malchiodi has put together an invaluable resource that is chock full of highly creative and innovative interventions for traumatized children. The all-star lineup of contributors have written solid, user-friendly chapters on doing effective expressive therapy work with children who have experienced many types of trauma. This is a timely, welcome contribution to the child trauma and psychotherapy literature - a terrific book that will greatly benefit therapists working in the trenches with these challenging children and their families." - Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, Codirector, Partners for Collaborative Solutions, Evanston, Illinois, USA

"This comprehensive resource delivers everything the title promises and more. Grounded in current trauma theory, the book presents creative, evidence-based therapeutic approaches developed specifically for children and adolescents. It also provides a clear understanding of childhood PTSD and its implications for treatment... I highly recommend this book to practitioners and would also use it as a training text for students." - Elizabeth A. Warson, MA, ATR-BC, Graduate Art Therapy Program, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

"Malchiodi is a widely read and well-respected art therapist whose work on the treatment of childhood trauma is exemplary. This book addresses the rich array of therapies to which terrified youngsters respond. For the newcomer to the field who wishes to learn how drawings, doll play, music, relaxation, and storytelling may be used after devastating events - or for the old hand at working with kids who wants a good review of what's new - this is just the book." - Lenore C. Terr, MD, author of Magical Moments of Change

"I would recommend this well researched and well informed book to therapists working in schools with children of displaced, disenfranchised survivors of war and disaster and those working with families around the world who are struggling to make sense of their traumatising experiences… This book is packed with suggested activities for therapists to help restore the child’s sense of safety and ability to function creatively and spontaneously, by re building their own internal resources as a coping measure against the many minor traumas we all ‘suffer’ and have to deal with in everyday life." - Kate Rothwell, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Feb, 2009

"This book is important not least for acknowledging the victims of the many catastrophic disasters that have beset the human race over recent times. It attempts to find solutions for tacking the very complex issue of how to work with children and families who have been traumatised by their experiences of conflict...I would recommend this well researched and well-informed book to therapists working in schools with children of displaced, disenfranchised survivors of war and disaster and those working with families around the world who are struggling to make sense of their traumatising experiences... Creative Interventions with Traumatised Children is packed with suggested activities for therapists to help restore the child's sense of safety and ability to function creatively and spontaneously." - Kate Rothwell, BAAT: Newsbriefing, Spring 2009

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Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR-BC, LPCC, CPAT, REAT, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, art therapist, and expressive arts therapist, and is also a faculty member at the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and at Lesley University. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience in working with people of all ages and has worked as an art therapist with survivors of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, disaster, and serious or life-threatening illnesses. Ms. Malchiodi is a frequent presenter on art and health care throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe, and has given more than 250 invited presentations. She is the only person to have received all three of the American Art Therapy Association's highest honors: Distinguished Service Award (1991), Clinician Award (2000), and Honorary Life Member Award (2002). The author or editor of numerous books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, Understanding Children's Drawings, and the Handbook of Art Therapy, she has also published over 70 peer-reviewed papers on the use of art therapy and arts medicine with trauma survivors, survivors of child physical and sexual abuse, people with psychiatric disorders, and those with physical illness.


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HASH(0x9ac8bd98) out of 5 stars Creative Book 27 July 2011
By Theresa Leone Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book that details different therapies, all creative, to deal with children who have been traumatized. The original reason I had the library get me this was because one of the chapters, 'Grieving in the Public Eye,' was written by a friend and former roommate, Laura Loumeau-May. Laura is an artist and art therapist, and her chapter details how she treated specific clients, those who were the children of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. She used many creative ideas, including heart shaped collages and memorial projects, to help these kids deal with their grief and overwhelming sense of loss. Although I am a teacher, not someone in this field, I found it very interesting. Other chapters I particularly liked included one by P. Gussie Klorer, that dealt with treating children with attachment issues. One of the ideas is to have her clients create life sized dolls; one of her clients, a foster child who for a long time felt that it would be a betrayal of her biological mother to love her foster parents, used the doll to say and do the things she could not. Very interesting. Also, the chapter by Russell E. Hilliard about using music therapy with traumatized children in group therapy was fascinating, as was another chapter, by Craig Haen, about using drama therapy, something that is apparently somewhat uncommon, to treat children who have been the victims of abuse or trauma. Besides Loumeau-May's chapter, the two I enjoyed the most both dealt with literacy as a form of treatment (no doubt because I am a Language Arts teacher), one by Ann Cattanach entitled 'Working Creatively with Children and Their Families after Trauma: The Storied Life,' and another by the editor of the book, Cathy Malchiodi, and Deanne Ginns-Gruenberg, entitled 'Trauma, Loss, and Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Stories.' Very cool how they write about using literature as a form of intervention, including having their clients read specific stories, and by identifying with the characters, they gain increased understanding and insight into their own problems, and integrating ideas or themes from existing stories into their own stories, they come to better understand the issues they face. Lots of case stories and how these ideas work for their clients. If there is any criticism I have of the book, and I acknowledge I am NOT in this field so this is purely an opinion, it is with the chapter by Diane S. Safran and Elysa R. Safran, entitled 'Creative Approaches to Minimize the Traumatic Impact of Bullying Behavior.' I had issues with some of what they wrote, which seemed too pat and unrealistic, including the case study of a student who categorizes his victimization at school by bullies as being 'terrorized.' Yet after three months of drawing pictures he's all better and can handle the bullying by walking away. Either details were missing from this account or the results were skewed because if one is being truly 'terrorized' at school, which far too many students are, walking away is not usually an option. Nevertheless, an illuminating book that I would highly recommend.
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HASH(0x9b224c9c) out of 5 stars Diverse Approaches to Dealing with Trauma 26 Jun. 2011
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a compilation of chapters written by various experts regarding the effects of trauma and useful interventions for resolving it. Each chapter is well-researched, providing information and insights that mental health professionals from a variety of backgrounds will be able to utilize. Highly recommend!
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HASH(0x9b21b360) out of 5 stars Comprehensive Discussion of Interventions Involving Creativity 6 Jan. 2009
By Book Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am pleased with the book in that it is thorough in it's discussion of trauma and the artistic interventions that can benefit those who suffer from it. I was hoping that the book would be more of an overview of creative ideas and how to apply them, rather than a discussion of why to use interventions involving creativity. However, it is still a valuable resource.
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HASH(0x9c110060) out of 5 stars Great Book for Art Therapists 19 May 2009
By J. Mosing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was very helpful when researching examples of how art therapy can help children who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. I found it particularly useful when writing about PTSD in children, and how art therapy can be used to treat these children. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested learning about the benefits of art therapy, or counseling children who have experienced trauma.
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HASH(0x9b232708) out of 5 stars SUPERB RESOURCE! 30 Dec. 2008
By B. Adcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
EXCELLENT book by excellent authors. I will refer to this book MANY MANY times in dealing with one of my daughters who had a traumatic experience at the age of three -- I'm also a professional in early childhood special education!
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