Healing for Adolescents: An Art-based Approach to Coping with Trauma
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The purpose of this paper was to determine whether art therapy groups for middle school students dealing with trauma was beneficial or not. The students were given different materials and a different intervention each session to complete. All the interventions were geared towards trauma. At the beginning of each session was a short group intervention, then into an individual intervention. At the end of each session, everyone would gather together and share their pieces if they wished. I will be exploring what may cause trauma, and what it is and various art therapy interventions to use with children dealing with trauma. Additionally, I will address the inquiry: does group art therapy work well at this school? By exploring these topics, I will show you how art therapy interventions were beneficial to middle schoolers in groups I facilitated. The group included students ages 11-13, who experienced traumatic events in their lives. These events could include: a loss of a family member, witness of a death, involvement of drugs/alcohol in the home, family or friends, physical or mental abuse, etc.