The Benefits of Art Therapy-Informed Techniques

As we dive further into our Virtual Art Show, we would like to share with you information about art therapy. Art therapy carries many benefits, especially for children who have endured trauma.

Art therapy-informed techniques allow for our clients to express their thoughts and feelings through a creative channel, creating various art projects over a variety of mediums. It is helpful for children to represent and process their emotions, especially when they may struggle to verbalize or find the word choice for their pain. Child sexual abuse is a traumatic experience, and often speaking about it can be frightening or overwhelming. To assist our clients, our therapists mindfully choose art therapy-informed techniques as a method for “a non-verbal, symbolic, non-direct, and non-threatening way for the child to process their trauma (Malchiodi, 2015).” 1

The benefits of art therapy do not end at expression. Studies 2 have found that art therapy increases confidence, showcasing of talents, empathy, and a feeling of support among children. Children who have received art therapy following trauma also demonstrated that sleep quality has increased, and playfulness and smiling began to return. Additionally, it may decrease hyperarousal and avoidance symptoms amongst children when addressing their trauma.

At the CAC we have found utilizing art therapy-informed techniques with our clients to be extremely beneficial. Children have expansive imaginations, and the introduction of art therapy provides them with an outlet to use their imagination while healing from sexual abuse trauma and expressing themselves.

To see some of the passionate artwork created by our clients, connect with us on social media through the remainder of the week, and engage in our Virtual Art Show.

Farrah’s Story

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The Littlest Silence Breakers

Time magazine recently named The Silence Breakers as the influential “Person of the Year.” The individuals who share their stories of harassment and abuse in the 2017 issue are men and women from all walks of life, and they are to be commended for their resilience and courage. Time writes, “They’ve had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can’t afford to lose. They’ve had it with the code of going along to get along.”

Equipping Special Education Classrooms

In the Fall of 2019, the Kids Have Rights program of the Children’s Advocacy Center was awarded a grant by the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation to develop elementary school lessons for self-contained special education classrooms in Kent County.

The Importance of Programming

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The Boss of Their Bodies

Helping children learn to be the “boss of their body” is a fundamental step in body safety education.

Interactive Activities for Setting & Maintaining Boundaries with Children 

Using items you likely already have on hand, you can teach children about personal space and boundaries! These fundamental skills are pillars for body safety education.

Setting & Maintaining Boundaries

Teaching children how to set and maintain boundaries, as well as the importance of personal space, reinforces a key component of body safety education – their body belongs to them.

Meet Marian, Case Manager

As the Case Manager, it is my privilege to work with the caregivers of the children we serve on any needs or goals they are struggling to accomplish.