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Description - Empowering Children through Art and Expression by Bruce St Thomas

Empowering Children through Art and Expression examines the successful use of arts and expressive therapies with children, and in particular those whose lives have been disrupted by forced relocation with their families to a different culture or community.

The book explores how children express and resolve unspoken feelings about traumatic experiences in play and other creative activities, based on their observations of peer support groups, outreach programs and through individuals' own accounts. The authors argue that such activities in a safe context can be both a means of expressing trauma and a coping strategy for children to overcome it. This book combines personal and professional perspectives, using case examples as well as the authors' own childhood experiences, to demonstrate practical strategies for use with children, from drama and storytelling to sculpting with clay. It also equips the reader with knowledge of the theory behind these intervention techniques.

This book will be a valuable resource for professionals working with traumatized children who have experienced loss, grief, relocation and other kinds of trauma.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843107897
ISBN-10: 1843107899
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 153mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bruce St Thomas

Bruce St Thomas has an Ed.D in Counselling Psychology from the University of Maine at Orono, along with over 30 years of clinical consultation experience with children, families, therapeutic groups, community programs and educational organizations. He has published numerous articles, programs and audiotapes on guided imagery, therapeutic work with trauma and art therapy. Paul Johnson has a DSW and is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Maine. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. He has over 20 years' experience in social work in both the UK and the US. He has published a number of articles on children, trauma and loss.

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