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Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, First Edition 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1593856151
ISBN-10: 1593856156
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Editorial Reviews


"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

"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. Overall, the chapters emphasize an integrative perspective that interweaves counseling theory with creative modalities. 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

"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

"Malchiodi puts forth a comprehensive guide for professionals utilizing the creative arts therapies in child trauma work. The book is well structured and each chapter offers the reader a deeper understanding of specific creative applications and useful interventions for working with traumatized children, families, and groups....An excellent resource for practitioners and provides its readers with strategies for working with children who have been exposed to a wide range of traumatic experiences. I found Malchiodi's presentation of the neurobiological effects of trauma to be an exciting introduction to new ways of looking at trauma work with children. It serves as a foundation for the important and moving work described by the contributing authors and sets the tone for the book....The text is well organized and the information is presented in a format that is easy to read and very practical. I highly recommend this book to professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, as well as practitioners who are interested in applying creative interventions to their practice."--Art Therapy
(Art Therapy 2008-01-10)

"This book provides a thorough look into expressive interventions used in trauma, grief, and crisis with children. Malchiodi's carefully edited chapters are easy to read and absorbing....Each chapter illuminates a particular aspect of creative therapies [including] music therapy, art therapy, bibliotherapy, and play therapy. I would recommend this book as it provides step by step strategies and the thought-provoking examples of case work from Malchiodi's own practice and other practitioners....Malchiodi's book is an important contribution to the research in creative interventions and traumatized children and it's no wonder, she is so highly regarded in the art therapy community."--Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal
(Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal 2008-01-03)

"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 traumatizing 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 rebuilding their own internal resource as a coping measure against the many minor traumas we all 'suffer' and have to deal with in everyday life."--Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal
(Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal 2008-01-10)

"The book has a rich collection of black and white sketches that are worth the price of the book on its own merit. They speak when words fail....The book has good reference information, organized by chapters."--Illness, Crisis and Loss
(Illness, Crisis and Loss 2008-01-10)

About the Author

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.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593856156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593856151
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD (www.cathymalchiodi.com) is an art therapy maven, leading international expert, independent scholar, and author in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. Cathy is a research psychologist, mental health counselor, and licensed and board certified art therapist. She is a co-founder of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc, an world-wide group dedicated to providing art therapy information, educational programs, and service, and the founder of the global networking group, International Art Therapy Organization. A popular speaker, Cathy has given over 300 invited keynotes, workshops, and courses throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University's Expressive Therapies Department for over 20 years and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the US and Europe.

Cathy is a recognized advocate, visionary, change-agent, and innovator of art therapy programs for children, adolescents, adults, and families, particularly with survivors of trauma. Cathy is a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Trauma Specialist, Level III. She has been involved in a wide variety of community, national, and international agencies, including the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Issues Deliberation America/Australia, American Art Therapy Association, and Save the Children Foundation, helping to create a global art therapy initiative for children in need in the West Bank and Africa. Cathy has also served on the boards of American Counseling Association (ACA), serving as the first Representative from the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC); Association for Humanistic Counseling (President); American Art Therapy Association (AATA); and on numerous national and international boards in mental health, counseling, arts, and public service. In honor of her clinical and academic contributions, Cathy is the only person to have received all three of the American Art Therapy Association's highest honors: Distinguished Service Award, Clinician Award, and Honorary Life Member Award. She has also received national honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts (VSA). She is an active participant in the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, serving on their ethics and research committees and as Special Interest Group Leader for Medical Art Therapy.

Cathy is regularly interviewed by the news media in publications such as Prevention, Better Homes & Garden, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Psychology Today, Congressional Quarterly, Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Boston Globe, New York Times, US News & World Report, and in other print and internet sources.

Customer Reviews

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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.Read more ›
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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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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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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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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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