Arts as intervention in Child Social Services

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Abstract

Art, in its fundamental sense, is a language written in images. This is particularly important for children whose cognitive and language skills are still developing. It is even more so for those who have experienced or are still undergoing trauma. “Children need to have the opportunity to proces traumatic experiences in a manner consistent with their cognitive and emotional development (Arvidson et. Al. 2011, p.38).” Art creates a non-verbal platform for children to disclose and develop their abstract thinking and feelings in images. The process of art making provides them with a self-directed, joyful platform that is safe and natural to project their feelings under the guise of play. This presentation shares the theories and practices of using art as intervention in child social services.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2019
Event30th Anniversary PHENND Conference: Trauma + the Arts: Mobilizing Anchor Institutions - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 2 Apr 20193 Apr 2019
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Conference

Conference30th Anniversary PHENND Conference: Trauma + the Arts
Abbreviated titlePHENND
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period2/04/193/04/19
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Paper Panel: Arts Interventions for Children & Youth

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LAW, S. M. S. (2019). Arts as intervention in Child Social Services. Paper presented at 30th Anniversary PHENND Conference: Trauma + the Arts, Philadelphia, United States.