Art is a symbolic language that communicates feelings and truths which could otherwise be difficult to get across. Using art to let children express feelings and thoughts where words are failing them can become especially useful in a therapy setting.
Art therapy has been used by counselors, psychiatrists and psychotherapists to help children who aren’t old enough to communicate certain emotions and feelings. Training’s on understanding deeper meanings behind children’s artwork are available for therapists and counselors to use in their practice.
Various ages of children needing help for abusive situations may use art as an outlet to nonverbally communicate their feelings. Abuse and sexual assault are difficult topics to discuss, this is only heightened when you are too young to comprehend an issue which has occurred. Art then gives abused children a way to begin to understand and work through the negative effects of abuse and trauma.
Knowing “what’s normal” in children’s artwork can help to identify underlying issue. In STM Learning’s book “Helping Children Affected by Abuse”, different case studies are presented comparing drawings that had drastically changed in the mood. Previously some of the childrens creations had people, pets, children, etc. in them and the recent ones were a lot emptier.
Talking to children about their art is important action to take when concerned with a recent behavior change. Certain situations such as a new stepparent or moving states can lead to a child feeling lost or out of place. Looking at their artwork and talking about it with them can lead to a better understanding of a child’s emotions and how to address them in the future.
For more information over art therapy and helping abused children, our handbook is currently available for ONLY $26 on our website along with other titles that help address and understand child abuse and maltreatment such as our Child Abuse Pocket Atlas series and our Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter.
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Violence has an impact that can follow individuals, either victims or witnesses, throughout their lifetime. Domestic violence is no exception and could be more hazardous because it happens behind closed doors. As illustrated in our Intimate Partner Violence textbook, this blog illustrates the impact of domestic violence from childhood exposure to adult interaction.
After a traumatic event, common with abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, the psychological outcomes can leave lasting damage. Although the experience and the individual make each response unique, there are some determinants to how some victims react to traumatic events, especially in cases of child maltreatment. Below, and outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, are some variables that affect the reactions to these events.
In the wake of experiencing child maltreatment, children and adolescents have to make their way back to normalcy in a pace that works for them. Their resiliency, among other things, aids those affected by child maltreatment, or any other form of abuse, violence, or maltreatment. Resiliency gets them to a state of being that creates a feeling of safety and security with their surroundings and with themselves. This blog post will go over what ensures positive steps forward, as outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook.Read More »
Experiencing or being exposed to a traumatic event–including abuse, violence, maltreatment, or neglect–can have the potential to cause significant psychological problems. When this is the case, which is fairly common among victims in one way or another, negative psychological sequelae can be considered internalized or externalized. As outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatmenttextbook, this post will examine the prevalence of conditions that fall within one of the two categories of psychological sequelae.Read More »
For sexual assault victims, the amount of time it takes to recover cannot be calculated. Sexual assault affects the victim in different aspects, including physically, mentally, and socially. Some aspects of a person’s character take longer to repair than others. After an assault or any other type of traumatic experience, the victim has to readjust nearly every part of who they are. To better aid victims in the recovery process, it is important to understand the trauma caused by sexual assault and how it is developed.Read More »
It is common knowledge that any act of abuse or neglect causes irreversible damage to the victim. However, effects are present even after the initial offense and has deeper impact than the immediate damage created. Here are some of those effects, both short-term and long-term.
Bill SB 206, being proposed in Utah, would serve to make changes to the release procedure of prisoners convicted of domestic violence, including forcing them to sign away rights to contact the victim upon release from prison. The bill seems to have good chances of passing, however one small change could make a huge difference in how domestic violence cases are prosecuted, and many domestic violence advocates feel it would be a step in the wrong direction.Read More »
It is estimated that nearly 3,000 children in the United States each year are affected by Uxoricide, murder of an intimate partner, because the victim, the perpetrator, or both are their parents. While the affects of uxoricide on the victim’s and/or perpetrator’s children are similar to those experienced by a child of any murdered parent, there are additional traumas experienced by the children of Uxoricide, most importantly that most cases end either in a murder/suicide or in incarceration of the guilty parent. In either of these cases the child loses both parents at once and this is especially traumatic. We have a complete chapter on Children of Uxoricide in our comprehensive guide toMental Health Issues of Child Maltreatmentincluding a section on the effective and ineffective coping mechanisms of these children.Read More »