Creative arts interventions have proven a powerful approach to counselling, especially for younger clients. A must-read for seasoned professionals and new counsellors, this book offers an invaluable opportunity to access numerous clinically practical and theoretically sound creative arts interventions for children and adolescents.
Interventions are offered in seven areas:
Each creative intervention is simple, applicable, and practical. All can be used with boys or girls, and most are applicable to children and adolescents from diverse cultures. Most important, each intervention allows young clients to gain skills, develop insights, and suggest actions that assist them in solving problems such as handling stress, valuing themselves, and building coping mechanisms and resilience. The authors clarify the theoretical and research basis for these interventions, provide numerous helpful suggestions for employing the creative arts, and detail a total of 84 interventions for three developmental levels: elementary, middle school, and high school. In the book’s final chapter, the authors provide nine relevant case studies—three for each developmental level—with examples of creative arts interventions developed specifically for each case.
The book includes over 75 useful forms and handouts, easily photocopied from the text or printed from the CD accompanying the book. The CD also includes instrumental and vocal versions of songs for counsellors to share with clients.
Ann Vernon, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, is professor emerita, University of Northern Iowa, where she served as coordinator of the School and Mental Health Counselling programs. Dr. Vernon has published numerous books and has authored more than 30 book chapters dealing primarily with counselling children and adolescents, developmental counselling, and applications of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) with children and adolescents. In addition to her teaching and writing, Dr. Vernon presents workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and numerous other countries.
Kathryn L. Barry, MAE, worked as a professional school counsellor for 17 years. She recently retired from Aplington-Parkersburg Schools in Aplington, Iowa. Ms. Barry received both her MAE in school counselling and her BA in music education from the University of Northern Iowa. She has received advanced training in Adlerian play therapy, as well as trauma training from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and training in the Heartland Autism Model .
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