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Art Therapy Practices for Resilient Youth
A Strengths-Based Approach to At-Promise Children and Adolescents

ISBN 9781138293519
Published December 17, 2019 by Routledge
548 Pages 148 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Art Therapy Practices for Resilient Youth highlights the paradigm shift to treating children and adolescents as "at-promise" rather than "at-risk." By utilizing a strength-based model that moves in opposition to pathology, this volume presents a client-allied modality wherein youth are given the opportunity to express emotions that can be difficult to convey using words. Working internationally with diverse groups of young people grappling with various forms of trauma, 30 contributing therapists share their processes, informed by current understandings of neurobiology, attachment theory, and developmental psychology. In addition to guiding principles and real-world examples, also included are practical directives, strategies, and applications. Together, this compilation highlights the promise of healing through the creative arts in the face of oppression.

Table of Contents


Ikuko Acosta, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC

Chapter 1. Introduction

Marygrace Berberian ATR-BC, LCAT, LCSW and Benjamin Davis ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 2. Creative Problem Solving in Art Therapy: An Overview of Benefits to Promote Resilience

Marygrace Berberian ATR-BC, LCAT, LCSW

Chapter 3. Art as Communication for Young People

Ashley Claire Wood, ATR-BC, CIMI

Disruptions in Early Individual Development

Chapter 4. "My Passed!!!": A Case Study in the Efficacy of Art Therapy with Adolescents with Complex Trauma and Attachment Disruptions

Maria K. Walker, MFA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 5. Promoting Resilience through Attachment in Art Therapy Practices for Early Intervention

Kimberly Bush, ATR-BC, LCAT, LP

Chapter 6. The Mind, the Body, and the Creative Process: Embodied Representations in Art Therapy

Elsa Pelier, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 7. Building a Therapeutic Relationship with Children who have Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Tami Herzog Rodriguez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 8. On Becoming Whole: Paul’s Journey through Heart Transplant

Sarah Yazdian Rubin, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS and Lauren Dana Smith, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS

Chapter 9. Strength-Based Art Therapy with Adolescent Psychiatric Patients

Christopher Major, DAT, LCAT, ATR-BC

Chapter 10. DASH©- Draw a SuperHero: The Role and Significance of the Superhero in the Art of Children with Trauma

Christina A. Grosso, LCAT, ATR-BC, BCETS

Chapter 11. Finding Safe Places in "Jars": Stamping Containers in Substance Use Treatment Rawan Bajsair, MA

Chapter 12. From Black & White to Color: Staying in the Metaphor alongside Male Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors

Lucía Cristina Hernández, ATR-BC, LCAT

Disruptions in Family Systems

Chapter 13. Cultivating Resilience through Creative Altruism with Institutionalized Youth in Foster Care

Mia de Bethune, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT and Kelley Linhardt, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 14. Effects of Art Therapy on Identity and Self-Esteem in Adolescents in the Foster Care System

Chelsey Gutierrez, MAAT

Chapter 15. ARTogether: Putting Community at the Center of Family Visits

Sarah Pousty LCAT, ATR-BC

Chapter 16. Drawing to Disclose: Empowering Child Victims and Witnesses in Investigative Interviews

Marcia Cohen Liebman, PhD, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC

Chapter 17. Resilience of Youth Overcoming Divorce-related Stressors

Robyn Spodek Schindler LCAT, LPC, ATR-BC, NCC

Consequences of Global and Systemic Stress and Inequalities

Chapter 18. Conflict & Displacement: Finding the Space for Creativity

Annie G. Bonz, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC, Sofia del Carmen Casas, LCAT, ATR-BC, and Asli Arslanbek, MA, ATR-P

Chapter 19. Neither Here nor There: Art Therapy with Unaccompanied Adolescents Seeking Asylum in the US

Patricia Landinez, MA

Chapter 20. Making Artistic Noise: Amplifying the Voices of Court-Involved Youth

Yasmine Awais, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC and Lauren Adelman, MA

Chapter 21. Fighting Isolation and Celebrating Gender Diversity: Art Therapy with Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth

Benjamin Davis, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 22. School-Based Art Therapy: Filling the Void

Marygrace Berberian ATR-BC, LCAT, LCSW

Chapter 23. A Journey of Hope: Art Therapy with an Unaccompanied Minor

Eileen P. McGann, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 24. Art Therapy with Bereaved Youth

Maria Kondratiev Sossi, ATR-BC, LCAT

Chapter 25. Learning from Mistakes in Adolescent Art Therapy

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, LCPAT, Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP, and Nicole Brandstrup MA, ATR-BC

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Marygrace Berberian is a clinical assistant professor at New York University. Ms. Berberian has invested her 25 year career establishing community-based art therapy initiatives for children and families at-promise.

Benjamin Davis is a psychotherapist, educator, and consultant in New York City, focusing on non-pathologizing treatment models for LGBTQ individuals across the lifespan.


"True to its title, this book offers a rare opportunity to absorb multiple strategies that are strength-based and positive. Each chapter includes one or more case studies to illustrate how art therapy was particularly helpful in navigating the complex issues children face, and how through art the child can find the curative path through the most adverse situations. Students and professionals alike will find inspiration in the cases presented and may start identifying their own clients as being at-promise."

Gussie Klorer, PhD, ATR-BC, LCSW, LCPC, HLM; professor emeritus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"This refreshing book contains many examples of how an optimistic stance can strengthen youngsters’ innate resiliency, reinforcing the necessity of conducting our work with a belief in the artist that is completely sincere. There is considerable evidence of the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy, especially the effectiveness of positive expectations. I thank the editors for this timely reminder of how perceiving young people’s creative capacities is at the heart of helping them to find and to articulate their own special artistry."

Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, author of Child Art Therapy, The Art of Art Therapy, Artful Therapy, Approaches to Art Therapy and Introduction to Art Therapy; past president and honorary life member of the American Art Therapy Association  

"Recognizing that youth are now the largest population in history, the chapters in this impressive volume include theory and neurobiological explanations as well as diverse current examples of developmentally sensitive, socially aware, and inclusive approaches to art therapy. The authors have edited an unprecedented and much-needed contemporary volume addressing the creative potential and promise of youth who have experienced adversity such as trauma, illness, physical challenges, substance abuse, and problematic sexual behaviors."

Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC;  professor, Drexel University; president-elect, American Art Therapy Association