Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma aims to increase understanding of art’s potential to enhance learning for children living in crisis. In this ground-breaking resource, the first of its kind to focus specifically on the connection between art education and psychological trauma in youth populations, readers can find resources and practical strategies for both teachers and other school-based professionals. Also included are successful models of art education for diverse populations, with specific attention to youth who face emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical challenges, as well a framework for meaningful visual arts education for at-risk/in-crisis populations.
"Marking art is a powerful and effective strategy for working with children experiencing trauma. Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma: A Guide for Art Educators and School-Based Professionals, impressive in the breadth of topics covered by experienced professionals, is the desk reference for educators in the field and an authoritative text for students preparing to work with children in school- and community-based settings."
—Doug Blandy, PhD, senior vice provost of academic affairs and former program director of the Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon
"Art educators have been waiting for this book! Hunter, Heise, and Johns focus their extensive experience on the growing numbers of in-crisis students in classrooms and community programs. Trauma can leave a range of emotional, physical, and learning problems. Their comprehensive book includes guidelines for recognizing children in trauma, behavioral strategies, and art lessons. They demonstrate art classrooms’ healing potential to be a safe and supportive environment where students can find acceptance and positive recognition."
—Beverly Levett Gerber, EdD, professor emerita of special education at Connecticut State University