Using the Expressive Arts with Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Trauma A Practical Guide
This guide has been written to accompany the book The Silent Selkie, a children’s story about trauma and offers gentle, creative ways for adults to work with children and young people who have faced adverse childhood experiences.
- explores the themes of the story and offers guidance to the adult as they use expressive arts to give the child or young person a way to process their emotional experiences.
- supports trusted adults around the child or young person to understand trauma, its impact and how to respond appropriately and sensitively to the child.
- provides techniques, exercises, and activities to encourage healthy creative expression and to help the child or young person to understand trauma, its impact and what can help.
Using this guide may be a first step on a young person’s journey towards healing, making this an ideal tool for adults working with children who have experienced trauma, such as SENDCos, teachers, teaching assistants and family support workers.
For effective use, this book should be purchased alongside the storybook. Both books can be purchased together as a set, Supporting Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Trauma, 978-0-367-63944-0
Part One: For The Helper, Part Two: For the Child or Young Person
"An excellent contribution and resource for those working with the troubled child. This hauntingly beautiful story will appeal to many children who have suffered from a variety of traumatic experiences. It will help them to make sense of their situation and reassure them that they are not alone in their inner pain. The accompanying guide book will provide understanding of adverse childhood experiences and offer valuable skills and ideas for the adult who wishes to work alongside such children in a creative way."
Eunice Stagg, President – Association for Sandplay Therapy. BACP Snr Accredited Counsellor, Essex, UK