Usage of Art Therapy for Children With Depression

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Using art therapy for children with depression can be self-directed so the therapist has a chance to watch for indicators of depression. Find out how art therapy benefits children with depression in this free video presented by a certified therapist.

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I'm Deb Shoemaker, and I'm an Art Therapist with Integrated Therapy Associates, and I would like to talk with you a little bit about art therapy in children who have depression. Usually I have talk to their parent or guardian or whoever the adult is taking care of them and so that will possibly, most likely already been identified that they have depression. If not, I will do four session and a kind of assessment and that would look like to just having them create self-directive drawing and again, I'm looking for indicators of depression which are the, the, little or just one use of color or using a pencil, light pressure on the pencil or marker, making very small images, making self symbols that are very small or incomplete for most settings; like there might be a, or just a little tiny figure for sale from maybe a dinosaur that's you turn dragon or something that's, it just feels you'll never want to win. Or, there might be lots of clouds and, and raindrops. So, we're looking for those kind of graphic indicators in the beginning to sort of assess. And then for treatment, one of the things I do with my children that I work with is talk about the metaphor of tronning a silver line behind the dark cloud and we actually cut out dark clouds and I have aluminum foil for the silver lining clouds and we work together on naming what's a dark cloud and giving it a name. And then, we work together to think, "Well, what was the good thing that came from that". And so, that's to help them just re-structure the way they, they see things; so, things aren't always that glass huffing to you, everything is dark and gloomy. So, as part of that is a practice and a skill and just learning how to, to, to look at things differently and that might be one of the, the ways I work with somewhere in art therapy even with one who has depression. Remember to always consult with a professional art therapist for more information.

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