CAT for ACES

  • Victorian Schools
  • 03 Jul 2017 - 01 Jan 0001

Creative Art Therapies for Adverse Childhood Experiences is a school based support program offering creative art therapy for children/adolescents who are disengaged from school due to trauma. Creat...

Description

Creative Art Therapies for Adverse Childhood Experiences is a school based support program offering creative art therapy for children/adolescents who are disengaged from school due to trauma. Creative Art Therapy supports health and recovery in trauma because it is a continual agent for transformation. Bringing this into the school system means that children/adolescents have access during school hours to work in collaboration with teachers and school counsellors for more effective support.

This provides individuals with the chance to re-author the dominant narrative of their challenges as well as a way to explore what is referred to as “post-traumatic growth.” For some, this is a way to find meaning and express the trauma in a safe and meaningful way. AC believes that the process of art making is a pathway for transforming feelings and perceptions of trauma. This creates a new sense of self. 

Benefits of facilitating posttraumatic growth are:

  • Discovering/developing strengths and abilities that weren’t apparent prior to trauma thereby encouraging confidence.
  • Feeling stronger as a person in the knowledge one can survive great difficulty and suffering.
  • Developing techniques for self-regulation.
  • Gaining a deeper insight of self and life leading to growth and development.