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ERIC Number: ED177815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Working Toward Therapeutic Goals in a Residential Treatment Center for the Mentally Handicapped.
Levinson, Marlene
An art therapist describes her work with sixty residents (6-35 years old) in a treatment center for mentally handicapped and emotionally disturbed persons. The author discusses definitions, translations, and therapeutic approaches of art therapy. Goals are listed for each approach, and the planning of art activities to meet these goals is addressed. The author then details art activities based on specific goals which apply to each approach. Descriptions of the activities include information on population, background, primary goal, secondary goals, setting, materials, assessment, and future therapeutic planning. It is explained that a selection of an approach is based on student reaction to the art materials, student involvement with the material, and student expression of feelings (verbal or nonverbal) through their art work. Goals are seen to fall into behavioral (responding and trusting, reacting and changing, learning and participating, planning and producing); developmental (perceptual motor and fine motor development); and emotional areas (building out, revealing, and integrating). (CL)
American Art Therapy Association, 428 E. Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (Query price, in Proceedings from the Art Therapy Association)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference (9th, Los Angeles, CA, October 25-29, 1978)