ERIC Number: ED341911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Creative Arts Therapies in an Inner City School.
A project was undertaken to improve mental health treatment services to seriously emotionally disturbed inner city ethnic minority children. Many of these children and the majority of their parents did not speak English. As service planning began it was agreed that the developers would like to emphasize the creative arts therapies, most especially dance/movement therapy and art therapy. Since these two modalities are less culture-bound than more traditional psychotherapies and it was felt that the developers would be able to tap the unique creative expression of each child unencumbered by pressure to use English as the language of communication. The satellite treatment program began in a large elementary school with a bilingual multicultural team consisting of a clinical psychologist, social worker, two child psychiatrists, an art therapist, and a dance/movement therapist. In addition, psychology and art therapy graduate student interns assisted. Components of the program included evaluation, treatment intervention, county mental health and school personnel relationships, and creative arts therapy. (Case studies involving an 8-year-old who could not read or pay attention and a 7-year-old girl who was referred for sexually acting out behaviors and poor academics are included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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