ERIC Number: EJ844345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Art from the Heart: A Relational-Cultural Approach to Using Art Therapy in a Group for Urban Middle School Girls
Sassen, Georgia; Spencer, Renee; Curtin, Philip C.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v1 n2 p67-79 2005
This article describes art therapy techniques grounded in a relational-cultural approach used in a middle school group for girls. Art from the Heart is an interactive preventive intervention designed to facilitate increased connections among group members. It is intended to bring together multiethnic groups of urban girls with complex relational histories to learn about growth-fostering relationships, without relying on sophisticated verbal abilities. Specific techniques encourage the expression of "feeling thoughts" and other interpersonal dynamics that do not lend themselves well to words. The interactive nature of the art projects creates a context where interpersonal disconnections can be explored and understood, and connections can be celebrated, both by talking and by making art.
Descriptors: Females, Art Therapy, Middle School Students, Prevention, Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychotherapy, Creativity, Art Products, Group Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A