ERIC Number: EJ900499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Reference Count: 23
Group Art Therapy with Incarcerated Women
Erickson, Bonnie J.; Young, Mark E.
Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, v31 n1 p38-51 Oct 2010
Art therapy is often thought of as an adjunct to counseling; however, because of its unique ability to bypass defenses, in some situations, art therapy may be a treatment of choice to allow clients to discover and express feelings that are often difficult to express verbally. Using art as therapy does not require that the therapist or the client be an artist because the finished products are not evaluated for their artistic merit. Rather, the focus is on a discussion of the "process" of creating and on the "feelings" that arise while working on the exercise. When used in this way, group art therapy is a way of stimulating introspection, building self-esteem and self-awareness, and allowing insights to come to the surface. This article begins with a literature review, discussing potential benefits in stimulating creativity and the use of art therapy groups with incarcerated populations. Next, it discusses the special needs of incarcerated women when using group art treatments. Finally, it describes the New Beginnings program, a residential substance abuse program for incarcerated women that includes group art therapy as a major component. Procedures, techniques, and a case study are provided.
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Females, Group Therapy, Art Therapy, Self Esteem, Metacognition, Creativity, Program Descriptions, Residential Programs, Case Studies, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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