ERIC Number: EJ1022519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Therapeutic Doll Making in Art Psychotherapy for Complex Trauma
Stace, Sonia M.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v31 n1 p12-20 2014
Therapeutic doll making can hold diverse functions for clients in therapy, particularly for those clients who are working through complex trauma histories. Recent literature pertaining to the treatment of complex trauma suggests that talking treatments have their limits; supplementary therapeutic approaches that focus on sensory, physical, somatic, and body-oriented processes may be necessary. These include art therapy and various expressive modalities such as doll making. This article describes a series of six dolls created by a woman diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from child sexual abuse and family violence. The case illustrates significant therapeutic benefits of doll making in healing from complex trauma.
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, Toys, Creative Activities, Trauma, Females, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Family Violence, Outcomes of Treatment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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