Using Bilateral Art/Drawing with Adolescents that Suffer from Trauma with Self-Regulations Issues in Residential Setting
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MA - Master of Arts
This thesis reviews how the use of art therapy intervention with adolescents that have experienced traumatic events in their lives resulting in problems of self-regulation. Due to the adolescent experiences from their childhood, these individuals did not get a chance to learn how to self-regulate their emotions, caused by maltreatment, abuse and the lack of guidance. Trauma affects a child’s development at the stage that incident happened and blocks the child from properly achieving milestones of growth. The adolescent’s self-regulation skills may have not developed due to the impact of trauma. Furthermore, the experience of being at a residential treatment center can increases the issues with self-regulation for the individuals that suffer from problems due to trauma. The use of the bilateral art/ drawing directive received a positive reaction from adolescents that reside in a residential treatment setting, while in the process of reuniting the adolescent with their families.
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fortier-o'dea, sharon, "Using Bilateral Art/Drawing with Adolescents that Suffer from Trauma with Self-Regulations Issues in Residential Setting" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 46.
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