FAMILY ART THERAPY

In the above scene, a family re-created the day of a car accident, where each person could recall where he/she was at the time of the accident.  In creating the scene with modeling clay, certain details were recalled that were not included in the original trauma narrative, such as the immediate help of strangers, paramedics and police that arrived on the scene before the parents could get there.  In this way, the re-telling of the narrative can now include details that could lessen the future impact of trauma from this event.

In the above scene, a family re-created the day of a car accident, where each person could recall where he/she was at the time of the accident.  In creating the scene with modeling clay, certain details were recalled that were not included in the original trauma narrative, such as the immediate help of strangers, paramedics and police that arrived on the scene before the parents could get there.  In this way, the re-telling of the narrative can now include details that could lessen the future impact of trauma from this event.

One family member's behaviors can affect the well- being of others in the household.  In these instances, engaging the family in therapy can be useful.  Participating in an art task is less threatening than verbal explanations of a problem.  It can be extremely difficult to objectively explain a situation without placing blame or shaming others in a family group. In Family Art Therapy, each person in the group has a chance to express his or her point of view, even if that person is less verbal than others in the family.  The Art Therapist acts as the guide for the family, while observing the relationships and reactivity through the microcosm of the art therapy session.  Care and sensitivity is important when working with family groups.

Family Centered Care is offered at many health facilities.  This simply means that a patient is seen as a member of a larger group and that the actions of the group affects the individual.  Thus, the entire family is considered when treating an individual, also known as a Systems approach.  Whether a family unit is involved in therapy or not is up to the individual seeking therapy and his or her therapist.  When the patient is a minor, it makes sense that a primary caregiver should be involved in some way with the therapy, since children rely on their caregivers for not only physical needs, but social, emotional and psychological needs as well.

Please contact me via email to discuss whether family art therapy may be appropriate for you.