Releasing Trapped Images: Children Grapple with the Reality of the September 11 Attacks

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Releasing Trapped Images: Children Grapple with the Reality of the September 11 Attacks

Art Therapy with Children & Families of 9/11
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The attached article is a reprint of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Vol 19, Issue 3, 2002 about the experiences of art therapists working with children and families impacted by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

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Paula Howie, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Silver Spring, MD; Berre Burch, Washington, DC;

Selby Conrad, Bethesda, MD; and Shari Shambaugh, Olney, MD

Abstract: The authors were both privileged and challenged to provide art therapy groups for children and their families in the aftermath of the Pentagon attack on 9/11/01. As part of a comprehensive family support program provided by the Pentagon Family Assistance Center, the therapists provided interventions for many children whose lives were directly affected by the loss of a close family member. They endeavored to provide a holding environment and opportunities for these children to creatively experience what had occurred. This paper chronicles their participation with these children, describes their methods of working, and includes some information on the theoretical basis for the use of art in the treatment of trauma.

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Keywords: Health & Healthcare | Events, Media & Communications | Journal of the American Art Therapy Association | Report | Research | September 11th | american art therapy association

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