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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (Jan. 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593856156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593856151
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Kevin Keliher on Sept. 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a child therapist for 3 decades and this book was quite inspiring. I found my use of the creative arts in my sessions greatly increased as did my effectiveness after reading Cathy Malchiodi book. What a pleasure :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Creative Book July 27 2011
By Theresa Leone Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book that details different therapies, all creative, to deal with children who have been traumatized. The original reason I had the library get me this was because one of the chapters, 'Grieving in the Public Eye,' was written by a friend and former roommate, Laura Loumeau-May. Laura is an artist and art therapist, and her chapter details how she treated specific clients, those who were the children of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. She used many creative ideas, including heart shaped collages and memorial projects, to help these kids deal with their grief and overwhelming sense of loss. Although I am a teacher, not someone in this field, I found it very interesting. Other chapters I particularly liked included one by P. Gussie Klorer, that dealt with treating children with attachment issues. One of the ideas is to have her clients create life sized dolls; one of her clients, a foster child who for a long time felt that it would be a betrayal of her biological mother to love her foster parents, used the doll to say and do the things she could not. Very interesting. Also, the chapter by Russell E. Hilliard about using music therapy with traumatized children in group therapy was fascinating, as was another chapter, by Craig Haen, about using drama therapy, something that is apparently somewhat uncommon, to treat children who have been the victims of abuse or trauma. Besides Loumeau-May's chapter, the two I enjoyed the most both dealt with literacy as a form of treatment (no doubt because I am a Language Arts teacher), one by Ann Cattanach entitled 'Working Creatively with Children and Their Families after Trauma: The Storied Life,' and another by the editor of the book, Cathy Malchiodi, and Deanne Ginns-Gruenberg, entitled 'Trauma, Loss, and Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Stories.' Very cool how they write about using literature as a form of intervention, including having their clients read specific stories, and by identifying with the characters, they gain increased understanding and insight into their own problems, and integrating ideas or themes from existing stories into their own stories, they come to better understand the issues they face. Lots of case stories and how these ideas work for their clients. If there is any criticism I have of the book, and I acknowledge I am NOT in this field so this is purely an opinion, it is with the chapter by Diane S. Safran and Elysa R. Safran, entitled 'Creative Approaches to Minimize the Traumatic Impact of Bullying Behavior.' I had issues with some of what they wrote, which seemed too pat and unrealistic, including the case study of a student who categorizes his victimization at school by bullies as being 'terrorized.' Yet after three months of drawing pictures he's all better and can handle the bullying by walking away. Either details were missing from this account or the results were skewed because if one is being truly 'terrorized' at school, which far too many students are, walking away is not usually an option. Nevertheless, an illuminating book that I would highly recommend.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive Discussion of Interventions Involving Creativity Jan. 6 2009
By Book Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am pleased with the book in that it is thorough in it's discussion of trauma and the artistic interventions that can benefit those who suffer from it. I was hoping that the book would be more of an overview of creative ideas and how to apply them, rather than a discussion of why to use interventions involving creativity. However, it is still a valuable resource.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book with wonderful interventions Dec 7 2013
By joshwooding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Loaded with great information about many different topics and issues regarding children. I would recommend it for an add on to any library.
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Helpful for working with children. June 1 2013
By Sophie Claire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like the organization of this book. The interventions seem workable with a various ages of children. I am happy with this purchase.
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Diverse Approaches to Dealing with Trauma June 26 2011
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a compilation of chapters written by various experts regarding the effects of trauma and useful interventions for resolving it. Each chapter is well-researched, providing information and insights that mental health professionals from a variety of backgrounds will be able to utilize. Highly recommend!

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