Education Division Scholarship

Use of Art and Mindfulness with Child Abuse Survivors

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Conference Proceeding

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Child abuse takes many forms including but not limited to physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect. Effects of child abuse include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, eating disorder, conduct disorder, suicidality. Children from marginalized communities face additional risks for both abuse and inadequate services. Two approaches to serving child abuse survivors, particularly survivors of complex trauma, are visual art and mindfulness. Art and mindfulness provide pathways to increased self-awareness, better communication, improved affect regulation, and decreased distress. This workshop will provide an overview of the use of visual art and mindfulness with children and adolescents, with special attention to those from marginalized communities. Specific interventions will be described and implemented with attendee participation. Gaps in the literature will be explored as well as solutions for potential challenges in application.