Trauma & Loss: Research & Interventions:
using drawing as intervention with traumatized children

Article by Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR, LPAT, LPCC

This article is reprinted from TLC’s Journal, TRAUMA AND LOSS: Research and Interventions, Volume 1, Number 2, 2001


This article provides a basic overview of how therapists and counselors can use drawing as intervention with children who have experienced trauma or loss. Topics covered include: drawing as a mode of communication for children; why drawings facilitate verbal reports; how drawing helps the process of recovery from trauma; drawing tasks useful in trauma debriefing and resolution, and overall considerations for professionals using drawings in clinical work. An appendix on drawing materials is provided for those therapists and counselors who do not have experience with art as intervention with children.


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