Title

School Counselors and Child Traumatic Stress: Utilizing Expressive Arts to Influence Students

Author

Loni Peterson

Date of Award

11-18-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Charlotte D'Armond Talbert

Keywords

Art; Art Therapy; Expressive Arts; Arts Education; Child Brain Development

Abstract

The study addresses the need for school counselors to be involved in elementary classrooms to assess children who have experienced trauma such as poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Research indicated that there is currently minimal awareness of applying art therapy to childhood trauma in classroom settings by counselors. Counselors should be trained in the expressive arts therapies to treat students who display distress during a lesson. Training school counselors in using the arts as a therapeutic tool through professional development opportunities and/or certifications will encourage their participation in the classroom and support each child's developmental growth. Suggestions are made for continuing education opportunities in the expressive arts to increase the school counselor's engagement toward improved student emotional and mental health.

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