picasso's garage art therapy studio

Davisville Village, Toronto, Est. 2005

providing art therapy since 2017

claire nicholls, DTATI, RP (Quality)

Professional Art Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Key aspects of this intervention aim to improve outcomes for children of divorce they include; instilling hope, correcting misinformation and misdirected blame, disengaging from conflict, and improving temperment through managing loss and depression, understanding origins of anger and establishing a safe space.

Children of Divorce

CREATE TO THRIVE DURING FAMILY DIVIDE is the resulting program from my thesis on Children of Divorce. The impact of parental divorce and the surrounding pre- and post-parental conflict contributes to a variety of issues for the children of these families. A review of the impacts of divorce on children, as well as current theories and interventions found to be effective for children who have experienced hardship, provided the framework for the rationale of the proposed program design. In an effort to improve outcomes for children of divorce, I identified several areas of focus to be addressed in an art therapy intervention. These areas of focus were selected based on research on the collective experience of children following parental divorce, current therapeutic interventions for children, resiliency-building approaches, and effective art therapy approaches, group therapy approaches, and school-based interventions. I published my thesis as opensource allowing free acces for Mental Health Professionals and peers, parents ,teachers and caregivers, visit researchgate for full text version.

excerpt from published thesis...

Summary of Findings

The collected findings from the literature review reveal that children are negatively impacted by parental divorce, showing internalized and externalized effects resulting in deficits in school performance, social interactions and personal relationships later in life. To compound these troubles, this crisis for children occurs when their primary caregivers are struggling with their own experience of adjustment related to loss of a partner, financial implications and managing changing family dynamics. Most experts in the field agree that children experience a period of adjustment lasting approximately two years and rationalize that findings inconsistent with this conclusion have resulted from the use of data that do not account for the impact of parental conflict which may commence years prior to separation (Amato, 2010; Luther, 2003). An early prevention approach for this population is desirable because resiliency research shows that many factors contribute to improved resiliency of children, which can be nurtured or taught through an emphasis on positive goals and achievement. Studies have demonstrated that support provided during this period alleviates some of the struggles experienced by children of divorce, and will also help to identify the small percentage of children who are vulnerable to experiencing long-term negative effects (Chang & Kier, 2016).

Theoretical Framework

The impact of parental divorce and the surrounding pre- and post-parental conflict contributes to a variety of issues for the children of these families. A review of the impacts of divorce on children, as well as current theories and interventions found to be effective for children who have experienced hardship, provided the framework for the rationale of the proposed program design. In an effort to improve outcomes for children of divorce, I identified several areas of focus to be addressed in an art therapy intervention. These areas of focus were selected based on research on the collective experience of children following parental divorce, current therapeutic interventions for children, resiliency-building approaches, and effective art therapy approaches, group therapy approaches, and school-based interventions. Key aspects of the intervention that aim to improve outcomes for children of divorce include instilling hope, correcting misinformation and misdirected blame, disengaging from conflict, and improving temperament through managing loss and depression, understanding origins of anger, and establishing a safe space. The proposed program is based on my interpretation of the data presented in the literature review. Jungian archetypes, Wallerstein’s six tasks, promoting resiliency, humanistic art therapy and the use of the Superhero metaphor were considered in the design of each art directive and weekly treatment focus that make up the art therapy intervention.

Wondering if Art Therapy is right for your child? Please feel free to get in touch with questions or concerns.

Claire@PicassosGarage.com