Amanda's Easel Art Therapy / PALS
The Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program helps children and their non-offending parent heal from the affects of domestic violence by encouraging them to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment, through various creative arts intervention and case management services. Children often don't know how to describe the over-whelming feelings associated with the witnessing of domestic abuse. Amanda’s Easel gives them the tools so that they can begin healing.
The primary goals of the program are to help children:
- Strengthen self-esteem
- Develop new coping skills
- Gain a sense of control over concerns, doubts and fears Increase communication between parent and child
- Begin to understand the cycle of violence and how it affects their self esteem
- Help break the cycle of family violence
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
Creative Arts Therapy is practiced by therapists that are human service professionals who use arts modalities and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness. Treatment outcomes include, for example, improving communication and expression, and increasing physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social functioning. There are more than 15,000 Creative Arts Therapists practicing in the United States and around the world.
Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy
Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy is a comprehensive art therapy program for children ages 6-13, and their non-offending parent, who have been affected by domestic violence. In small, age-appropriate groups, the children and parents express themselves through the use of art media, play, music and group discussions. Groups are facilitated by registered and licensed art therapists and are held at studios in the Middletown area.
Non-offending parents attend parenting art therapy sessions, counseling and case management. This combination of art therapy for the children and parenting/counseling sessions for the parent is designed to create a support system to help both children and parents cope with the life changes precipitated by the violence and abuse.
Locations in the Middletown, Red Bank and Howell Area.
|Eligibility||Non offending parent and children age 4-14 affected by physical, emotional or verbal abuse in the household.|
Arts & Recreation
Behavioral / Mental Health
Last Updated: 03/09/18