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If a picture is worth a thousand words a picture drawn by a child may be worth many times that since it expresses concepts and feelings the child may not even have words for A picture created by a child of divorced parents can provide an indication of the childs mood thoughts and feelings and can provide a therapist with valuable insight on how the child is coping with hisher new family dynamic As difficult as divorce is for adults it has the potential to be absolutely devastating for children Divorce impacts children regardless of age shattering their underlying security and throwing them into a state of limbo because from one day to the next they do not know what to expect from life or from their parents A therapist who works with children of divorced parents can enhance hisher work with children by integrating drawings into therapy known as Art Psychotherapy Art Psychotherapy is unique in that it produces a tangible product Wadeson 42 Sessions involving children and their drawings are used for diagnostic and evaluative purposes as well as for treatment enabling a therapist to address the multidimensional aspects of the childrens drawings and to understand the embedded messages Drawings can be one of the best ways to understand childrens impressions of themselves and of their family A therapist may ask children to imagine what the various elements of their drawings are thinking feeling and saying to each other Children may be asked to imagine stories about their drawings All responses induced by these questions can help bring children closer to an awareness of what they have experienced providing the therapist with a deeper insight into other aspects such as whether children think the divorce was their fault of if children have a sense of helplessness that makes them anxious angry or frightened By witnessing what a child draws and describes a therapist can help the child deal with the events of a
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