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Children Coping With Surgery Through Drawings: A Case Study From a Parenting Class

14 April 2019

This case study written by Joachim Broecher illustrates how parents can help their children cope with the fear and pain of surgery by engaging them in expressive drawing...



As part of a parenting class that utilized art therapy techniques, a father shared his 6-year-old son's spontaneous drawings that had been created directly before and after surgery. Through guidance by the author and in dialogue with others in the class, the father reflected on his son's experiences expressed in drawing and received support from other parents within an empathetic learning space.

This article by Joachim Broecher has been published online here

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Art Therapy: Journal of  the American Art Therapy Association
is published by 
Taylor & Francis