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Expressive Arts Interventions for School Counselors
Degges-White, Suzanne, PhD, LMHC, LCAC, LPC, NCC, and Bonnie R. Colon MS, LMHC, NCC, NCSC (Eds)
Springer Publishing Company / Softcover / 2014-12-01 / 0826129978
Expressive Arts Therapies / School-Oriented
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240 pages
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Presents 100+ interventions using creative and expressive arts counseling techniques in school settings

Expressive arts therapies are a rich resource for use with children and adolescents, who are often unresponsive to traditional talk therapy, and highly useful to school counselors who must overcome cultural, language, and ability barriers that are increasingly present in diverse and multicultural school settings. This is the first book written specifically for school counselors about using creative and expressive arts counseling techniques in school settings. It presents over 100 interventions using art, drama, music, writing, dance, and movement that school counselors can easily incorporate into their practices with individual students, groups, and in classroom settings. These creative interventions, based on the ASCA National Model framework, support the key student domains of academic, career, and personal/social development. The text also meets the important demand for accountability in school counseling by providing guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of each intervention.

Addressing such issues as emotional expression, social skills development, managing anger/aggression, developing self-esteem, working well with diverse peers, career exploration, and academic skill development, the book is organized by specific types of expressive arts therapies and how they can be used to support different domains in the ASCA model. Each intervention outlines the presenting concerns for which it is most useful, appropriate grade levels, required materials, preparation needed, step-by-step instructions, modifications for special needs students, and an outcome assessment plan. A handy quick reference chart helps readers to quickly locate appropriate interventions for specific concerns. Ideal for the school counselor, social worker, or psychologist who may not have specific training in arts therapies, this book can also help trained arts therapists who will be working in a school setting to select appropriate interventions.Key Features:

• Presents over 100 creative and expressive arts interventions that can be easily incorporated into school counseling practice
• Addresses all relevant ASCA National Model domains (Academic, Career, and Personal/Social)
• Provides easy-to-follow preparation and delivery directions and outcome evaluation methods for each intervention
• Includes modifications for special needs populations
• Offers a handy quick reference chart matching interventions to appropriate concerns



1 Introduction to the Expressive Arts


2 Visual Arts Interventions in the Academic Domain

Creating a Vision (Board) with your Students

Four Directions

Imaginative Mind Mapping

Totem Activity

3 Interventions for the Career Domain

Career Cards

Envisioning Your Future

Heroes: Identity and Adaptability in the World of Work

I'm the School Counselor. What do I do?

My Family's Careers: Using Play Genograms to Explore Careers

Promoting Career Aspiration through Movie Characters

Trying a STEM Hat on for Size

The Wheel of Work

Your True North: The Life You Learn From and the Life You Live

4 Interventions for the Personal/Social Domain

Anger Switch

Creative Expressions of Healing

Culture Shock

Decreasing Mental Illness Stigma with Visual Art and Writing

Doodle Art - Just for Fun?

Erase and Replace

Expressions on the Spectrum

Feeling Frustrated and Sad

Freeze Frame

Friends and Family

Group Puzzle Drawing

I am Thankful For .

I Have "Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth"

If Animals Went to School - Making Connections

Mandalas and Mindfulness: Identifying the Real Me

Memory Making

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The Myth of the Phoenix

Our Multicultural Stars and Selves

Progressive Paintings


Recycled Reflections: A Visual Journal Project

Reflecting in Color

The Remembrance Tree

Self-Discovery through Nature

Self-Expression: Letting Your Worries Go

Soundtrack to Your Life

The Stars in Your World

Success, Stones, & Solutions

Tee-Shirt Art as an Expressive Therapeutic Intervention in Schools

The Weight that I Carry

What Monsters are Hiding in Your Closet?

What's in Your Locker?

Section III: music

5 Interventions for the Academic Domain

Lyrics and My Life

6 Interventions for the Career Domain

Retirement Celebration DJ Playlist

7 Interventions for the Personal/Social Domain

Connecting Students to the Civil Rights Movement through Music

Feelings Song about Managing Anger

Multi-Media Timeline Life Map

The Music of My Life

Musical Questions

Stress is Played Out: Using Music to De-Stress

Section IV: MOVEMENT and dance

8 Interventions for the Academic Domain

Cake Walk Hip Hop: Dance Your Way to Academic Success

9 Interventions for the Career Domain

Overcoming Obstacles: Navigating the Road to Career Success

10 Interventions for the Personal/Social Domain

Balloon Walk

The Banana Split

Being Atlas: Carrying the Weight of the World

Elvis Blindfold Maze

Emotional Obstacle Course

Exercising our Bodies and Brains

Give Me a Hand!

Just Dance!

Mindful Movements

Office Basketball: Talk and Play

Pop Goes the Feeling

Scrambled Feelings

Stepping Stones

Shaking Medicine: A Group Intervention for At-Risk Youth

About the Editors:

Suzanne Degges-White, PhD, LMHC, LCAC, LPC, NCC, is Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI. She is also a licensed counselor in private practice serving children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Degges-White's research interests include development over the lifespan, gender issues in counseling, and the use of creative and innovative techniques in counseling. She has been the recipient of multiple grants and research awards for her work. Dr. Degges-White has published numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as having co-edited the books Integrating the Expressive Arts into Counseling Practice (Springer Publishing, 2010), Counseling Boys and Young Men (Springer Publishing, 2012), and College Student Mental Health Counseling (Springer Publishing, 2013). She co-authored Friends Forever: How Girls and Women Forge Lasting Relationships (2010). She is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling and Development and AdultSpan. Dr. Degges-White is the President-Elect (for 2013-1024) of the Association of Adult Development and Aging division of the American Counseling Association.

Bonnie R. Colon, MS, LMHC, NCC, NCSC, is Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling and Development, Department of Graduate Studies in Education, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN. She is also a licensed mental health counselor and holds licensure/certification as a school counselor in Indiana and Illinois. Ms. Colon has over 15 years of experience as school counselor, working primarily with students at the high school level. She is currently the Government Relations Legislative Chair-Subcommittee Public Relations Chair, Indiana School Counselor Association and has presented at both local and national conferences on school counseling. She is the co-editor of Counseling Boys and Young Men (Springer Publishing, 2012).

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