Healing the Inner City Child
Release Date:01 Apr 2007

Healing the Inner City Child

Creative Arts Therapies with At-risk Youth

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Healing the Inner City Child presents a diverse collection of creative arts therapies approaches to meeting the specific mental health needs of inner city children, who are disproportionately likely to experience violence, crime and family pressures and are at risk of depression and behavioural disorders as a result.

The contributors draw on their professional experience in school and community settings to describe a wide variety of suitable therapeutic interventions, including music, play and art therapy as well as psychodrama and dance/movement approaches, that enable children to deal with experiences of trauma, loss, abuse, and other risk factors that may affect their ability to reach their full academic and personal potentials. The contributors examine current research and psychoeducational trends and build a compelling case for the use of creative arts therapies with inner city populations.

A must-read for creative arts therapists, psychologists, social workers and educators, this book offers a comprehensive overview of arts-based interventions for anyone working to improve the lives of children growing up in inner city areas.

The contributors use their professional experiences to set out a wide variety of therapeutic interventions such as art, music, drama, and dance therapy, that help children to deal with traumatic experiences and loss in their lives. This particular approach to helping inner city children is based upon the belief that such children are at particular risk of future depression and behavioural problems given their increased exposure to pollution, and instances of violence and crime. Child Right
This two-part book exposes the reader to professionals who use creative arts therapies and related modalities in working with urban youth. I highly recommend this text to art therapists who are interested in working with urban young people, or who are currently doing this rewarding and challenging work. Camilleri provides a solid foundation for understanding the complexity of this population, and the contributing authors bring a human face to an often underrepresented population. Journal of the Art Therapy Association
I believe that this book is an incredibly useful resource for those of us who work with children at risk: it certainly puts arts therapist on the map. I would recommend this book as an extremely useful resource offering sound research, clear definitions and useful examples. Sesame Institute Journal
This book is an act of love and dedication and supplies a valuable resource for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students in creative arts therapies and other related human service professions. Given the state of our world, and the plight of youth in our inner cities, it supplies hope, and indeed, makes one proud to be creative art therapist. American Dance Therapy Association
The writing style allows accessibility for a wide range of readers. There are excellent references and subject index, with good signposting for the reader who wants to dip into the book. This is worth reading for the political argument for intervention at a global level and the psychodynamic understanding of life... This should be read by Managers of Children and Young People's Directorates and managers of Social Care and Local Service teams. Also any practitioners in multi-agency teams working directly with vulnerable families and young people would appreciate the book. British Psychological Society
As one of the first educations in the fields of art, music, and dance/movement therapy, I recommend this book to educators, students, and practitioners. The case studies are moving, the implementation of the arts therapies professional and inspiring, and the personal observations insightful. This work is a wonderful testimony to the uniqueness, power, and validity of the creative arts therapies. The Arts in Psychotherapy
Vanessa A. Camilleri holds a BA in Psychology and Education from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and an MA in Music Therapy from New York University. She has run two music therapy programs in inner city charter schools in New York City and Washington DC to help children develop social skills that enable them to succeed in school and beyond. She has also supervised undergraduate and graduate level students of music therapy, published several journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at regional and national conferences.


Part One: Setting the Scene / Vanessa Camillieri

1 The Inner City

2 At-risk children

3 Challenges Faced by At-risk Children in the Inner City

4 Outcomes for At-risk children living in the Inner City

5 Moderating Factors

6 Therapy with Inner City At-risk children

Part Two: Healing the Inner City Child

7 “Hear Me Sing”: Structured Group Songwriting with Inner City, At-risk Children / Vanessa Camilleri

8 Lifesongs: Music Therapy with Adolescents in Foster Care / Diane Austin

9 “Can You Play With Me?” Dealing with Trauma, Grief and Loss through Analytical Music Therapy and Play Therapy / Juliane Kowski

10 Honoring Timothy's spirit: Mural Making to Express, Process, and Overcome Grief and Loss / Dan Summer

11 The Architecture of Self-expression: Creating Community through Art with Children on Chicago's South Side / Dorothy McGuire

12 SOHO - Space of Her Own: An Art-based Mentoring Program for Girls / Linda Odell

13 Colloboration and Creativity: Art Therapy Groups in a School Suspension Program / Ashley Dorr

14 Prevention Interventions: Art and Drama Therapy in Three Settings / Janet Long and Laura Soble

15 Emotional Repair through Action Methods: The Use of Psychodrama, Sociometry, Psychodramatic Journaling and Experiential Group Therapy with Adolescents / Tian Dayton

16 “Make Me Wanna Holler”: Dramatic Encounters with Boys from the Inner City / Craig Haen

17 “Sit Down and Be Quiet !” Dance/movement Therapy in an Inner City Elementary School After-care Program / Susan Kierr Dyer

18 Operatic Play: A Drama and Music Therapy Collaboration / Maria Hodermarska and Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff

19 Safe Expressions: A Community-based Creative Arts Therapy Program for At-risk Youth / Mark Bottos, Flossie Ierardi and Mary O'Brien

20 Rediscover, Reclaim and Rejoice: The Sesame Approach of Drama and Movement Therapy with Exploited Girls in India / Priyadarshini Senroy and Sonali Senroy

21 A Safe Distance: An Intermodal Approach to Creating a Country Retreat for City Girls who have been Abused / Julie Lacy, Reina Michaelson and Carla Van Laar

The Contributors

Subject Index

Author Index

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