Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma aims to increase understanding of art’s potential to enhance learning for children living in crisis. In this ground-breaking resource, the first of its kind to focus specifically on the connection between art education and psychological trauma in youth populations, readers can find resources and practical strategies for both teachers and other school-based professionals. Also included are successful models of art education for diverse populations, with specific attention to youth who face emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical challenges, as well a framework for meaningful visual arts education for at-risk/in-crisis populations.

 I. Overview of Behaviors: Who Are the Children in Crisis? Definitions and Demographics 1. Introduction and Purpose of this Book, Adrienne D. Hunter, Donalyn Heise, and Beverley H. Johns 2. Children Exposed to Trauma: Children in Crisis, Lisa Kay 3. Who Are Homeless Children? Dona Anderson and Matthew Adams 4. Abuse: Signs and Reporting Procedures: What the Art Teacher Should Know, Oriana C. Hunter, Donalyn Heise, Beverley H. Johns, and Adrienne D. Hunter 5. Behavioral Characteristics of Children Living in Crisis and the Impact on Learning, Beverley H. Johns 6. LGBTQ Trauma + Art Education, Mindi Rhoades 7. The Role of the Art Educator in Meeting the Needs of Students Who Are Victims of Human Trafficking, Beverley H. Johns and Adrienne D. Hunter 8. Alternative Educational Services for Students Who Have Experienced Psychological Trauma, Athena Petrolias, Beverley H. Johns, and Adrienne D. Hunter 9. Mental Health Issues and the Art Classroom, Steven Kelly and Darla Dawn Absher 10. Neurobiological Impact of Trauma, Carlomagno Panlilio, Elizabeth Hlavek, and Amanda Ferrara II. Art Education in Practice 11. Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom Environment, Beverley H. Johns, Donalyn Heise, and Adrienne D. Hunter 12. Routines, Relations, and Reinforcement, Kari Caddell 13. Integrating Art and Academics: A Collaborative Approach, Donalyn Heise, Adrienne D. Hunter, and Beverley H. Johns 14. Building Relationships through Art: Understanding the Potential for Art Making for Students Experiencing Psychological Trauma, Lisa Kay and Sue Loesl 15. Yellow Bricks: An Approach to Art Teaching, Lisa Kay 16. Non-Traditional Educational Settings, Center Schools, and Students with Behavioral Disorders, Joseph A. Parsons, Adrienne D. Hunter, and Donalyn Heise 17. Art and Youth Who Are Incarcerated, Adrienne D. Hunter, Beverley H. Johns, and Donalyn Heise 18. Where have we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?: A Ceramic Mural for and by Students of the Rhode Island Training School, Peter J. Geisser 19. Prison Art – A Recreational Model, AnneMarie Swanlek, Beverley H. Johns, and Adrienne D. Hunter III. Identifying Future Directions 20. Pre-Service Art Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, Juliann Dorff, Lisa Kay, Lynne Horoschak, and Donalyn Heise 21. Community Based Art Programs, Collaborative Partnerships, and Community Resources for At-Risk Students, Laura Bailey Saulle, Joseph Lagana, Robin Crawford, and Barbara Duffield 22. The Deep Joy of Teaching Art to Students Who Experience Psychological Trauma, Lynne Horoschak