“I wonder if anyone who was responsible for this story realizes that many of these drawings contain aspects that may indicate the child has been sexually abused. I have been involved in expert testimony on cases involving drawings that have "inappropriate content." While we cannot say from a single drawing that there has been abuse or inappropriate physical contact, this set of drawings raises the question of what is being promoted through this story, as humorous as it may seem. In reality, there could be something to be concerned about in terms of the welfare of these children in at least a few of these art expressions.”
thursdaychild on Jan 31, 2013 at 18:07:07
“I love people who label themselves "experts". This is an lol moment. One of the drawings appears to say "My Dad is the best cock ever," but really says, "My Dad is the best COOK ever." The child coloring the heart in the graffiti that says "I love Satan (other name for Obama?) is obviously a posed photo. In the one that says "We "heart" you," the child was obviously trying to draw a flower, not a penis. The cerebral cortex is not fully developed until a child is about 4 years old. The surface area has not yet completely grown and created the folds it will eventually have. Ms. Malchiodi is the sort of "expert" who sees blood in roses, sees the Grand Canyon as a giant vagina and Washington Monument as a gargantuan male rooster. These are children, trying their best to make greeting cards. The only one to be concerned about is the little girl who says her mommy drinks too much wine.”
Your post reminded me how my Baby Boomer art therapy colleagues in academia have proclaimed that social media is not part of their terrain. Some say to me, "I don't understand LinkedIn and Twitter and I cannot figure out how to use Facebook." Yet they are mentoring Millennials and soon Digital Natives. How can one teach or mentor those whose world views [culture] one does not perceive or understand?
You and I know how difficult and often time-consuming it is to keep up with social media. But there are benefits to those we seek to teach or mentor in higher education when we observe and interact within the digital realm. I believe we also can better perceive the pulse of a larger terrain and perhaps develop more relevant material for the classroom and adapt degree programs to current needs. We certainly learn more about how students approach learning and interaction with others. Yes, it is a little disruptive to engage in this way, both personally and professionally, but I think it is part of the larger "disruptive innovation" that is necessary to move forward.”
Jun 6, 2012 at 08:41:56
“And you missed the entire body of literature on art therapy, creative arts therapies and expressive arts therapies? And the emerging evidence-based research to support the use of the arts in mental health? Just wondering how all that information fits into to your perspective.
“Yes, but not "art therapy"...this is art in healthcare and very inspiring. Huff Post, you need to get your terminology correct.”
lovetocycle on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:37:18
“Cathy, yes this is very inspiring. Related to your comment however: In many states, the term Art Therapy is not regulated under any laws. While there is a licensing board now for Art Therapists, most people, and yes even reporters, don't know about this effort to categorize Art Therapy as a profession. I am guessing you are technically an Art Therapist. Why don't you write an article for the Post that explains this new and exciting profession that is gaining wide-spread momentum. Also, please don't be so sensitive about the terminology. All art is therapy.”