Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Youth in foster care can experience trauma in many ways; as the result of being separated from their families, abuse from their families, and even abuse from their foster families. It is no wonder that, with each “new placement,” kids in foster care typically fall behind by months in school performance.
Adolescence is a tough time for everyone, but add trauma to the mix and potential psychological issues can easily compound. Fortunately, therapy, small groups, and support can help youth heal from trauma, but it is also important to consider the role of art creation in the healing process.
Here are some of the benefits of art creation that can help youth in foster care heal from trauma:
As a parent, foster parent, or influential adult in a teen’s life, your attitude and approach to art shapes how your teen thinks about art. While we all know that creating art and painting is a great way to express yourself and build confidence, if it’s not something you’ve done before, getting into art can be a daunting task.
So how do you get your teen interested in art and painting?
Here are some ideas:
Jennifer L. Jacobson is an artist and communications professional. She is the Founder of Nimbus Haus; a new volunteer art program in Seattle that helps LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care connect with art and expression. To learn more, visit www.nimbushaus.com.