“Art with Heart’s Draw it Out is a beautifully created resource offering children support for their loss. As children process their feelings, this art-focused tool provides unique and engaging opportunities to discover hope and healing. Draw it Out empowers people with all levels of expertise help kids and families through challenging life circumstances.” ~ Lisa Willis, Moyer Foundation/Camp Erin
“This little book, accessible and friendly, provides a necessary avenue of expression for children whose lives have been forever changed by loss. With just enough structure to focus children upon their experience, it provides great latitude for individual interpretation and articulation. Every grieving child can benefit from this book.” ~ Tom Freeman, MA LMFT, Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
“Draw It Out is a welcome resource that fills a hole in middle & high-school appropriate resources for young people coping with loss, unwelcome change, and trying to find their feet in the ever-shifting landscape of life.” ~ Jade Bock, Executive Director, The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
4/14/2015 – What other topics does the book include?
Response From Art with Heart: Draw It Out features 31 activities and prompts that also help children acknowledge their feelings of loss, build an emotional vocabulary, identify their support systems anticipate the future, decrease feelings of isolation, and more. It helps lead them in a developmentally appropriate way towards social and emotional wellness.
4/14/2015 – What inspired Art with Heart to make this book?
Response From Art with Heart: In 2011, a mass shooting in Tucson, AZ killed a 9-year old girl. Art with Heart quickly produced a custom therapeutic workbook to help her classmates deal with the loss. The next year, a Seattle-area tragedy killed a 10-year old boy and we were invited into the classroom to help his classmates work through their grief. We revamped the workbook used in Tucson for this new audience. We then realized that, tragically, the need for a therapeutic resource like Draw It Out was growing. So we gathered an Advisory Board of experts and began the process of evaluating and translating evidence-based practices into therapeutic creative activities that could be used in various settings.
4/14/2015 – How can a book help kids through their feelings of grief?
Response From Art with Heart: Children mourn in many ways and often don't have the words to articulate confusing feelings about the loss. Creative activities are a natural way for kids to express the inexpressible, explore complex feelings, and begin emotional recovery.
4/14/2015 – What makes this book therapeutic?
Response From Art with Heart: Draw It Out features a combination of writing and art prompts to support youth as they develop understanding of themselves and their emotions. The content is based on a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and art therapy. But the therapies are not readily apparent to the children because of the engaging artwork contained in the book.
4/14/2015 – What is the best way to use Draw it Out?
Response From Art with Heart: The activities and prompts are based on strength-building activities, so it can safely be given to a child to use individually. But because this book contains useful therapies, using it within a therapeutic setting allows the greatest healing, learning, and engagement. The book is used by school counselors in one-on-one sessions or in groups. It is also used by bereavement specialists at centers and grief camps, as well as in hospice settings.
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