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Friday, March 6 • 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Group Art Therapy with Juvenile Offenders

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The purpose of this research is to explore the integration of restorative justice approaches with adolescents in the juvenile justice system using a 12-week Art Therapy program. Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. (Restorative Justice Council, 2013). Restorative justice is essential in the process of understanding the impact and consequences of behavior. Recent studies (Rodriguez, 2007; Schwalbe & Gearing & MacKenzie & Brewer & Ibrahim, 2012) indicate that restorative justice approaches are effective in reducing recidivism rates and victim empathy. The goal is to integrate Art Therapy services as an integral part of treating adolescents that are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The Art Therapy program intends to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression so that the adolescent can be more engaged in the community which overall aims to prevent recidivism. Art Therapy can help to visualize concepts that may contribute to the participants’ understanding of the past behavioral experiences and deepen the meaning they derive from their crimes. It is the intention of this research to bridge the gap between using art therapy and restorative justice in the treatment of juvenile offenders and provide valuable information to the Art Therapy field. Research continues to show the effectiveness of group art therapy and has been correlated with reduced rates of depression and other symptomology, as well behavioral modification (Erickson & Young, 2010; Gussak, 2006; Gussak, 2009a; Gussak, 2009b; Meekums & Daniel, 2011; Smeijsters & eleven, 2006). Though researchers have spent time investigating the effectiveness of art therapy with criminal populations, a deficit in research was found that incorporated art therapy, restorative justice, and early interventions with juveniles offenders.


Friday March 6, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Redwood