Laura Dessauer – Art Therapy: 77 Creative Interventions for Challenging Children who Shut Down, Meltdown, or Act Out

Laura Dessauer – Art Therapy: 77 Creative Interventions for Challenging Children who Shut Down, Meltdown, or Act Out

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Laura Dessauer
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 17, 2018



  • Which clients benefit from art therapy?
  • Ethical implications and limitations of using art therapy in your practice
  • Creating products vs creative process
  • Go with the flow

Clinical Application of Art Therapy

  • What materials to use and when
  • Normative development in art making and developmental stages
  • Indicators in the artwork that suggest a child needs more support
  • Seeing it differently (client perspective)
  • Art talk, they made it now what?


  • Build Relationships & Connection
    • For ASD, Trauma & ODD
      • Quality world
      • Magical thinking
      • About me collage
      • Play building
      • Collaborative drawings
      • Group activities
      • Family art making
  • Build Safety
    • For Trauma, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
      • Containers, containers, containers….boxes, circles, worry and calm down jars
      • Create a safe place
      • Color it in
      • Special person
      • A gift
      • Erasers
      • Hurt heart
      • Animal family & other family art activities
      • Trauma feelings
      • Coming and going
      • 3 wishes
  • Build Self-Esteem
    • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
      • Inside out
      • Mask making
      • Strong person
      • Power animals
      • Tree drawings
      • Yeahs & yucks
      • Self portraits
      • Beading, knitting, weaving, sewing, rainbow loom
  • Increase Responsibility
    • For ADHD, Trauma, ASD, ODD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
      • Miracle question
      • Create the problem
      • The science experiment
      • A really bad day
      • An ideal day
      • Feeling faces
      • Bridges
  • Cartooning problems & solutions
  • Increase Control
    • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
      • Change the channel
      • Chill out boxes
      • Brain dump
      • Blow it out
      • Spray it away
      • On the other hand
      • Feelings volcano
      • Sensory play: finger painting, paper folding, dripping, goop & more
      • Mindful mandalas
      • Scribble scrabble
      • Imaginary problem solver
      • Road drawing


Laura Dessauer, Ed.D., ATR-BC Related seminars and products: 2

Laura Dessauer, Ed.D, ATR-BC is a board certified art therapist with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology working with families for 25+ years in over 21 school districts. Dr. Dessauer’s work has been included in Parent’s Magazine, eHow Parenting, YourTango, FoxNews, PBS “This Emotional Life”, Lifetime Network, Working Mother, and Psychology Today. Dr. Dessauer is contributing author of “Healing with Art and Soul: Engaging One’s Self Through Art Modalities” (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). She has presented at the Eighteenth Annual National Expressive Therapy Conference, National American Art Therapy Association 40th Anniversary Conference, and American Art Therapy Association Institute for Creative Education in Art Therapy (ICE/AT), and has created international online training courses for therapists.

Dr. Dessauer is passionate about helping families develop creative ways to confidently communicate and creatively connect. In her private practice she specializes in working with children who shutdown, meltdown and act out. She playfully blends cognitive behavioral skills, art-making, and creative problem solving to help clients create individualized social, emotional, and behaviors interventions that “stick to their brain”. She has created a relaxation CD, “The Creativity Queen’s Superfabulicious Self-Soothing CD”, and therapeutic coloring book, “The Creativity Queen’s Superfabulicious Colorific Adventure Book” for her clients. Her business, the Creativity Queen, LLC, was the winner of the 2007 Small Business of the Year Award (SCORE).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: She receives a royalty from the American Art Therapy Association’s Institute for Continuing Education (ICE/ AT) for the online course, “Tools of the Trade: Creating a Successful Art Therapy Business.

Non-Financial: Laura Dessauer is a member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Florida Art Therapy Association.


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