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Art Therapy Card Deck for Children and Adolescents

50 Therapeutic Interventions for Challenging Clients Who Shut Down, Melt Down, or Act Out

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Laura Dessauer, Ed.D., ATR-BC
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Jul 11, 2023
PESI Publishing
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The Art Therapy Card Deck for Children and Adolescents features 50 creative, hands-on interventions to help kids work through difficult emotions, develop a growth mindset, and strengthen their communication skills so they can reach their goals.

Each card features directions, a list of materials, a sample picture of a finished creation, and questions for discovery and discussion. The cards were designed to assist children and adolescents who have:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Mood disorders
  • ODD
  • Autism
  • ADHD

When words alone aren’t enough, these activities will help your young clients explore mastery, self-concept, and self-worth through art.



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Laura Dessauer, Ed.D., ATR-BC, is a board-certified art therapist with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology working with families for 30+ 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", 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: Dr. Laura Dessauer is the founder of The Creativity Queen, LLC and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Dessauer receives a speaking honorarium and book royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laura Dessauer has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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