The Use Of Creative Art For A Social Work Setting With Clients With The Skills And Tools Necessary Properly

4769 Words Aug 2nd, 2015 20 Pages
Paul Roberts

UNIV 4995

August 2, 2015

Research Problem Description

Social workers strive to empower their clients with the skills and tools necessary properly process and utilize the environment around them. However, instances occur when effective communication on behalf of the client is not possible. In this type of situation, the use adaption of art therapy in a social work setting with clients who have limited verbalization skills and lack the ability to adequately express their emotions due to a disability or traumatic event will become necessary. A lack of effective communication is often observed in clients suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also know as PTSD. The effects of this disorder can be seen in clients of all age categories and can be the result of long term abuse or exposure to traumatic events. These clients may find it difficult to verbally express their emotions. The use of creative art can be utilized by the social worker in order to allow the client an opportunity to effectively express their emotions when other styles of verbal communications are not possible.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Shortly following the events of the Vietnam War, the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was added to the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders refereed to as the DSM. PTSD is a condition that can manifest in most any person that has been a participant to or witness of a traumatic…
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