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Censoring Children's Images

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joym (joym)
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 16:08:58 -0400

Well, folks, here's the rub: You can censor the images that you consider
"unacceptable" and allow only the "acceptable" ones. You'll be successful
in getting compliant children who draw only what you deem appropriate. You
will then be actively conributing to the masking of their feelings &
conflicts (and maybe just some normal developmental stage stuff), expressed
through their images. You will not, however, help them be healthy. If you
can't handle allowing them the freedom to draw what is most salient (which
is what kids always draw when given the space), then do your best to refer
them to counselors or trained art therapists, or strongly encourage that
their parents take them. In all instances, document your concerns & keep or
xerox the art for a file copy.

Joy Moody, Board Certified Art Therapist/Licensed Clinical Counselor

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