Kids Who Foster
(KWF) work with people of all ages and backgrounds through Art Therapy, using the visual arts as a medium for healing, awareness and self-development. We aim to help kids who foster and foster children to express intense emotion and explore their thoughts in a non-verbal way, using a wide range of art materials.
Our therapists work in either a group or one-to-one setting and provide a safe and secure environment.
What is Art Therapy
The overall aim of art therapy is to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. Art therapy is a three way process that focuses on the use of art materials and the relationship between the therapist and the client. Children and young people referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art. The art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the art work. Art Therapy is not dependent on spoken language and can therefore be helpful to anyone who finds it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally
How Does Art Therapy Help
Art therapy can help improve behaviour, enable children, young people and adults to express feelings and difficulties which they find hard to speak about. Using art therapy can help both emotional and behavioural problems in class and at home.
How long and how often
Art Therapist Sessions last 45 minutes (with children) and 50 minutes (with adults). These happen once a week at the same time each week. Individual therapy and group therapy can be offered but will only take place once an assessment has taken place and a contract between the child/adult is agreed. Children need to have written permission from the parent/guardian before therapy can begin.
The sessions are done in confidence but the child/adult is free to talk about what happens in the session if they so choose.
What is Needed
A self contained room, consistently available and free from interruption to ensure privacy and confidentiality
- A sink and running water
- Lockable storage space
- Art materials, a table and chairs
- Liaison time with key people, parents/carers
- Liaison time with other relevant professionals
Who are Art Therapist
Art Therapist have a Master level qualification in art therapy and the professional body is the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). Art Therapist is state registered profession and it is a legal requirement to be registered with the Health Professional Council (HPC) in order to practice anywhere in the UK as an art therapist or art psychotherapist.
Art Therapist abide by the code of conduct, principles of practice set by BAAT