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By Anne Bannister

As a probation officer and social employee, Anne Bannister has effectively used artistic remedies with abused little ones for 25 years. Combining her sensible adventure and up to date doctoral learn she displays on how and why those treatments really paintings within the therapeutic strategy. She exhibits how in 'the house among' teenagers and their therapists, the kid and grownup can every one use their artistic talents to help developmental approaches, opposite adverse mind styles and impact confident behavioural adjustments to heal the wear brought on by serious abuse in formative years. the writer offers a realistic version known as the Regenerative method of use whilst assessing and dealing therapeutically with traumatised young ones. Her examine has implications for these operating within the box of kid's improvement and studying, and gives a big new strategy for social employees, artistic therapists and all those that paintings with traumatised young children.

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She stated that ‘there seems to be a powerful force within each individual which strives continuously for complete self realization’ (Axline 1947). She related this to the acceptance of the self, by the self, and by others. She followed the Rogerian concept of unconditional positive regard (Rogers 1951) in her therapeutic work and she demonstrated her understanding of the developmental necessity for children to play. Through working in a non-directive way with children she was able to get in touch with their ability to heal themselves.

Later in adulthood she had developed BPD and also all the symptoms of what we now know as DID. Possibly during dissociated incidents, she had physically abused five of her children, all of whom had been removed from her care. When she remembered the physical abuse by her father a check was done with her sister (a nurse), who expressed surprise that my client had ‘forgotten’ the truth of what had happened. She confirmed the physical abuse and said her sister had received broken limbs on more than one occasion.

The effects of this assault on identity are often expressed verbally by adults abused as children. ‘You don’t know who you are’ was probably the most frequent and poignant cry of adult women who had been sexually abused and had come to me for therapy during the years that I worked for the NSPCC. Many adult women who came to me and my colleagues for group therapy during the early 1980s had been diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder (BPD). 125) states: ‘Disturbances in 32 CREATIVE THERAPIES WITH TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN identity formation are also characteristics of patients with borderline and multiple personality disturbances’ (see also Waller 1994).

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