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Video Resources on the application of Creative Arts Therapies with Traumatised/Refugee & Asylum Seeking Children

This page provides links to video presentations on trauma screening, assessment and the use of creative arts therapies including art, dance, drama, play, and music, therapies with traumatised children including refugee and asylum seeking children.

These links allow free access to video presentations by practitioners in the field offering their expert views, theories, evidence- based practice and practice-based evidence on the application of various creative art therapies with their traumatised children some of whom are from refugee and asylum seeking population.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to creative arts Practitioners and experts whose work has been cited below, enriching our portal and practice of professionals working with refugee and asylum seeking children.

The video resources below   have been researched and compiled by Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist.

 The resources have been grouped into a number of categories to facilitate ease of access.  Please use the links below to view the video presentations.

Conducting a Quick Screen for Trauma - Parent Interview

Portico Network , camh

Published on Mar 15, 2017

Conducting a Quick Screen for Trauma - Child Interview

Portico Network , camh

Published on Mar 15, 2017

Through a series of short video presentations Art Therapist and Occupational Therapist Caroline Essame, a former adult Psychiatrist, talks about the importance of using drama, music and visual art for creative development in children and adults. In part 3 of her presentation she gives an insight into the use of play and creativity through art to help children deal with trauma.

Creative Play for Kids Part 1 - Art and Drama Therapy for Children


Published on Mar 28, 2010

Creative Play for Kids Part 2 - Art and Drama Therapy for Children - Child's Play Through Symbols


Published on Mar 29, 2010

Creative Play for Kids Part 3 - Art and Drama Therapy for Children - Coping with Trauma


Published on Mar 30, 2010

Messy play - Children's creative development through mess making Part 4


Published on Feb 15, 2010

Kids Craft and Play Box - Art and Drama Therapy for Children Part 5


Published on Feb 28, 2010

Art Therapy and Childhood Trauma

The American Art Therapy Association

Published on May 17, 2018

This video was created for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2018 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Event, themed "Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma."

Creative Arts Therapy with Children

Linda Devonshire Create Art 4 Therapy

Published on Sep 3, 2015

Art Therapy with Syrian Refugee Children- CNN interview

Kaynouna's Art Therapy Centre founder Shireen Yaish talks about of the impact of the Syrian tragedy on its children and future generations. Art Therapy in the Arab World.

Kaynouna Art Therapy Center كينونة

Published on Apr 6, 2017

Art Therapy for Refugee Children

Maro Kouri

Published on Jan 20, 2017

Art therapy sessions with refugee children at three refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece provided by ART Angels Relief Team.

An Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy

American Dance Therapy Association

Published on Jul 25, 2016

Nana Kochs a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and award-winning educator introduces the viewer to the profession of dance/movement therapy, its history, and describes an approach to group work. Currently, Nana is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science at Long Island University-Post

Anger Management in School: A Dance/Movement Therapy Moment

American Dance Therapy Association

Published on Mar 26, 2018

Rena Kornblum, is a Board- Certified Dance/Movement Therapist with over thirty years of experience in the field. She developed the children and family program at Hancock Centre for Dance/Movement Therapy, where she provides therapy sessions for children dealing with physical and sexual abuse or other trauma.

The Journey of a Resettled Refugee: A Dance/Movement Therapy Moment

American Dance Therapy Association

Published on Mar 26, 2018

Ashley Fargnoli a Board- Certified Dance/Movement Therapist describes her clinical work with a recently resettled refugee and his journey of finding belonging and direction in a new society while coping with chronic mental illness.

Embodying Empathy: Dance/Movement Therapy after Unthinkable Trauma

American Dance Therapy Association

Published on May 3, 2014

David Alan Harris, an award-winning Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who specialises in fostering resilience and recovery among survivors of human rights abuse, and war, talks about working with a group of former child combatants in post-conflict Sierra Leone.

Helping Refugees Heal Through Dance

Great Big Story

Published on Jul 19, 2017

It's hard to capture in words the trauma that the children at the Khanke Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq have experienced, but by using dance as a therapy tool, Lydia Mathis the Belhaven University dance student is doing what she can to try to make a small difference in their lives

Children of War: A Video for Educators


Published on Jul 22, 2017

Five adolescent refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, El Salvador, Sierra Leone, and Somalia tell their stories of war, traumatic loss, and relocation to the United States in the play Children of War, written by playwright Ping Chong, and produced in collaboration with the Centre for Multicultural Human Services Company, the play links these youths' separate accounts into a moving and inspiring theatrical ensemble piece.

Standing Tall Documentary - PS3 Drama Therapy - February 2002


Published on Mar 10, 2013

The video is from the perspective of a classroom teacher, who with the help of Robert Landy, Professor of Drama Therapy transforms the young students' experiences of witnessing a traumatic event into a theatrical performance. It explores the ways that drama can help children learn how to transform a frightening, chaotic experience into one of clarity and hope - how to express the inexpressible in a safe and symbolic form and, in so doing, to feel more balanced and in control.

What is Drama Therapy - Interview with Jacki Short and Natalie Mackenzie

Sydney Centre for Creative Change

Published on May 7, 2018

Natalie Mackenzie, registered Drama Therapist shares her insights and practical examples of using drama therapy for counselling children and young people.

How Theatre Helps these Syrian Refugees Manage the Trauma of War

PBS NewsHour

Published on Mar 27, 2019

How does one manage the trauma of war? In Glasgow, Scotland, a therapeutic drama program is staging an ancient play about the Trojan War by Euripides in an attempt to help a group of Syrian refugees who has been through years of fighting, reckon with their past, and improve their futures. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

Music and Trauma, Nigel Osborne - (Part 1- 3)

The Musical Brain

Published on Jul 24, 2013

British composer, teacher and aid worker, Emeritus Professor Nigel Osborne MBE, talks about his experience of working with traumatised children using music therapy techniques during the Bosnian war in early 1990s and the impact of music therapy on these children, at the Musical Brain 2013 Conference.

Music Therapy with Refugees and asylum seekers

Zainab Lax

Published on Apr 26, 2017

Zainab Lax interviews Jaap Orth who conducted a research applying music therapy with traumatised refugees in a clinical setting.

Music Therapy with Refugee Girls in San Diego

Worldwide Musicians United

Published on Dec 20, 2018

A group of refugee girls at the Girls Academy at the IRC San Diego write and perform music with the help of their music therapist.

Trauma and Music Therapy: Let the Healing Begin

TEDx Talks

Published on Jan 4, 2017

Working with the Snohomish County Music Project gives Karla Hawley a Certified Music Therapist her unique perspective on the application of music to help individuals, families and groups suffering from trauma and find peace. In this video presentation Karla shares how a nostalgic piece of music helped her address and overcome the pain of childhood abuse.

Child-Centred Play Therapy DVD Preview


Published on May 16, 2012

This DVD shows the pioneer of play therapy Garry Landreth conducting a complete and unrehearsed Child Centred Play Therapy session with a young girl in a fully equipped play therapy room. Landreth provides audio commentary throughout to highlight key moments in the session and emphasise the basic principles of the child centred approach.

Play Therapy Works!

Association for Play Therapy , United States

Published on Jan 29, 2011

This video introduces and promotes the value of play, play therapy, qualified play therapists, and membership in the Association for Play Therapy.

Play Therapy with Explanation of Techniques

Dr. Russ Curtis

Published on Apr 17, 2017

Play therapy demonstration with counsellor’s explanation of each technique.

Trauma & Play Therapy: Holding Hard Stories by Paris Goodyear-Brown

TEDx Talks

Published on Jun 14, 2018

How do children heal from trauma? Play therapy and trauma expert, Paris Goodyear-Brown, talks about traumatic children experiences that she has encountered in play therapy and the neuroscience of play. Paris Goodyear-Brown is a Child Trauma expert and a professional player with 23 years of experience in helping traumatized children and their families heal.

The Power of Play, Ash Perrin

TEDx Talks

Published on Nov 29, 2018

Can play heal the wounds inflicted by displacement and social exclusion? The answer, according to Ash Perrin an entertainer/clown, is unequivocally yes. As the founder of the Flying Seagull, a non-profit project that brings play and laughter to marginalised children in order to develop resilience, promote self-esteem, build social bonds and foster joy, Perrin and his team work with children in refugee camps, hospitals, orphanages, deaf/blind schools, and slums around the world.

The Clowns helping refugee children to laugh through play, Amazing Humans

BBC Three

Published on Aug 12, 2017

Ash Perrin and his team of clowns, musicians and dancers are 'play specialists' who work with children in refugee camps across Europe. The aim is to allow the kids "to feel good, feel daft, and feel playful".

Sandplay - Dora Kalff


Published on Sep 30, 2013

In this 1972 shot video, Psychologist Dora Kalff, who developed Jungian – based sandplay therapy talks about sandplay therapy, its principles and demonstrates and analyses some of her patients' sand box pictures.

What is Sandplay Therapy?

Dori Pelz-Sherman, PhD

Published on Apr 30, 2015

Sandplay Therapists of America, STA, defines sandplay therapy, history, pioneers and theories behind it through interviews with STA and International Society for Sandplay Therapy, ISST, certified teaching members in this 30-minute video.

0 to 5 in 30 Minutes! Sand Play Therapy


Published on Aug 5, 2009

While play is a fun activity that can help a child learn, it can also be used to help children who have experienced trauma, learn coping skills. This video looks at the benefits of sandplay therapy.