Amy Garmon

masks and costumes play a big role in children's play therapy

Mask Therapy in Play Therapy: Giving A Face to Invisible Wounds

For those who celebrate Halloween each year, you know how exciting it can be to look through costumes and masks at the store as you decide who or what you want to be for the holiday. For therapists and clients at ChildSavers, these masks have worth beyond trick-or-treating. Masks (mask therapy) can be used in …

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Communicating Without Words: Sand Tray in Therapy

A child with a history of neglect comes to the therapist’s office and will not speak. A mother who is overwhelmed with grief comes to the therapist’s office and cannot talk through her tears. A teenager comes to the therapist’s office and does not say a word. He is only in counseling because a judge …

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The Healing Power of Black Storytelling

I am excited to talk to you all this month about Black storytelling and its healing power. We’ve talked in previous cultural competency blogs about the importance of using books about Black culture when working with a Black child. Today we will talk about the power of Black storytelling, no matter who the reader is. …

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Racism as Trauma

ChildSavers guides our community’s children through life’s critical moments with trauma-informed mental health and child development services. As an agency, we define trauma as a painful emotional experience caused by an event or events that challenge a person’s sense of safety. Today I am starting a conversation about what culture, race, and ethnicity have to …

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