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Peller, L. (1960). Art Therapy in a Children's Community: By Edith Kramer. Introduction by Viola W. Bernard, M.D. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 1958. 238 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 29:125-126.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:125-126

Art Therapy in a Children's Community: By Edith Kramer. Introduction by Viola W. Bernard, M.D. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 1958. 238 pp.

Review by:
Lili Peller

This is a well-presented, stimulating book in which the author gives new insight into the process of art therapy by linking psychoanalytic knowledge with her ability as an artist. The author describes the art therapy program at Wiltwyck School, an interracial, nonsectarian residential treatment home for emotionally disturbed and delinquent boys between the ages of eight and thirteen. They remain at the school up to three years.

The program includes all the pupils, which gives opportunity for continuous mutual stimulation toward imaginative expression. This eases communication and mutual identification between child and therapist as well as among the children. The destructive, negativistic child, unable to trust anyone, finds a potential for expressing his slowly and gradually emerging self in a new medium. In this way painting assumes a function comparable to play in early childhood.

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