Children spend a large part of their day in school.  Peers, teachers and administrators become extended family for many children.  Some children may exhibit introverted behaviors such as shyness or difficulty making friends at school, while other children feed off the energy of social interaction and may have difficulty conforming to school expectations.  Children are unique, and therefore there is no single behavior plan that will work for all.  Children's art therapy in school provides a safe space for each child to explore who they are individually as well as within a group.  When a child has a safe environment to communicate and create, they begin to find alternatives that allow them to be more productive and successful at school as well as at home.

Individual goals are set based upon meetings and correspondence with parents, teachers, administrators and sometimes other school personnel such as a psychologist or guidance counselor.  Some children are able to actively participate in creating goals.  When this is possible, it allows the child to feel more involved in their therapeutic experience, therefore feeling more invested in personal success.  Some typical goals set in children's art therapy in a school setting might include:

  • improve self-esteem and confidence
  • improve coping skills and problem solving strategies
  • improve communication skills
  • identify feelings/emotions and linked behaviors
  • demonstrate improved frustration tolerance
  • gain insight into feelings and behaviors
  • improve social skills
  • create and understand boundaries
  • improve positive choice making