Triadic Art Therapy

Process involves child and caregiver in joint art-making sessions with a focus on cultural connectedness.


“Our language and culture is the window through which we see the world.”

 ~ Paul Disain,  Stony Rapids, SK


Triadic Art Therapy program
This program includes 5 dyads (foster child and caregiver) The plan for each dyad: 8 Triadic Art Therapy sessions (60 minutes each) As preparation for their first session an Elder, leads a smudging and prayer. Session 9 includes all 5 dyads for an art therapy group activity, following a party and a ceremony. An Elder leads a smudging and prayer, it also includes food, and an acknowledgment of their participation (90 minutes)
Dyadic Art Therapy with Foster Children and Foster Parents
  • The art therapist leads the session with both the foster children and their foster parents.
  • The therapist assists the children in reducing trauma symptoms and supports them in their grieving process (Sun-Reid, 2012) while modeling the same for foster parents to be able to access.
  • The pictures that are created in art therapy are tangible and therefore may be an important means of communication in dyadic work (Proulx, 2003).
  • Dyadic art therapy canhelp the foster parent understand the foster child’s behaviour.
  • The therapist supports and assists foster children in understanding the intentions of their foster parents.
  • lead the parent to support the child andimprove the dyad’s familial communication.
  • Dyadic art therapy leads foster children to build their communication skills, learn to express their needs to their foster parents, and help construct their capacity for self-autonomy.
  • Dyadic art therapyaims to strengthen the dyad’s connection, and the child’s creativity can be a tool to help them through difficulties (Shore, 2014).


Sun-Reid, H. (2012). Arthur’s journey: A case study of integrated therapy process.Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).
Proulx, L. (2003). Strengthening emotional ties through parent-child dyad art therapy. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.
Shore, A. (2014). Art Therapy, attachment, and the divided brain. Journal of the American Art Therapy Association31(2), pp. 91–94, doi: 10.1080/07421656.2014.903827