Independent Analysis

Article: Naff, K. (2014). A Framework for Treating Cumulative Trauma With Art Therapy. Art Therapy, 31(2), 79-86.

Naff (2014) studied treatment approaches involving art therapy by three clinical experts who successfully used art therapy to treat cumulative trauma among traumatic individuals. The purpose of this study was to develop a framework so that other practitioners can use it for treatment of cumulative trauma. This article not only provides an evidence of success of art therapy to treat trauma but also suggests a framework for this practice to be used for successful treatment of trauma. This article is relevant to my research because the purpose of my research is also find evidence on the use of art therapy to treat trauma. This article will help me explain the role of art therapy in treatment of another type of trauma. The proposed framework in this article can also be used to explain how art therapy can be used in an effective way to treat trauma.

The framework proposed by Naff (2014) is very important can be tested and practiced in MnM project. If we want to treat individuals suffering from cumulative trauma, this framework and information from this paper can be very useful to treat them in the MnM project.

The key concept focused in this research is treatment of cumulative trauma with art therapy. This key concept is explained through examples of three art therapists using art therapy successfully with cumulative trauma patients. I can use the framework proposed in this study to explain how art therapy can be used effectively and successfully to treat trauma patients. The source will help me support my key concept with evidence of success.

This article is related to Jones (1997) analyzed previously in the sense that both the sources provide information on how to use art therapy to treat trauma. Both Jones and Naff explain techniques of art therapy to successfully implement art therapy for treatment of trauma patients. In addition to suggesting and explaining successful techniques of art therapy for treatment of trauma, Jones also provides information on the organization of teams for successful art therapy practices.

I think Gantt and Tinnin (2007) will be my next article for independent analysis. The reason I will chose this article for next analysis is that it has been cited 8 times in Naff (2014). In most of the citations, Gantt and Tinnin (2007) has provided important information related to art therapy for treatment of trauma. Thus this source seems to be very significant in my research project. The abstract of this paper shows that it also proves success of art therapy in trauma treatment. However, I have not downloaded the full article yet.


Naff, K. (2014). A Framework for Treating Cumulative Trauma With Art Therapy. Art Therapy, 31(2), 79-86.

Jones, J. G. (1997). Art therapy with a community of survivors. Art therapy,14(2), 89-94.

Gantt, L., & Tinnin, L. W. (2007). Intensive trauma therapy of PTSD and dissociation: An outcome study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 34(1), 69–80. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2006.09.007