Programs & Services

Art Therapy Program for Refugee Children

Art Therapy is a non-threatening, non-intrusive vehicle that helps traumatized refugee children to symbolically fulfill their impulses, and to externalize the difficult and overwhelming feelings that they are forced to deal with. By recreating in drawings what they have seen, children project their trauma into their artwork, and gain control over it while maintaining a comfortable distance. It is this creative process that relaxes their defenses, and provides a direct access to what they have been suppressing. Through the Art Therapy Program offered at COSTI’s Reception Centre, these traumatized children are provided with a lifeline – the opportunity to work through their pain and fear, and get a second chance at childhood.

Services Available

Therapeutic intervention for traumatized children, with art as the vehicle.

Staff at this location speak Azari, Farsi and English. However, if needed, translation and interpretation services can be made available in a number of other languages.

Who is Eligible

The Art Therapy program is offered to refugee children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age, staying at the Ralph Chiodo Family Immigrant Reception Centre.

Program Intake

Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This Program is Located at:

Ralph Chiodo Family Immigrant Reception Centre
100 Lippincott Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2P1
Phone: 416.922.6688
Fax: 416.922.6668
reception@costi.org

There is no fee for this service.

COSTI's Art Therapy for Refugee Children program is funded entirely through the generosity of individual donors and foundations.

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