Triadic Art Therapy with Indigenous foster families

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

  • Involves child and caregiver in joint art-making sessions with an art therapist who is attending to their cultural connectedness as a third element in their relationship.
  • Centers on the “relational values” of Indigenous culture, specifically those embraced by local First Nations people in Manitoba.
  • Aims to strengthen the relationship between foster parents and foster children through culturally appropriate art therapy.
  • Integrates people from their community in the healing process, such as elders.
  • Is based on vast research about dyadic art therapy, attachment theory and its Indigenous parallel, which is connectedness in the broadest sense of the word, as it encompasses attachment to the community and the natural environment (Carriere & Richardson, 2009).


Carriere, J., & Richardson, C. (2009). From longing to belonging: Attachment theory,connectedness, and Indigenous children in Canada. In S. McKay, D. Fuchs, & I. Brown,(Eds.),Passion for action in child and family services: Voices from the prairies (pp. 49–67). Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center.