Chill & Spill Information


Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, Art with Heart began researching ways to be able to impact the masses of children and teens affected by devastating trauma, many who may otherwise suffer in silence as they grew older.

With the heartfelt counsel of art therapists, child psychologists, and Child Life Specialists, the book took over two years to develop. Combining creative writing exercises with expressive art activities, this guided, therapeutic journal presents art and activities that teens relate to. Twenty artists – whose clients range from MTV to ESPN, Rolling Stone to Starbucks – were chosen for their ability to visually relate to this hard-to-reach population. Chill & Spill came off the press just as Hurricane Katrina struck and was put into use immediately in Louisiana with 1,500 young survivors.

Chill & Spill is effective because it gives youth a safe place for self-expression, allowing them to become active participants in their own healing, to communicate grief and loss, and to see themselves as survivors rather than victims – a critical step in trauma recovery. The book simply works because it speaks to teens in their own language, is an immediate resource based in the principals of cognitive behavioral, narrative and art therapies.


  • Ron Rabin, MA, LMHC
  • Jane Tillman, LMHC, LMFT
  • Rosalie Frankel, MA, ATR


Art with Heart hand-picked 19 different illustrators whose work teens will recognize from Rolling Stone, Starbucks, Levi Jeans, MTV, and more – making their journey visually relevant to them.