Popular Expressive Arts Books

Music Therapy Handbook (Creative Arts and Play Therapy)
by Barbara L. Wheeler PhD MT-BC (Editor)

Rich with case material, this groundbreaking volume provides a comprehensive overview of music therapy, from basic concepts to emerging clinical approaches. An expansive section on clinical applications examines music therapy with children and adults, as well as its recognized role in medical settings. Topics include autism spectrum disorder, school interventions, brain injury, and trauma. Experts review psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and developmental foundations and describe major techniques, including the Nordoff-Robbins model and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. The companion website features audio downloads illustrative of the Nordoff-Robbins model.

Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultures and Abilities
by Sangeeta Prasad (Editor), Paula Howie (Editor), Jennie Kristel (Editor)

With contributions from experienced art therapists who have worked in diverse environments, this book attempts to understand and highlight the specific cultural, subcultural and ethnic influences that inform art therapy treatment. It addresses variable factors including setting, population, environment and ability, and how they influence art therapy approaches. It also considers how cultural differences can impact physical art making through choices of color, symbol and metaphor. Each chapter provides a framework showing how art therapy techniques have been used in order to successfully work with distinct populations. This book will provide practitioners with ideas for how to adapt art therapy training and approaches to suit the setting and meet the needs of a vast range of populations.

Little Windows Into Art Therapy: Small Openings for Beginning Therapists
by Deborah Schroder (Author)

Newly qualified art therapists often feel daunted by the challenge of being face-to-face with a client and are unsure how to progress after the first image has been created. Schroder explains how art can provide openings into therapeutic relationships and create a safe space for exploring issues and concerns. Drawing on her own development as an art therapist and her experience of supervising new therapists and students, the author provides practical advice on encouraging nervous or reluctant clients, or those unfamiliar with art therapy, to benefit from art making. She argues for a two-way sharing of art between therapist and client, exploring not only how specific techniques can be put into practice, but also how they benefit the therapeutic relationship. Providing guidance on moving into deeper work, exploring and containing particular emotions, and bringing the therapeutic relationship to a close, this book will be invaluable to new art therapists.

Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change (Arts Therapies)
by Ellen G. Levine

The field of expressive arts is closely tied to the work of therapeutic change. As well as being beneficial for the individual or small group, expressive arts therapy has the potential for a much wider therapeutic impact. This book addresses how the principles and practice of the arts therapies can be and have been used successfully to inspire social action and bring about social change across the globe. The contributors explore the transformative power of arts therapies in areas stricken by conflict, political unrest, poverty or natural disaster. They look at how and why expressive arts works, and how it can be used to engage social consciousness and improve social conditions, taking into account the issues that arise within different contexts and with different populations.

Sourcebook in Expressive Arts Therapy
by Sally Atkins

The purpose of this book is to introduce ways of using the expressive arts in counseling and psychotherapy. It offers experiential expressive-arts activities for counselors, therapists, students, and expressive artists interested in the arts and healing. This book provides resources for seasoned professionals looking for new ideas and inspiration. Its ideas and structures can be incorporated into practice in a variety of settings, including mental-health and social-service agencies, schools, organizations, and private counseling and psychotherapy practices.

The Expressive Arts Activity Book: A Resource for Professionals
by Suzanne Darley

This resource comprises a collection of accessible, flexible, tried-and-tested activities for use with people in a range of care settings, to help them explore their knowledge of themselves and to make sense of their experiences. Among the issues addressed by the activities are exploring physical changes, emotional trauma, interpersonal problems and spiritual dilemmas. Featuring individual and group activities of varying difficulty, including card making, painting to music, meditation, and body mapping, it also includes real-life anecdotes that bring the techniques to life. The Expressive Arts Activity Book is full of fun, easy, creative ideas for workers in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, spiritual and religious settings, and in private practice.

Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art: Drawing from the Center
by Barry M. Cohen (Author), Mary-Michola Barnes (Author), Anita B. Rankin (Author) & 1 more

Three art therapists have collaborated to produce this unique workbook. Designed especially for trauma survivors, Managing Traumatic Stress Through Art introduces inventive ways to understand, manage, and transform the aftereffects of trauma. This dynamic workbook consists of carefully structured step-by-step art projects, augmented by tearout images, and writing experiences.

Art Therapy Techniques and Applications
by Susan I. Buchalter (Author)

Art Therapy Techniques and Applications contains an original composite of therapeutic goals and evocative ideas that can be used with a wide variety of clients. This book is filled with innovative suggestions and plans that are easily implemented: from brief warm-ups to stretch the imagination, and collage and mask creations to assist the expression of mood, to guidance on combining modalities such as art, metaphors and movement, mindfulness exercises, and using computer programs to enhance art therapy projects.


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