Artful Therapy

Artful Therapy

Judith Aron Rubin

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0471677949

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Artful Therapy

Judith Aron Rubin

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0471677949

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Use the therapeutic potential of art to make progress in your practice

Artful Therapy shows you how to use art to make a difference in therapy. Using visual imagery and art creation, you can help people with medical problems understand how they feel about their illness; victims of abuse "tell without talking"; and substance abuse and eating disorder clients tap into unresolved issues. These are just a few examples of how the power of art can improve your practice.

Ideal for mental health professionals and allied workers with little or no art background, this accessible and proven guide takes you through the techniques of using art and visual imagery, and shows you how they can benefit clients of varying ages and abilities. With the art therapy tools provided, you can open potentially groundbreaking new dialogues with your clients.

Author Judith Aron Rubin draws on more than forty years experience as an art therapist to help you maximize the value of art as a therapeutic tool, in both the mental health disciplines, such as psychology and social work, and related specialties.

An accompanying DVD contains models for practitioners, showing art therapy being used in actual clinical practice. The DVD clearly models:
* Initiating the art-making process
* Using art in assessment
* Using mental imagery, with or without art
* Implementing other art forms--such as drama and music--in therapy
* Using art with a variety of client types, including children, families, and groups
* Assigning art as "homework"

Whether or not you have used art therapy with your clients or are thinking about integrating art therapy in your practice, making the most of art in the clinical setting begins with Artful Therapy.

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and Video Therapy 174 Isaac: Filmmaking as Therapy 176 Creative Uses of Language 176 Drama Therapy 176 Creative Writing Therapy 178 Sam’s Halloween Story 178 Eleanor’s Sad Tale 179 Andy’s Alienated Poetry 180 Sally’s Writings about Change 181 xi 168 174 Artful Therapy A Patient’s Reflections on Writing and Art Music and Movement Therapy 186 Conclusion 187 184 Chapter 12 Using Mental Imagery Why Mental Imagery? 189 History: Imagery in Therapy 191 Personal History: Imagery in Therapy 192

conference (5.5D). In most institutions with a team approach, it makes sense to get individuals’ permission to share anything about their treatment (including art) with others at the outset. Because pictures and poems are so very personal and concrete, however, it also makes sense to have patients sign a specific release form regarding their creative products, which can be more or less formal, as you wish (5.5E). One of the nice things about sharing artistic creations is that they often reveal

soft pastels (7.3C). Later taught by her sister, art therapy pioneer Margaret Naumburg (1950, 1953, 1966), the scribble is extremely popular among art therapists. It is most helpful in overcoming anxiety and resistance, which, though rare among children, are common with adolescents and adults. The scribble drawing is, in fact, part of the first assessment batteries created by art therapists: the Ulman Personality Assessment Procedure (UPAP) designed by Elinor Ulman (1975) in 1965 (7.3D) and the

prefer that children not make art when138 Art in Child Therapy ever they wish, it makes more sense to store materials in a closet or cupboard that is opened only when you decide. Plastic carrying containers, like those sold in hardware stores, are very helpful for organizing and transporting art supplies. Whether some, all, or none of the materials are visible at all times, organization and consistency in how and where art supplies are kept are especially important for work with children and

Glen Salzman, Filmmaker (Cineflix) “A Brush with Life” Ellen Speert, M.A. Videotapes of Art Therapy Workshop and TV Show on Phototherapy Buddy Squires, Filmmaker “Listening to Children with Dr. Robert Coles” Aaron Strong, Filmmaker “Isaac’s Interpretations” Arthur Ulene, M.D. “When Children Grieve” University of London “Art and Psychiatry” Very Special Arts, Massachusetts “Multi-Arts Resource Guide” Evelyn Virshup, Ph.D. “Suicide: A Teenage Dilemma” Harriet Wadeson, Ph.D. Videotape of Couple Art

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