The goal of art therapy is to get beneath the surface of things, and once there, to use a gentle nudge to brush away the emotional debris of life and make room for more living. The revisions in this new edition of Introduction to Art Therapy further amplifies the impact of the original book, touching the major themes and issues of the profession. Art therapy is effective with individuals, families, and groups and it works well with the intellectually gifted and the learning impaired. It can also be used with the chronically mentally ill, the terminally ill, the vision impaired and the deaf. Art therapy is particularly effective with posttraumatic stress disorder—from the aftereffects of war, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse. This book describes the essential elements of the process of facilitating therapeutic change in forming a foundation from which art therapists construct treatment plans and philosophies. Enhancements in this text include: an overview of the spectrum of theoretical orientations within art therapy; a brief history of practice in the United States; descriptions of applications that were not widely understood in 1994; and the most current and seasoned interpretation of how the author perceives the art therapy experience. In addition, the author presents exceptional case examples including client-prepared artwork that highlights the text. This book will inspire serious artists to become involved in art therapy, and encourage veteran art therapists to renew their vocations by living the process of art therapy. This book will be a valuable resource to medical and mental health professionals, occupational therapists, and other rehabilitation professionals that aspire to become more effective in reaching others.
This new edition can best be described as an art therapistï¿½s journal of witness to the artistic struggle by clients engaged in the act of healing through art. Its goal is to provide ideas about soul restoration through art. The artistic psychology presented in the text addresses the hungers people feel and the symptoms that torment them and shows that in making art it is possible to fill emptiness, rediscover wonders, ease depression, revive joy, create meaning, and practice a form of spiritual discipline. The book is about imagination, reclamation, and soul restoration as well as making soul and reinvigorating life. The author does not advocate the elimination of scientific psychology but rather suggests ways to embrace emotional turmoil that may be beyond the scope of cognitive behaviorism and psychopharmacology. He paints the soul through art, imagery, and story, often digressing into deep pools or turbulent rivers of his experience that serve to build a steady vision dedicated to core values and beliefs. The book is intended for artists and therapists who are willing to enter into the mysteries of lost souls. It is also intended for lay persons who may be suffering the symptoms of soul loss. In addition, it will be of interest to pastoral counselors, social workers, and others in the fields of art and mental health. The text is greatly enhanced by powerful illustrations that highlight the chapters and case vignettes.