The Handbook of Art Therapy

The Handbook of Art Therapy

The Handbook of Art Therapy

The Handbook of Art Therapy

Synopsis

This straight-forward and highly practical handbook will be invaluable not only as an introduction to the profession but also as a reference for students of art psychotherapy both during and after their training.

Excerpt

This book is entitled Handbook of Art Therapy to give a clear account of the theory and practice of art therapy. It is not designed to instruct a person to be an art therapist, and anyone reading this book will be advised against thinking that it is a 'manual' for practice. The purpose of the book, however, is to give clear guidelines and a detailed understanding of how art therapy is practised and the theory on which this practice is based. Hopefully, this will be useful for people interested in all aspects of art and therapy and perhaps encourage some people to embark on training courses essential for becoming an art therapist.

Throughout the book, both client and therapist will be referred to generally as 'she' except where a specific example is being described. This is because the majority of art therapists are women, and most clients who are in therapy are also women. Also, we have chosen to use the word 'client' to describe the person in treatment with the 'therapist' but this can be interchangeable with 'patient', 'resident', 'member' and does not imply any difference in the approach although it might reflect some difference in the treatment setting.

We would like to acknowledge our clients, who have so extensively informed our experience, and also the help of our colleagues, who have made several contributions throughout the book. By working with us and giving generously of their time in describing their particular experience, we feel that this has enabled the text to become 'alive' and relate to real circumstances, and has considerably enhanced the quality of the book. Also, our thanks go to our long-suffering families whose help and support are actually immeasurable.

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