A Practical Art Therapy

A Practical Art Therapy

A Practical Art Therapy

A Practical Art Therapy


"The creative exercises draw on situations and ideas that children and adults can relate to - for example, drawing wishes and goals, sculpting their own stress and creating a collage self-portrait. The author suggests ways of expanding art-making activities, such as drawing to music and creating personal logos. This book is suitable for those new to the arts therapies field, practising art therapists, counselors and social workers." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Many of the projects presented in this manual have proved valuable in my work with depressed, borderline, bipolar, schizophrenic, and addicted clients. The therapist needs to determine the nature of the group, and client needs and abilities when choosing a particular activity. Many of the activities can be modified for a variety of populations including children and the elderly. Children enjoy working with a wide variety of media and color. Seniors benefit greatly from creative experiences focusing on family, memories, and work-related experiences. Many of the seniors prefer media that is not messy or complicated to work with, such as markers and colored pencils.

Socialization, expression of feelings, issues, hopes, problems, and conflicts, as well as the enhancement of reasoning and thinking skills are therapeutic goals for all of these groups; therefore, I will not always specify these goals under the heading [Discussion.]

Topics are organized according to technique or media. Many techniques allow for the utilization of a variety of materials. The therapist must determine which materials are most suitable for the population he or she is working with.

I use a wide range of projects/techniques in working with clients. This keeps the clients as well as myself motivated, energetic, and involved. Experimentation allows for growth and new insights.

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