Based on more than ten years of research and practice of art therapy and dramatherapy in training, clinical practice and theory, this book is the first to explore the relationship and differences between these two disciplines.The first part of the book explores the theoretical background and the history and practice of art therapy and dramatherapy, including accounts of the authors' personal experiences and the creative and imaginative processes they make use of in their work. The second part describes five major themes that have been practically and collaboratively developed by the authors, who clearly set out the methods and practices used. They show how images such as the body, doors, bridges, journeys and masks can be used effectively in therapy.
'In addition to being a 'how to' manual for art and dramatherapy, this book is a melange of autobiography, anthropology, psychoanalysis, case reports, cross-cultural analysis, art reproduction, poetry, literary quotation, and mythology.'- The Lancet'There is energy, creativeness and richness of imagery in this book...The book is well referenced and relevant theoretical concepts are explained...there is some very good sound advice...on many different issues.' - Inscape'This book breaks new ground. This is a well researched study for the serious therapist. But it is also intelligible and stimulating for the non-specialist. Throughout the book there is a generous sprinkling of black and white illustrations. It is a reference book for inspiration a well as information.' - Reform'The authors, whose passion for their work is obvious, are creative and generous in providing a text rich in methodology for arts therapists interested in expanding their practice.' - American Journal of Art Therapy
Sue Jennings' career in professional theatre and dramatherapy spans over 40 years. She currently holds Visiting Professorships at the University of Ulster, Tel Hai College and New York University, and is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey Roehampton. Sue has written and edited over a dozen books, including Introduction to Dramatherapy and Introduction to Dramatherapy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Ase Minde, Dip ATh, is Founder/Director of Art Therapy training in Norway. Both authors trained as dancers as children before establishing themselves as art and drama therapists. They have extensive clinical experience in psychiatry, learning disabilities, family therapy and eating disorders.
. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. My Journey into Dramatherapy. 2. My Journey into Art Therapy. 3. The Storehouse. 4. The Kettle of Transformation. 5. The Fertile Relationship. 6. The Body Self and the Body Image. 7. Transitions and Bridges. 8. The Opening and Closing of Doors. 9. Creative Journeys. 10. Mask, Myth and Metaphor. References. Further Reading. Extracts from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Key Addresses.
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