Art & Music Therapy
Professionals engaged in art therapy discuss aspects of practice which are affected by an environment of increasing cultural diversity. Some contributions examine problems faced by members of ethnic minorities who are caught between assertion of their cultural identities and assimilation into a different social milieu.
Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives
This book provides an arts-based approach to theories and practices of expressive arts therapy. The contributors emphasize the importance of the imagination and aesthetic experience, arguing that these are central to psychological well-being, and challenging views which emphasise the cognitive and emotional dimensions of mental health development.
Medical art therapy is defined as the use of drawings, art expression and imagery with individuals who are physically ill or disabled, or are undergoing aggressive medical treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy. Children in such situations may find it easier to express their emotions, and their fears, through art than through strictly ...
Drawing on case material from a variety of situations, the book describes current research on medical art therapy with children, and practical approaches to using art activities with them. The writers examine art therapy with young patients suffering from burns, cancer, asthma, arthritis, eating disorders and HIV/AIDS.
In the last decade music therapists have developed their work with people who have life-threatening illnesses and with those who are dying. This book presents some of that work from therapists working in different countries with different approaches, showing how valuable the inclusion of music therapy in palliative care has already proved to be.
The book is a stimulating and inspiring collection which explores the often contentious themes of race, racism and culture in relation to the experience of art therapy, in a constructive way. Contributors examine the impact of racial perceptions in their own experience, their clients' lives, and on the interaction of therapist and client.
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