Art & Music Therapy
Theory, Clinical Practice, Research and Training
Music therapists have a rich diversity of approaches and methods, often developed with specific relevance to meet the needs of a certain client population. This book reflects the components of such diversity, and is a comprehensive guide to accessing the ideas, theory, research results and clinical outcomes that are the foundations of this field.
Group music therapy has been widely practised for many years, and features substantially in training, yet there has been no publication devoted to the discussion of this area of therapy. This book fills this gap by bringing together the experiences of group music therapy practitioners who work with diverse client groups in various settings.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches
In the first part of her book, the author explores ways of using art therapy and of setting up art therapy groups. The later chapters offer therapists more detailed guidance on therapy sessions with clients with AD/HD. Her advice and practical suggestions will be useful to anyone with an interest in AD/HD.
The book examines the origins and theory of AMT (including a contribution on the subject from Mary Priestley), before exploring its uses in various contexts. Chapters cover AMT in counselling and rehabilitation, with adults and children and with nonverbal clients. A concluding section discusses aspects of the training of music therapy students.
Music communicates where words fail, and music therapy has been proven to connect with those who were thought to be unreachable, making it an ideal medium for working with those who have suffered psychological trauma. Music, Music Therapy and Trauma addresses the need for an exploration of current thinking on music and trauma.
Plying the Sacred Circle
This book explores the history, theory and techniques of claywork in eliciting therapeutic outcomes. Vignettes and case material explain and expand the text, which interweaves an appreciation of clay in art with many practical suggestions for its use in therapy. The author offers a new and holistic approach to claywork.
Written in a way that is both informative for the professional and accessible for parents, this book furthers the already strong case for the use of music therapy as a resource to encourage behavioural changes for the better in children with autism spectrum conditions.
Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist
This book presents a model of art therapy where the processes of art constitute the core of the model. It addresses how an arts-based approach can inform the therapist in all aspects of practice, from the conception of the work and the attempt to understand client needs to interacting with clients and communicating with others about art therapy.
They Couldn't Run, So They Learned to Fly
Based on a study conducted with chronically ill children, Pediatric Dramatherapy shows how children who are unable to verbalize their feelings or inner conflicts can do so through dramatherapy. The major sources of stress for chronically ill children are examined as they relate to situations within selected stories.
Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum presents a new model of practice, which primarily focuses on communication difficulties. The authors describe how negative behaviours and subsequent tension may be alleviated when the autistic child is involved in interactive art making with the therapist.
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