Arts Therapies and Clients with Eating Disorders
320 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Sep 1994
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Arts Therapies and Clients with Eating Disorders

Fragile Board

Edited by Ditty Dokter
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Eating disorders are of increasing concern in the medical and psychiatric professions. Growing awareness that the arts therapies have something unique and positive to offer led to the publication of this book by experts in all areas of the arts therapies. The symptoms and aetiology ascribed to such disorders and the treatment methods prescribed to clients are discussed, and the chapters go on to focus on the use of specific arts therapies within this area, including discussions of the theoretical models they are based on, the methodologies used and the as yet small amount of research that has been completed.
'Dick Blackwell's preface and Ditty Dokter's introduction provide an excellent summary of the book's overall message - the necessity to communicate with those who have no words for their suffering. Although we use words to describe what art therapy does, we cannot hope to achieve that communication without reaching beyond words through art. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to students and practitioners of all helping services, particularly the arts therapies. It enables us to reach beyond the boundaries of our lives, and to appreciate the many ways in which we might break through the limits of our cultural assumptions.'- American Journal of Art Therapy'An invaluable addition to the bookshelves of anyone working with clients suffering from eating disorders. Every chapter contains something of interest. This informative book is brought to life with interesting cases clearly showing the various processes involved in clients' recovery. It is certainly a stimulating read and I came away from it with lots of new ideas.'- Counselling'This substantial book makes a convincing case for the use of arts therapies with people with eating disorders. It makes informative and persuasive reading for therapists. I recommend the book as a welcome addition to the literature on therapy with people with eating disorders.'-Therapeutic Communities'This is most attractive book, well produced, it is a daunting task for a reviewer to do justice to the rich variety of the work described. This is one of the most interesting books on eating disorders I have seen in recent years. It deserves to be widely read and I am sure it will contribute to the much-needed debate between the arts therapies and psycho-analysis.'- British Journal of Music Therapy'The book includes illustrations and poems by Elise Warriner whose own experience with serious food problems led her to communicate her experiences through word and image. Much of her work is focused on trying to make people look at food in a different light. The book's illustrations include Table Setting shown on the cover, which illustrates the frustration of anorexics when faced with the necessity of eating. The table setting is made of liquidised paper and fruit skins. Fr those working within this field I would suggest that this book is a necessity.'- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Ditty Dokter is senior lecturer in dramatherapy at the School of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire and Dramatherapist Senior 1, Professorial Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
Introduction. 1. `Fragile board'; arts therapies in the treatment of clients suffering from eating disorders, Ditty Dokter 2. `Anger is red'; a user's account, Elise Warriner. Art Therapy 3. The picture as transactional object in the treatment of anorexia, Joy Schaverien 4. `Bringing the man into the room'; art therapy groupwork with women with compulsive eating problems, Mary Jayne Rust. 5. The mental double trap of the anorexic patient: the use of art therapy techniques to facilitate psychic change, Paola Luzzatto. 6. `The power of food': some explorations and transcultural experiences in relation to eating disorders, Diane Waller Dramatherapy 7. A Dramatherapy case history: an anorectic response to an incomplete `rite of passage' Sue Jennings. 8. Dramatherapy in short-term groupwork with women with bulimia, Maggie Young. 9. The use of dramatherapy in the treatment of eating disorders: a developing Dutch method, Astrid Jacobse. 10. Experiential training for staff working with eating disorders, Linda Winn. Psychodrama 11. Psychodrama with eating disordered patients. The use of concrete metaphors for the body, Mary Levens.12. The use of psychodrama in the field of bulimia, Sandra Jay Dance Movement Therapy 13. A new way of working with body image in therapy, incorporating dance movement therapy methodology, Sally Totenbier. 14. Eating distress, women and integrative movement psychotherapy, Helen Payne. Music Therapy 15. Towards autonomy and a sense of self: music therapy and the individuation process in relation to children and adolescents with early onset anorexia nervosa, Jacqueline Robarts. 16. Individual music therapy with anorexic and bulimic patients, Ann Sloboda. 17. Sexual abuse and eating disorders: a possible connection indicated through music therapy?, Penny Rogers. 18. The development of symbolic function in a young woman with Down's syndrome, Margaret Heal The Contributors. Index.
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