Medical Art Therapy with Children
208 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Oct 1998

Medical Art Therapy with Children

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Medical Art Therapy with Children is a ground-breaking book, the first work to tackle this rapidly growing field. It will be an essential resource for professionals, psychologists, counsellors, play therapists and art therapists working with physically ill children on a day-to-day basis. 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 verbal channels. Art making may be a less threatening form of communication: it also encourages the building of a trusting relationship with a clinician.In order to use art therapy effectively with children, clinicians must have practical resources to help them understand the use of art expressions in treatment. Equally important is information on how to choose art tasks for particular goals and on how to help children express themselves through art expression. This collection of contributions, by eminent art therapists, will provide just such a resource. 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.
Cathy Malchiodi MA, ATR, LPAT, LPCC is director of the Institute for the Arts and Healing in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She is on the National Board of the Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She is a licensed art therapist and clinical counsellor, and has written five books and over forty articles on the use of art therapy with trauma victims, victims of physical and sexual abuse, and art and medicine.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Judith A. Rubin. 1. Introduction to Medical Art Therapy with Children. Cathy A. Malchiodi, Director of the Institute for the Arts and Health, Utah. 2. Psychological Effects of Creating Mandalas. Carol H. DeLue, Art Therapist and Biofeedback Therapist, California. 3. Addressing Psychological Complications of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents through Art Therapy. Erika Cleveland, Art Therapist at Lesley College and Emmanual College, Boston, MA. 4. Art Therapy with Pediatric Cancer Patients. Tracy Councill, Art Therapist in Pediatric Oncology, Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC. 5. Treating Children who have Asthma: A Creative Approach 95. Robin L. Gabriels, University of Colorado Health Service Center, Denver, CO. 6. Hide and Seek: The Art of Living with HIV/AIDS. Emily Piccirillo, Art Therapist, Washington DC. 7. Art Therapy on a Hospital Burn Unit: A Step Toward Healing and Recovery. Johanna Russell, Art Therapist, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. 8. Comparisons of Pain Perceptions between Children with Arthritis and their Caregivers. Jennifer Barton, Art Therapist. 9. Understanding Somatic and Spiritual Aspects of Children;s Art Expressions. Cathy A. Malchiodi, Director of the Institute for the Arts and Health, Utah. Resources. The Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.
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