Patients with eating disorders often respond well to the creative and non-threatening environment of the arts therapies. Susan Makin, who has worked closely with anorexics and bulimics, here explores how art therapies, art therapy in particular, but also creative journalling and poetry-writing, can be integrated into a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of eating disorders, in conjunction with medical programmes. Makin discusses the creative work and personal accounts of around thirty patients, examining their use of media, imagery and symbolism. She analyses the patterns which emerge and explores their implications for the patient's treatment, emphasizing the importance of taking a patient-centred approach.
Susan R. Makin is currently pursuing her career as a professional artist, writer, and advisor, in Boston and Toronto. Details can be found on her website www.docsusan.com. She was previously Psychotherapeutic Services Coordinator and Expressive Arts Therapist at the Welcare Center, Toronto, while lecturing in Psychosomatics at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine and being a Field Faculty Advisor at Vermont College of Norwich University. She also led and created arts therapy programmes at the Toronto Hospital for seven years. Dr. Makin presents workshops internationally, and is the author of three books on arts therapies.
Foreword, Bryan Lask. Foreword, Cathy Malchiodi. Introduction. PART ONE: APPETIZERS. 1. Introducing Eating Disorders. 2. Introducing Art Therapy. 3. Art Therapy and Eating Disorders. 4. Poetry Therapy and Eating Disorders. PART TWO: THE MAIN COURSE. 5. Patterns in Art-Making with Eating Disorders. 6. Eating Disorders as Seen Through Creative Journals. 7. Intermodal Techniques with Patients with Eating Disorders. 8. Group Work with Patients with Eating Disorders. PART THREE: DESSERT. 9. Arts Therapies `How-Tos' for Eating Disorders. 10. Introducing Creative Journalling. 11. Resources on Eating Disorders and Art Therapy. 12. Conclusion. References. Index.
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