Integrative Arts Psychotherapy: Using an Integrative Theoretical Frame and the Arts in Psychotherapy

Editor : Claire Louise Vaculik, Editor : Gary Nash

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy: Using an Integrative Theoretical Frame and the Arts in Psychotherapy

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 226
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 96699
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367726362
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367726
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This book is a new addition to the art therapy literature setting out an integrative approach to using theory and the arts, which places clients at the centre of practice and supports collaboration across the therapeutic journey. The structural framework described enables different theories, contemporary research, and best-practice guidelines to be used to inform therapy, allowing the practitioner to work fluidly and rigorously in response to their clients' changing needs and therapeutic aims.

Integrative arts psychotherapy brings therapeutic practice to life, as the use of the visual arts is enhanced by the possibilities offered for developing and deepening therapeutic work using sculpture/clay, drama/puppetry, poetry, sand play, music, and bodywork/movement. The work described in this book has grown from a British and European art therapy culture, community, and history - influenced by prominent American theorists.

The book has been written for trainers, trainees, and practitioners of creative arts therapies, psychotherapy, and expressive arts therapies - nationally and worldwide. It may also be of interest to other professionals, or those in consultation with an art therapist, who want to understand what this type of art therapy can offer.

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'This book is a lively mixture of theoretical and philosophical reflections supported by a selection of examples showing the model of integrative arts psychotherapy in practice. It makes an important contribution to the profession of art therapy/art psychotherapy especially regarding the history of the profession and the development of education and training, standards of proficiency and ethics.' - Diane Waller, OBE, MA(RCA) DPhil Dip Psych FRSA Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths University of London. She is Hon. President of the British Association of Art Therapists, registered Art Psychotherapist with the HCPC and Group Analytic Psychotherapist with UKCP

'If a training programme dealing with the integration of the arts in therapy is going to organize itself according to a particular theory of practice, what could be more appropriate than this book’s emphasis on integrating all the arts, the whole of life and psychotherapeutic methods, and with a primary focus on the sanctity and primacy of therapeutic relationships coupled with a sensitivity to context?' - Shaun McNiff, Professor Emeritus, Lesley University.

'This book traces the history and development of an innovative approach to the arts therapies. It offers a glimpse into a lively and imaginative way of working in clinical practice with diverse client groups. Creatively engaging and wide-ranging chapters demonstrate flexibility in the application of the arts. This complements the traditional, single art psychotherapy models. It will be of interest to students, professionals and all who are curious about the work of IATE.' - Joy Schaverien, PhD, Jungian psychoanalyst, author of The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice

'Too little has been written about integrative and arts influenced psychotherapy, but this volume turns that tide. We hear from a range of gifted and experienced clinicians and see how such work is informed by solid theory, new science, and research. We gain a window on to how ideas informed by the creative process, as well as trauma theory, can be used in the consulting room with moving effect. Particularly fascinating are the glimpses into the therapy space, including beautiful and profoundly meaningful drawings and sandtrays. Therapists and trainees of all denominations will have much to learn from this book.' - Graham Music (PHD), Consultant Psychotherapist Tavistock Centre, London and author Nurturing Children, The Good Life, Nurturing Natures and Respark

About the Editor(s)

Claire Louise Vaculik (née Leyland) is an HCPC-registered art therapist and UKCP-registered Gestalt psychotherapist. She is Programme Director of the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Chair of the British Association of Art Therapists.

Gary Nash, Dip AT, MAAT, is a HCPC-registered art therapist. Gary co-founded the London Art Therapy Centre in 2009, where he is a practitioner-researcher. He is a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and the University of Hertfordshire. He is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy.

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