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The dynamics of art psychotherapy
Wadeson, Harriet, 1931-
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New York : Wiley, [1995]

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xv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Originally published in 1987 by Wiley.
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RC489.A7 W34 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A companion to the author's successful Art Psychotherapy that explores the rationales, methods and objectives of art therapy and extends the coverage into more advanced topics: materials to use, detailed consideration of the underlying principles, structuring the art therapy experience, the stages of art therapy and a variety of techniques. Devotes a chapter to applications with different patient populations, and also looks at social and political issues surrounding the use of art therapy as a therapeutic technique. Includes extensive photos of patient artwork and a diagnostic quiz.

Author Notes

HARRIET WADESON, PhD, is the Director of the Art Therapy Graduate Program at the University of Illinois. She has over thirty-five years of experience in the field of art therapy and is the author of numerous books, including Advances in Art Therapy and A Guide to Conducting Art Therapy Research.

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This book builds upon Wadeson's earlier work, Art Psychotherapy (1980). Besides considering the characteristics of the art therapist, this new book focuses on topics that arose during the training of art therapists-the elements, phases, and contexts of art therapy. It is refreshing to see that the sensationalistic topic of artistic insanity (e.g., Van Gogh) was omitted, for in the mind of the general reader art therapy may easily be confused with anecdotes about mentally ill artists. Wadeson conveys a professional attitude toward an interdisciplinary field that requires a synthesis of art and therapy. Her emphasis on the interpersonal dynamics between the therapist and client seems most appropriate. This book is one of those rare instances where a book can serve both as a textbook and as a resource for the general public. For the student who may use art therapy in a future career, the book provides detailed instructions. The general reader, interested in art or self-analysis, will find the book accessible. Recommended for all library collections.-F. Smolucha, Moraine Valley Community College

Table of Contents

The art Therapist
The Art Therapist
Elements of art Therapy
Structure, Environment, and Materials
Encouraging Art Expression
Understanding Art Expression
Relating to Clients Around Art Expression
Group Art Therapy
Phases of art Therapy
Assessment and Beginning Treatment
Mid-Phase and Ending Art Therapy Treatment
Examples of Phases in Art Therapy with Diverse Populations
Context of art Therapy
Social Forces
Professional Politics
Art as Therapy and Art Psychotherapy
Art Therapy Training
Beyond Art Therapy