The Handbook of Art Therapy by Caroline Case

By Caroline Case

What's paintings treatment? How can artwork and treatment mix to assist contributors comprehend elements in their internal existence? This new version of The guide of artwork remedy is punctiliously revised and up-to-date and contains new sections on neurobiological examine, and a present evaluate of literature and modern perform. It presents a complete advent to the sphere of artwork treatment in a number of diverse settings. Caroline Case and Tessa Dalley draw on their event of training and working towards artwork remedy, focusing on what paintings psychotherapists really do, the place they perform, and the way and why artwork treatment is efficacious. First-hand debts of the adventure of paintings treatment from either therapists and consumers are used all through, enriching the dialogue of topics together with: the artwork treatment room paintings and psychoanalysis paintings remedy and creativity operating with teams in paintings remedy paintings remedy with person sufferers. This straight-forward and hugely sensible instruction manual may be beneficial not just as an creation to the occupation but in addition as a reference for college kids of paintings psychotherapy either in the course of and after their education.

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Although I have been lucky to work in a room with such a view because it has stimulated the children’s fantasies, I believe that what the child or adult has to speak of in art therapy will find its way to consciousness whatever the surroundings are like. A blank wall, like a pristine sheet of paper, can render a projection of an internal image and will not remain blank for long. (Letter to the authors from Aleathea Lillitos (1990) St Thomas’s Hospital, London) THE ART THERAPY ROOM 35 WORKING PERIPATETICALLY Earlier in the chapter, we mentioned the hospital closures programme and the moving, where possible, of long-term patients as well as short-term patients back into the community.

The flats, apart from the bottom floor, are where the women live with their children. The front door of the building is always locked and the women have to say when they are going out and when they expect to be back. This sounds a bit like a prison but I have since realised the need for this as the estate is a big drug-using community and temptations for the women are literally on the doorstep. The locked door serves to protect the philosophy of the house in being completely drug and alcohol free.

There is, though, a fine line between this and the dissolving of the boundaries that make work possible. Poor conditions and poor materials can add to the lack of sense of value, lack of identity and worth already experienced by clients. One way of solving the problems of space for art therapists working peripatetically would be to set up art therapy centres in each geographical area for use by all services—health, education and social. Organisation would be needed to ‘bus’ clients, but it should be possible.

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