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A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy - Arthur Robbins

A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy

Paperback Published: 1st June 1994
ISBN: 9781853022623
Number Of Pages: 386

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Arthur Robbins has been a practising art therapist for many years, and is founder of the Pratt Graduate Art Therapy program, one of the first of its kind to introduce art therapy training in the United States. This new text recasts his early work within the framework of modern psychodynamic theory.

The underlying principle of the early works - the amalgamation of the creative and therapeutic processes in the belief that the facilitation of creativity improves psychological health - remains in this text, together with a thread of object-relations theory that intertwines with other models of treatment. There is also an emphasis on transference and countertransference, and a core belief that every art therapist must possess and develop the soul and sensitivity of an artist, thus valuing authenticity and maintaining a respect for the uniqueness of personal expression. This perception and understanding of the art form will aid the understanding of the entire personality organization of the patient.

In this text, diagnosis is not used for categorization, but to offer indications for possible treatment and so to develop a treatment plan. Some patients need the reinforcement of ego skills and defences, others need mirroring, and some need to deal with object loss and attachment. A creative art therapist should not be bogged down by cumbersome role definitions and should be willing to take the same sort of risks that the creative process requires. The creative intent of this text is to offer a structure that is not limited to one therapeutic model and to open up the doors for the creative art therapist to be effective with a wide range of patient populations.

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Numerous and helpful illustrations integrate well with descriptions of creative sessions. Case studies at the end of the book are enlightening... the strength of this book is the author's basic premise that creativity improves psychological health; Robbins offers a variety of means by which to incorporate creativity into the therapeutic process. A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy accomplishes its stated goal: it is indeed a text that is not limited to one model, and just as art therapists must adapt techniques to the needs of each client and situation, readers can choose whatever model best suits their approach. -- American Journal of Art Therapy

Integrating the Personal and Theoretical Splits in the Struggle Towards an Identity as Art Therapistp. 3
Becoming an Art Therapistp. 18
Creativity Developmentp. 30
The Use of Imageryp. 37
A Creative Arts Approach to Art Therapyp. 42
The Play of Psychotherapeutic Artistry and Psychoaestheticsp. 45
Resistance in Art Therapy: A Multi-Modal Approach to Treatmentp. 63
Art Therapist and Psychic Healer: Description of a Joint Workshopp. 87
Clinical Considerationsp. 102
Art Diagnosisp. 116
Diagnostic Indicators in the Artwork of Borderline and Dissociative Patientsp. 124
Developing Therapeutic Artistry: A Joint Countertransference Supervisory Seminar/Stone Sculpting Workshopp. 141
Countertransference and the Art Therapeutic Process with Borderline Patientsp. 160
Techniquep. 167
Materialsp. 206
Institutional Issuesp. 212
Clinical Applicationsp. 225
Art Therapy With a Floating Fortressp. 235
Merger and Separatenessp. 246
Regressive Reintegrationp. 260
Play, Art and Photography in a Therapeutic Nursery Schoolp. 275
The Phantom's Mask: A Search for Meaningp. 304
A Case of Chronic Childhood Abusep. 334
The Use of Film, Photography and Art with Ghetto Adolescentsp. 362
Appendix A. Contributors to Chapter 15: 'Technique'p. 378
List of Contributorsp. 380
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9781853022623
ISBN-10: 1853022624
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75