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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' comprehensive book develops the approach described in his earlier work and makes it accessible to students as well as to practising art therapists. The importance of the creative process, the development of the art therapist's personal resources, issues of personal identity and the synthesis technique requisite to professional practice are among the subjects covered in the book, which is based on object relations theory intertwined with other models of treatment. The author emphasizes transference and countertransference and introduces diagnosis as a means of offering indications for possible treatment rather than as a tool for categorization. His aim is to attempt to preserve the spirit and soul of the artist while applying modern day psychodynamic concepts to treatment practice.

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): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.58