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Group Process Made Visible : The Use of Art in Group Therapy - Shirley Riley

Group Process Made Visible

The Use of Art in Group Therapy

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Published: 1st May 2001
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Group Process Made Visible demonstrates the usefulness of the language of art in enabling group therapists and their clients to understand group members' perceptions of constructs and realities. Externalizing difficulties in visible form clarifies the patient's intended communication and provides the opportunity for constructive conversation. In this book, Shirley Riley explains nonartistic persons' accessibility to expressive tasks that reinforce the development of group cohesion and accelerate the establishment of a trusting and involved group. The book introduces the reader to the approach and general philosophy of the use of art as an additional language in group therapy. Through the presentation of a series of illustrations, the author exhibits the visual medium's usefulness in treating patients who suffer from a broad range of disorders or who have experienced various types of trauma. The basis of Shirley Riley's writing lies in the personal and professional experiences explored in the case examples provided in Group Process Made Visible. Throught the material offered in this book, she clearly defines structure, rationale, and dynamics. The readalbe, informative format of the work provides therapists with access to a creative addition to verbal therapy. This addition is not only effective, but it provides a command of communication that is appealing to clients. There are no recipies for interpretation or laundry lists of activities. Rather, the approach encourages a cooperative focus that leans toward a contemporary theory befitting in today's mental health world.

"[This book] demonstrates the usefulness of the language of art in enabling group therapists and their clients to understand group members' perceptions of constructs and realities. . . .the approach encourages a cooperative focus that leans toward a contemporary theory suitable for today's mental world." -" Family Therapy: The Journal of the California Graduate School of Family Psychology, Volume 29, Number 2, 2002

About the Contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
The Language of Art in Group Therapyp. 1
Introducing the Language of Art to Interns and Staff in an Early Childhood Attachment Theory Programp. 34
Psychosocial Support Groups for Children Recovering from the Traumatic Experience of Severe Burnsp. 49
Art as an Instrument for Creating Social Reciprocity: Social Skills Group for Children with Autismp. 82
Integrating the Language of Art into a Creative Cognitive-Behavioral Program with Behavior-Disordered Childrenp. 115
A Condensed Guide to Creating an Adolescent Group: Art Tasks that Address Developmental Interests and the Changing Role of Adolescent Therapyp. 139
Working with the Elderly Population with a Serious Loss of Cognition: Visible Communication as a Mode of Memory Retrieval and Other Functions, Such as Self-Regulation and Social Intercoursep. 157
Groups in Psychiatric Hospitals and Day Treatment Programs: Art as an Entree into Unfamiliar Realitiesp. 193
Integration of Art, Movement, and Verbal Processing with Women in an Eating Disorders Programp. 209
A Women's Group Created Around a Theme of Bereavementp. 221
A Group for Therapists Dealing with Secondary Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome Induced by Their Abused Clients' Art Productsp. 236
Some Final Thoughtsp. 253
Teaching Group Dynamicsp. 258
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781583910597
ISBN-10: 158391059X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1