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The Economics of Therapy

The Economics of Therapy

Caring for Clients, Colleagues, Commissioners and Cash-Flow in the Creative Arts Therapies

Edited by Daniel Thomas and Vicky Abad, Foreword by Brynjulf Stige

Quick Overview

Arts therapy training does not generally cover building a professional practice, even though business skills are essential for success in the field. This book provides the economic fundamentals along with business strategies to develop an effective arts therapy practice that is profitable while affording ethical care to those who need it most.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.06in x 6.46in / 230mm x 164mm, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-628-1
2017, ePUB, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-219-5
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When you think of arts therapy, you don't often associate the practice with profit; however, ethical economic models are essential in allowing clients the most access to arts therapy services. Art therapists don't generally have formal training in economics, which can be challenging when developing their professional services. This book offers the fundamentals of micro and macro economics that apply to creating a sustainable and ethical business model that supports the development of the arts therapies profession worldwide.

Through economic theory and international case studies, the authors consider the business side of therapeutic arts service with recommendations for developing an ethical and sustainable practice. With key insights and informative examples, this book will serve as a guide for small business owners looking to develop their arts therapy practice.


'This book provides new and much-needed perspectives on the value of creative arts therapies. It challenges assumptions that have led arts therapists to feel uncomfortable about the exchange of money for service. It does this by providing inspiring examples and business models that show why the time has come to significantly expand ways of providing services to the people whose health and wellbeing we care about.'
- Professor Katrina McFerran, Head of Music Therapy at The University of Melbourne, Australia

'For all arts therapies today it's a fact that funding comes and goes - seeking out new work demands new skills to stay afloat. Thomas and Abad in The Economics of Therapy take these challenges head on, providing support and guidance to assist therapists' quality of care giving, survival and prosperity.'
- Stephen Sandford MBA, Strategic Lead & Professional Head of Arts Therapies, East London NHS Foundation Trust

'I would recommend this book to training arts therapists and practicing arts therapists. However, the book's usefulness is not limited to arts therapists as it would be useful reading for other practitioners wishing to build a business. [...] I have found some useful advice and plenty of food for thought for my own business.'
- Christine Northey, Journal of Holistic Healthcare