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New Developments in Expressive Arts Therapy

New Developments in Expressive Arts Therapy

The Play of Poiesis

Edited by Ellen G. Levine and Stephen K. Levine

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With contributions from well-known, international arts therapists, this collection considers the development and expansion of the field of expressive arts. It covers new theoretical concepts and practice introduced in recent years and reflects on their relevance to the fields of therapy, education, research and social and ecological change.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.06in x 5.91in / 230mm x 150mm, 344pp
ISBN: 9781785922473
2017, ePUB, 344pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-532-5
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This collection reflects on the theory and application of expressive arts today in therapy, education, research and social and ecological change.

Bringing the understanding of expressive arts into its contemporary theoretical framework, the book reveals the expansion of the field from its initial focus on therapy alone into a diverse range of other areas of interest to therapists, educators, researchers and those interested in working for social and ecological change. The book also contains a selection of discursive writing, poetry and visual art, highlighting the importance of keeping artistic creativity at the heart of the field.

With contributions from pioneering arts therapists, this will be vital reading for arts therapists and students in the field today.


'In an age that sees too many therapists and counselors writing in strings of buzzwords and trendy movements, the contributors to this book remind us there are deeper currents that bind us in our common work. From time to time artist/therapists need to rejoice in the human, and soulful nature of making art in the service of healing. This book may provide opportunities for many to pause, take stock, and rejoice.'
- Bruce L. Moon, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor, Art Therapy Department, Mount Mary University

'Expressive arts therapy is rapidly emerging as a mainstream approach in psychotherapy and healthcare. This volume vividly illustrates leading-edge expressive arts applications while providing important historical foundations of this field. Readers will be inspired by the authors' wisdom and insights on theory and practice of expressive arts in mental health, education, research and community work.'
- Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, Executive Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

'Ellen and Stephen Levine have given birth to an anthology of breadth and depth, of ideas and revelations. The writers are carefully chosen to open up the boundaries and conversations regarding expressive therapy, a discipline more needed than ever in a broken world in denial of history and in need of direction. The Levines offer a blueprint for repair, a poiesis in itself, something new and playful and powerful.'
- Robert Landy, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, Founding Director, Drama Therapy Program, New York University