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Art Therapy and Substance Abuse

Art Therapy and Substance Abuse

Enabling Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction

Libby Schmanke

Quick Overview

This book provides art therapists with specific information on substance abuse treatment approaches and explains the bio-psycho-social aspects of addiction. By providing insight into the unique challenges of this client group, it gives art therapists the knowledge and confidence to develop effective interventions for individuals with addictions.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.98in x 5.94in / 228mm x 151mm, 264pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-734-9
2017, ePUB, 264pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-118-1
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Art therapy is an effective treatment for individuals with addictions. Working with this unique and often difficult clinical population, however, requires special therapist awareness and knowledge. This handbook provides an in-depth foundation of knowledge for art therapists working with clients with addictions.

Drawing on many years' experience working with this population, Libby Schmanke provides valuable insight into this client group and explains how to ensure therapeutic interventions remain personalized and effective, while also meeting program needs. With case vignettes throughout, the book covers everything from common treatment models and how art therapy can be incorporated within them, to the bio-psycho-social aspects of addiction and how to handle a lack of cooperation or resistance to therapy.


'This is the book I wished had existed when I started as an art therapist in addictions thirty years ago. A highly experienced practitioner shows how contemporary biopsychosocial-based theory can be grounded in the real-world complexities of practice. I learned new things here and my recommendation is whether you are new or already working in this field, read this book.'
- Dr Neil Springham, consultant grade art therapist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, UK

'Rich in content and thoughtfully presented, Art Therapy and Substance Abuse will fast become the go-to book for clinicians, educators and students working with the population. A seasoned clinician and gifted author, Libby Schmanke has succeeded in capturing the art therapy and substance abuse field with her comprehensive, contemporary, inspirational and practical text.'
- Holly Feen-Calligan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Art Therapy Program, Wayne State University

'A recognized expert in the disciplines of art therapy and substance abuse treatment, Libby Schmanke has delivered a much-needed and beautifully written text introducing art therapy with individuals with substance use problems. Schmanke's thoughtfully presented case studies, collected and analyzed during decades of clinical and academic practice, inform theoretical constructs, clinical applications, and art-based interventions; this book is a must-read for art therapists, related professionals, and graduate students.'
- Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Professor and Director, Emporia State University Art Therapy Program and Board of Directors, American Art Therapy Association

'Drawing extensively upon substantial literature and her own personal, professional and clinical experiences, Libby Schmanke has provided what I strongly believe will be the quintessential text on art therapy in treating people with alcohol and substance addictions. From theories to assessments to interventions, Schmanke has confirmed the power that art has in treating, supporting and empowering these oft-stigmatized, vulnerable people.'
- Dave Gussak, PhD, ATR-BC, Florida State University, Professor, Art Therapy/Chair, Department of Art Education


By (author): Libby Schmanke