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Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations

Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations

Crossing Cultures and Abilities

Paula Howie, Sangeeta Prasad, and Jennie Kristel Foreword by Mercedes B. ter Maat and Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro

Quick Overview

With contributions from experienced art therapists who have worked in diverse environments around the world, this book provides readers with a better understanding of how to adapt art therapy training and approaches to suit the settings and meet the needs of distinct populations.
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Paperback / softback
2013, 9.69in x 6.81in / 246mm x 173mm, 424pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-916-9
£29.99
Ebook
2013, ePUB, 424pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-694-3
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£29.99

Description

Whether working in urban areas with high levels of cultural diversity, providing art therapy to 'unique' populations such as prisoners or asylum seekers, or introducing art therapy programs to parts of the world in which it is not yet established, it is essential that therapists understand the importance of practicing in a culturally sensitive manner. This comprehensive book considers how culture impacts the practice of art therapy in a variety of settings.

With contributions from experienced art therapists who have worked in diverse environments, this book attempts to understand and highlight the specific cultural, subcultural and ethnic influences that inform art therapy treatment. It addresses variable factors including setting, population, environment and ability, and how they influence art therapy approaches. It also considers how cultural differences can impact physical art making through choices of color, symbol and metaphor. Each chapter provides a framework showing how art therapy techniques have been used in order to successfully work with distinct populations. This book will provide practitioners with ideas for how to adapt art therapy training and approaches to suit the setting and meet the needs of a vast range of populations.

Full of informative case studies, this book will be invaluable reading for art therapists and students of art therapy.

Reviews

'Practitioners will find this a solid reference filled with insights on how this therapy is worked in different settings.'
- Midwest Book Reivew

'“This is a long-overdue book, and one that I hope will be read by all who want to help others through art around the world. It offers a splendid introduction to a wide variety of ways of thinking about and working with people from different cultural backgrounds. The diverse authors with their multifaceted orientations bring the concepts of multicultural competence and sensitivity alive in a most inclusive, insightful, and wonderful way.”'
- Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, President of Expressive Media, Inc. and Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, USA