Since 1978, Judith Aron Rubin's Child Art Therapy has become the classic text for conducting art therapy with children. Twenty-five years later, the book still stands as the reference for mental health professionals who incorporate art into their practice. Now, with the publication of this fully updated and revised Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, which includes a DVD that illustrates art therapy techniques in actual therapy settings, this pioneering guide is available to train, inform, and inspire a new generation of art therapists and those seeking to introduce art therapy into their clinical practice.
The text illustrates how to:
Set the conditions for creative growth, assess progress, and set goals for therapy
Use art in individual, group, and family situations, including parent-child pairings, mothers' groups, and adolescent groups
Work with healthy children and those with disabilities
Guide parents through art and play
Talk about art work and encourage art production
Decode nonverbal messages contained in art and the art-making process
Use scribbles, drawings, stories, poems, masks, and other methods to facilitate expression
Understand why and how art therapy works
Along with the useful techniques and activities described, numerous case studies taken from Rubin's years of practice add a vital dimension to the text, exploring how art therapy works in the real world of children's experience. Original artwork from clients and the author illuminate the material throughout. Written by an internationally recognized art therapist, Child Art Therapy, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition is a comprehensive guide for learning about, practicing, and refining child art therapy.
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Preface: 25th Anniversary Edition.
Changes in Art Therapy and Mental Health.
Changes in Organization and Content of the Book.
PART I: The Context.
1. Roots: Personal and Professional.
2. A Framework for Freedom.
3. Understanding Development in Art.
4. A Picture of the Therapeutic Process.
5. Some Ways to Facilitate Expression.
PART II: The Individual.
6. An Individual Art Evaluation.
7. Decoding Symbolic Messages.
8. Some Case Studies.
9. Case Illustration: Understanding and Helping.
PART III: The Family and the Group.
10. A Family Art Evaluation.
11. Family Art Therapy.
12. Art Therapy with Parents.
13. Group Art Therapy.
14. Multimodality Group Therapy.
PART IV: Art Therapy for Disabled Children.
15. Art as Therapy for Children with Disabilities.
16. Art Therapy with Disabled Children and Their Parents.
PART V: Art as Therapy for Everyone.
17. Helping the Normal Child through Art.
18. Helping Parents through Art and Play.
PART VI: General Issues.
19. What Child Art Therapy Is and Who Can Do It.
20. Why and How the Art Therapist Helps.
21. How the Art Therapist Learns through Research.
A Cautionary Note.
About the DVD.
About the Author
Judith Aron Rubin, PHD, ATR-BC, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is a former president of the American Art Therapy Association, the author of five books, and the creator of five teaching films. She consults, lectures, and gives workshops across the country as well as abroad, and is preparing a series of art therapy teaching tapes for students and professionals.