Action Therapy With Families and Groups introduces clinicians to innovative therapeutic options that can be used with families and groups: action methods or therapy approaches involving physical movement and expressive arts techniques. These methods provide clients and therapists new ways of both looking at problems and discovering solutions to these problems and are thus especially appropriate to skills training, role development and expansion, relationship enhancement, and short-term treatment with groups, couples, and families.
Contributors provide a brief overview of featured action methods and illustrate the application of their particular method to specific therapy cases, discussing the rationale behind their clinical choices and how they handled any special challenges or complications. Chapters illustrate family therapy that focuses on dealing with grief and loss, family reorganization, and the effects of trauma as well as group therapy approaches to the treatment of addictive and compulsive disorders, self-mutilation, substance abuse, autism, chronic mental illness, and career difficulties.
This book will appeal to students, educators, and mental health professionals looking for fresh approaches to working with their clients and ways to expand their therapeutic options.
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Table of Contents
* Dynamic Play With an Adoptive Family Struggling With Issues of Grief, Loss, and Adjustment
* Rescripting Family Dramas Using Psychodramatic Methods
—Linda K. Oxford and Daniel J. Wiener
* Use of Ceremony in Multiple Family Therapy for Psychological Trauma
—Hadar Lubin and David Read Johnson
* Rehearsals for Growth Applied to Substance Abuse Groups
—Charlotte A. Ramseur and Daniel J. Wiener
* Developmental Transformations in Group Therapy With Homeless People Who Are Mentally Ill
—Kimberly C. Galway, Kate Hurd, and David Read Johnson
* Group Art Therapy With Self-Destructive Young Women
—Barbara F. Cooper and Ilo B. Milton
* Using the Nordoff-Robbins Approach to Music Therapy With Adults Diagnosed With Autism
— Alan Turry and David Marcus
* Narradrama: A Narrative Action Approach With Groups