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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy
Kossak, Mitchell
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2015-03-01 / 0398081360
Expressive Arts Therapies
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184 pages
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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy addresses how the arts can be applied therapeutically for mental, emotional and spiritual health. The therapeutic practices offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, relationships, groups, and communities. Specific topics include: the contexts of attunement in the arts and therapy, tuning in to embodied creative intelligence, attunement and improvisation, rhythm and resonance, and the sense of balance achieved through affective sensory states. Each chapter clearly articulates how to utilize the arts to tune in to self, other, and a larger sacred presence. The poignant stories from the author's 35 years as an artist and therapist allows the reader to experience how the arts have been used throughout history to maintain healthy physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Spontaneity, heightened sensitivity to inner states, deep connectivity to self and other, and an awareness of energetic and embodied shifts in consciousness are explored. This book will be an excellent resource for those interested in learning how to engage with individuals and communities in order to address complex life challenges.


Foreword by Shaun McNiff

1. Contexts of Attunement in the Arts and Therapy
Opening Doors for People with Autism through the Arts:
A Research Project
Notes from the Field

2. Tuning in the Embodied Creative Intelligence
Play and Artisitic Intelligence
Embodied Intelligence
The Arts and Awakening
Notes from the Field
A Research Study

3. Attunement and Improvisation: Embracing the Unknown, Rehearsals for Life
Improvisation and Expressive Arts
The Depth Psychology of Improvisation
Notes from the Field
Rock and Roll at Danvers State Hospital
Drama at New England Medical Center
Free Jazz at the Berkeley College of Music

4. Rhythm and Resonance: Deep Connections to Self, Other and Universal Consciousness 93
Cymatics and Entrainment
Interpersonal Attunement
Mirror Neuron System
Rhythm and Altered States of Consciousness
Collective Rhythmic Resonance
Notes from the Field
Rhythmic Rupture and Repair
Healing Collective Resonance in Belfast, Ireland

5. Attunement to Individual, Group and Community Trauma
Notes from the Field
Individual Trauma
When Crisis Affects the Group and the Therapist
Art and Memory in Latin America

6. Tuning In


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