Eating disorders are of increasing concern in the medical and psychiatric professions. Growing awareness that the arts therapies have something unique and positive to offer led to the publication of this book by experts in all areas of the arts therapies. The symptoms and aetiology ascribed to such disorders and the treatment methods prescribed to clients are discussed, and the chapters go on to focus on the use of specific arts therapies within this area, including discussions of the theoretical models they are based on, the methodologies used and the as yet small amount of research that has been completed.
The book includes illustrations and poems by Elise Warriner whose own experience with serious food problems led her to communicate her experiences through word and image. Much of her work is focused on trying to make people look at food in a different light. The book's illustrations include Table Setting, shown on the cover, which illustrates the frustration of anorexics when faced with the necessity of eating. The table setting is made of liquidised paper and fruit skins.
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Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. 'Fragile board'; arts therapies in the treatment of clients suffering from eating disorders, Ditty Dokter. 2. 'Anger is red'; a user's account, Elise Warriner. Art Therapy 3. The picture as transactional object in the treatment of anorexia, Joy Schaverien. 4. 'Bringing the man into the room'; art therapy groupwork with women with compulsive eating problems, Mary Jayne Rust. 5. The mental double trap of the anorexic patient: the use of art therapy techniques to facilitate psychic change, Paola Luzzatto. 6. 'The power of food': some explorations and transcultural experiences in relation to eating disorders, Diane Waller. Dramatherapy 7. A Dramatherapy case history: an anorectic response to an incomplete 'rite of passage', Sue Jennings. 8. Dramatherapy in short-term groupwork with women with bulimia, Maggie Young. 9. The use of dramatherapy in the treatment of eating disorders: a developing Dutch method, Astrid Jacobse. 10. Experiential training for staff working with eating disorders, Linda Winn. Psychodrama 11. Psychodrama with eating disordered patients. The use of concrete metaphors for the body, Mary Levens. 12. The use of psychodrama in the field of bulimia, Sandra Jay. Dance Movement Therapy 13. A new way of working with body image in therapy, incorporating dance movement therapy methodology, Sally Totenbier. 14. Eating distress, women and integrative movement psychotherapy, Helen Payne. Music Therapy 15. Towards autonomy and a sense of self: music therapy and the individuation process in relation to children and adolescents with early onset anorexia nervosa, Jacqueline Robarts. 16. Individual music therapy with anorexic and bulimic patients, Ann Sloboda. 17. Sexual abuse and eating disorders: a possible connection indicated through music therapy?, Penny Rogers. 18. The development of symbolic function in a young woman with Down's syndrome, Margaret Heal.