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Creative Therapy : 52 Exercises for Individuals and Groups
Jane Dossick, BS and Eugene Shea, MSW, LCSW
Professional Resource Press / Softcover / Jan 2006
9781568871035 (ISBN-10: 1568871031)
Expressive Arts Therapies / Group Psychotherapy
price: $44.95
118 pages
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An excellent new addition to the bestselling Creative Therapy series. This volume contains 52 new therapeutic exercises complete with illustrations that may be photocopied for use with adults, children, and adolescents in both individual and group sessions. Each exercise includes complete directions for the therapist. The exercises are designed to help clients express thoughts and feelings and develop interactive skills, and to motivate clients to engage in the therapeutic process. When used in group settings, the exercises promote group cohesiveness. These exercises have been proved effective with both individuals and groups in mental health programs, nursing homes, extended care facilities, day treatment, inpatient psychiatric units, special education programs, support groups, and more.

Printed in an 8½" x 11" format with flexible binding to facilitate photocopying for use with your clients.

--- from the publisher


"A picture may be worth a thousand words,' but in their newest book Dossick and Shea demonstrate again the importance of pictures and words in helping clients discover and express their feelings, fears, and concerns. The authors have created an inventive series of 52 structured exercises, intending these as tools which can be used within other therapies to foster and extend curiosity about and awareness of one's self and other people. This lively, sensitive guide is designed to aid therapists, counselors, and group leaders in a wide range of therapeutic settings. It will be especially important in work with clients who, because of age or diagnostic limitations, may have difficulty finding the words they need to tell their stories."
-Jean Petrucelli, PhD, Director and Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions& Addictions Service, The William Alanson White Institute, New York City

Table of Contents:


The Exercises:
Lost in the Crowd / The Privacy Issue / Oh No - Another Argument / A New Friend / No Time for Me / The Treasure Chest / Some Places That Make Us Feel Nervous / Mountains Out of Molehills / My Little Village / Crisis and Change / Goals Within Your Reach / Not Getting My Way / My Dream House / Siblings in the Spotlight / Imaginary Time Travel / A Helping Hand / The Safety Game / Looking Up to Others / Calendar of Special Events / A Talk Show / The Trophy / Select a Mask / Money Can Only Go So Far / The One-Way Mirror / Feelings About School / The Desert Island / The Shout and the Whisper / What Scares Us the Most? / A Day Together / The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room / Giving to Others / A View From the Tree House / Total Control / The Video Camera / On a Roll / The Dinner of a Lifetime / Honest Feedback / The Schoolyard Hero / Who Spilled the Beans? / I'm Really Angry / Recipe for Friendship / Problem-Solving Skills / The View From My Room / Well Done! / Keeping Our Distance / The Blindfold / The Winning Ticket / Big Trouble Ahead / The Opposite Man / The Garden / Gone But Not Forgotten / The Anonymous Letter

About the Authors:

Jane Dossick, BS, has more than 32 years of experience with diverse patient populations, including the geriatric and chronically ill, and has also worked with groups of physically disabled young adults to aid them in making the often difficult transition from a lengthy hospitalization to community life. As Activities Therapist with the Psychiatric Daily Group Program, a part of the Department of Psychiatry of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, she has developed and implemented a variety of innovative approaches to various group therapies. In her work, she emphasizes the creative arts as a therapeutic tool in helping patients to more freely express themselves. She served as coproducer of The P.O.W., a motion picture dealing with the plight of disabled Vietnam veterans. Ms. Dossick and Mr. Shea have coauthored the bestselling Creative Therapy series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), published by Professional Resource Press.

Eugene Shea, MSW, LCSW, is Program Director of the Consultation Center Continuing Day Treatment Program at Transitional Services for New York, Inc. (TSI). There he continues to develop innovative techniques for engaging both psychiatric and dually diagnosed clients. He has held day treatment supervisory positions at such locations as Psychiatric and Addictions Recovery Services (PARS) in Queens, New York, and Coler Memorial Hospital, New York City. Mr. Shea has used individual and group modalities both to treat substance abusers at Jewish Community Services of Long Island, and in the treatment of psychiatric outpatients at Rockaway Mental Health Center. Through his experience at the Kingston Learning Center, he developed many innovative methods for working with learning disabled children; at Maimonides Institute, he continued this work with developmentally disabled children. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and continues to develop his artistic skills in the areas of painting and illustration.

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