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Art Therapy and Postmodernism: Creative Healing Through a Prism
Edited by Helene Burt | Foreword by Joy Schaverien
Jessica Kingsley / Softcover / Oct 2011
9781849052535 (ISBN-10: 1849052530)
Expressive Arts Therapies / Toronto-Area Authors
price: $53.95
400 pages
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This comprehensive book brings together the voices of international art therapists with diverse backgrounds and experiences and asks them to consider the role of postmodernism in their understanding of art therapy. These practitioners share a common postmodern belief that art is a unique way of expressing and mediating the human condition and that art therapy should not be a diagnostic tool but a collaborative healing process between the therapist and the client. Drawing on psychotherapy, aesthetics and philosophy, the contributors present current practice, research and case studies and show the many directions and possibilities of postmodern art therapy.

This book is an important addition to art therapy theory and will be a crucial text for all art therapy students, academics, researchers and practitioners.

--- from the publisher


'This book takes us into a new era, contextualising current practice and research, at the beginning of the 21st century... [This is] a vividly illustrated and culturally relevant book which is a vibrant celebration of the art in art therapy. It will make a welcome contribution to the literature in this expanding field.'

- From the foreword by Prof. Joy Schaverien Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and Art Psychotherapist, UK


Foreword: Current Trends and New Research in Art Therapy: A Post Modern Perspective by Joy Schaverien, Jungian Analyst and Art Psychotherapist, UK. Introduction by Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada.

Part I. Postmodern Art Therapy Practice. 1. Multiple Perspectives; Art Therapy, Post Modernism and Feminism. Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada. 2. Seeing the Whole Picture: A Culturally-Sensitive Art Therapy Approach to Address Depression amongst Ethnically-diverse Women. Anu Lala, Art Therapist, Women's Health in Women's Hands, Canada. 3. Earthworks: Emergence of Personal Healing and Social Activism; The Power of Postmodernism Integrated with Arts Therapies. Gillian Vellet, Art Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Biodanza Dance Movement Facilitator, Canada. 4. Post-Modernist but Not Post-Feminist! A Feminist Post-Modernist Approach to Working with New Mothers. Susan Hogan. 5. Contemporary Art Therapy with Transient Youth. Annette Coulter, Art Therapist, Art Educator and author, Centre for Art Therapy Studies, Australia.

Part II. Postmodern Art Therapy Practice in the Community and Globally. 6. The "Five and Dime": Developing a Community's Access to Art-based Research. Janis Timm Bottos, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Concordia University, Canada. 7. Out of the Fire: Women Survivors of Violence Use Clay as a Medium for Social Change. Suzanne Thomson. 8. Seeds of Hope: Art Therapy in Culturally Diverse Contexts in Bolivia; Supporting the Development of Integrated Educational, Cultural and Economic Strategies. Marcelle Edwards, CUSO Canada.

Part III. Postmodern Art Therapy Research. 9. Art Therapy Research for Cancer Symptom Management; A Postmodern Perspective. Nancy Nainis, Art Therapist and Psychotherapist, USA. 10. Chaos and Meaning; Form and Content in the Scribble Process. Mehdi Naimi, Visual Artist and Art and Play Therapist, Canada. 11. Phenomenological Research and Combined Art Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Adults. Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Alberta Creative Arts Therapy Center, Canada. 12. Towards Babel: Language and Translation in Art Therapy. Jamie Bird, University of Derby, UK. 13. Witnessing and Visibility: The Experience of Self During the Recovery Process of Six Women with a History of Child Sexual Abuse Who Utilized Art Therapy in Their Recovery Processes. Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada.

Part IV. Postmodern Art Therapy Theory and Epistemology. 14. Aesthetic Listening: A Reggio Inspired Studio Research Paradigm for Art Therapy. Shelly Goebl-Parker, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Research Partner of the St. Louis Reggio Collaborative, USA. 15. The Art Therapy Assemblage. Pamela Whitaker. 16. When the Image Strikes: Postmodern Thinking and Epistemology in Art Therapy. Josée Leclerc, Associate Professor and Director of the Art Therapy Graduate Program, Concordia University, Canada. Contributors. Index.

About the Editor:

Helene Burt is Executive Director of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She earned her Doctorate of Arts in Art Therapy from New York University in 1999. She has worked as an art therapist and family therapist for over 25 years in Calgary, New York City and Toronto. She is the editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Journal.

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