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Art Therapy and Health Care

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ISBN 9781462507160
Published March 14, 2013 by Guilford Press
388 Pages

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Book Description

Demonstrating the benefits of creative expression for patients living with acute or chronic illness, this volume provides a complete, practical introduction to medical art therapy. It presents evidence-based strategies for helping people of all ages--from young children to older adults--cope with physical and cognitive symptoms, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life. The book includes detailed case material and 110 illustrations. It describes ways to work with individuals and groups with specific health conditions and challenges, as well as their family members. Contributors are experienced art therapists who combine essential knowledge with in-depth clinical guidance.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Art Therapy in Health Care Settings, Cathy A. Malchiodi
I. Art Therapy with Child and Adolescent Patients
1. Adaptive Art Therapy with Children Who Have Physical Challenges and Chronic Medical Issues, Pamela Ullmann
2. Understanding Children’s Drawings in Medical Settings, Margaret Carpenter Arnett and Cathy A. Malchiodi
3. Art Therapy and Child Life: An Integrated Approach to Psychosocial Care with Pediatric Oncology Patients, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Ellen Goldring
4. Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents Who Have Epilepsy, Janice Havlena and Carl E. Stafstrom
5. Art Therapy with Children Who Have Asthma, Anya Beebe
6. Expressive Arts with Grieving Children, Rebekah Near
7. Digital Art Therapy with Hospitalized Children, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Emily R. Johnson
II. Art Therapy with Adult Patients
8. Art Therapy as a Form of Visual Narrative in Oncology Care, Jill V. McNutt
9. Using Imagery to Address Physical and Psychological Trauma, Ephrat Huss and Orly Sarid
10. Expressive Arts and Breast Cancer: Restoring Femininity, Fiona Chang
11. Healing across Cultures: Arts in Health Care with American Indian and Alaska Native Cancer Survivors, Elizabeth Warson
12. In Body and Soul: Art Therapy with Socially Excluded People Living with HIV and AIDS, Marta Tagarro and Susana Catarino
13. Art Therapy with HIV-Positive/AIDS Patients, Luis Formaiano
14. Art Therapy and Hemodialysis: Coping Creatively with Kidney Failure, Rachel C. Schreibman
15. Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy with People Who Have Chronic Illnesses, Laury Rappaport
16. Art Therapy and Medical Rehabilitation with Adults, Marcia Weisbrot
17. Art Therapy, Creative Apperception, and Rehabilitation from Traumatic Brain Injury, Margaret M. McGuinness and Kathy J. Schnur
18. Art Therapy with Patients Who Have Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Angel C. Duncan
III. Art Therapy with Groups and Families
19. An Open Art Studio Model, Jill V. McNutt
20. Young Adult Bereavement Art Group, Hannah K. Hunter, Donald Lewis, and Catherine Donovan
21. Bringing the Family into Medical Art Therapy, Elizabeth Sanders Martin
22. Beyond the Patient: Art and Creativity for Staff, Management, Executives, and Organizational Change, Deborah Koff-Chapin
IV. Professional Issues in Art Therapy and Health Care
23. Patient Art Exhibitions in Health Care Settings, Emily R. Johnson
24. Art Therapy Interventions with Clinical Supervision Groups in a Pediatric Health Care Setting, Shari L. Racut
25. Physiological Measures in Evidence-Based Art Therapy Research, Elizabeth Warson and John Lorance
Ethical Standards
Cultural Considerations for Art Therapy in Health Care Settings
Art Materials and Medical Settings: Safety and Infection Control

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Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist specializing in trauma recovery. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, which trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Dr. Malchiodi has given more than 500 presentations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, including Understanding Children’s Drawings and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions, and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for


From practical tips for setting up an open studio to guidance on interpreting clients' art, this is a great reference for both new and experienced art therapists. Up-to-date, useful information is provided on working with clients with a wide array of medical diagnoses. The inclusion of cutting-edge outcomes research is a treasure--exactly what art therapists need to advocate for their work! This book will be a welcome resource for art therapy training programs.--Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC, Program Director, Tracy's Kids Art Therapy, Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital

Malchiodi and her expert contributors tackle both complex and everyday issues involved in working with pediatric and adult patients, their families, and members of the health care team. The book's comprehensive coverage of art therapy in today's health care environment includes fresh, up-to-the-minute topics such as digital art therapy with hospitalized children. Practical case examples and scenarios bring each chapter to life. Truly a gem of a book.--Judy Rollins, PhD, RN, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Editor, Pediatric Nursing

An outstanding, comprehensive resource. Chapters cover a broad range of health issues in pediatric and adult populations, detailing ways to implement art therapy approaches and addressing professional issues for art therapists in medical settings. Research evidence provided in the book supports the idea that art therapy can be a powerful antidote for the many emotional challenges associated with medical problems.--Robin L. Gabriels, PsyD, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver

This timely volume highlights how art therapists can work collaboratively with health care practitioners to have a positive impact on patients' well-being. The book includes strong vignettes, clearly delineated therapeutic goals, and research findings on populations that have typically been underrepresented in the art therapy literature. An emphasis on the need for evidence-based inquiry is apparent throughout. This is an important resource for both practicing art therapists and graduate students. Coverage of common debates in the field--such as the pros and cons of technology in art therapy practice and ethical considerations in displaying patient artwork--will make for stimulating classroom discussions.--Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Director, Art Therapy Master's Program, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis-