Art Therapy for Groups: A Handbook of Themes and Exercises, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Art Therapy for Groups

A Handbook of Themes and Exercises, 2nd Edition

By Marian Liebmann


366 pages

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Hardback: 9781583912171
pub: 2004-02-26
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Art Therapy for Groups provides detailed guidance on how to set up and run theme-based art therapy groups and discusses factors affecting different client groups.

The second half of the book consists of nearly 400 themes and practical exercises to use with groups, set out in sections ranging from personal work to group interactive exercises. This updated second edition includes:

* new material on race, culture and diversity

* a chapter on recording, evaluation and evidence-based practice

* a survey of literature on art therapy groups

* seventy new themes

* an updated international resources section.

Illustrated with line drawings and black-and-white photographs this book is an essential resource for people working with art therapy and personal art groups.


'An excellent, stimulating account by an experienced art therapist of how and with what result this approach may be used in groups.' - British Journal of Psychiatry

'This second edition has a fund of information for practicing art therapists and others that is invaluable. Being theme based like the first, it provides greater resources for almost any situations concerning working with groups… A list of resources, a comprehensive bibliography and links with other art therapy organizations in other countries gives this book a universial appeal. Most practitioners will benifit from having a copy on their book shelf.' - Kanta Walker, The Psychotherapist, Autumn 2004

'Liebmann's book remains the key text for art therapists, students and practitioners looking for infomation on practical ways of conducting groups.' Sonya Levin, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Table of Contents

Part 1: Art Therapy Groups. Art Therapy and Groupwork. Running a Group. Recording, Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice. Learning from Problems in Groups. An Example in Detail: The 'Friday Group'. Examples of Groups. Starting Points for Specific Client Groups. Part 2: Themes and Exercises. Introduction, Classification of Themes and Exercises. Checklist of Themes and Exercises. Warm-up Activities. Media Exploration. Concentration, Dexterity and Memory. General Themes. Self-perceptions. Family Relationships. Working in Pairs. Group Paintings. Group Interactive Exercises. Guided Imagery, Visualisations, Dreams and Meditations. Links with Other Arts. Media Cross-reference. Media Notes. Resources.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group