1st Edition

Art Therapy with Children From Infancy to Adolescence

Edited By Caroline Case, Tessa Dalley Copyright 2008
    296 Pages 16 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 16 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art Therapy with Children: From Infancy to Adolescence takes the reader through the child’s development by describing the specialist work of the art therapist in each developmental stage. This passionate and exciting book demonstrates the wide theoretical base of art therapy presenting new areas of clinical practice.

    New to the literature is innovative work with mothers and babies, a study of the sibling bond in looked after children, trans-generational work in kinship fostering, gender disorder and multi-family work with anorexic young people.

    The detail of clinical process brings alive the significance of the relationship between the art therapist, child and the art forms made. More general topics include:

    • the value of art for the pre-verbal child
    • the preventative role of art therapy in schools.
    • the development of imagination in ‘hard to reach’ and dyspraxic children
    • the importance of working with the family and professional network in the different settings of health, social services, education and voluntary sector.

    Art Therapy with Children: From Infancy to Adolescence will inspire the student, encourage the clinician and interest an international readership of all professionals working with children and young people.

    Hall, Painting Together. An Art Therapy Approach to Mother –Infant Relationships. O’Brien, Attachment Patterns Through the Generations: Internal and External Homes. Boronska, ‘I’m the King of the Castle’. The Sibling Bond: Art Therapy Groups with Siblings in Care. Dalley, The Use of Clay as a Medium for Working through Loss and Separation in the Case of Two Latency Boys. Reddick, Working with the Whole Class in Primary Schools. Case, Playing Ball  - Oscillations Within the Potential Space. Patterson, From Beanie to Boy. Damarell, Paisley, Growing Up Can Be So Hard To Do: The Role of Art Therapy During Crucial Life Transitions and Change in the Lives of Children with Learning Disabilities. Retford-Muir, Gender Disorder in the Treatment of a Young Person in Care. Tipple, Paranoia and Paracosms – Brief Art Therapy with a Youngster with Asperger’s Syndrome. Welsby, Seen and Unseen: Art Therapy in a Girls’ Comprehensive School. Dalley, I wonder if I Exist?: A Multi-family Approach to the Treatment of Anorexia in Adolescence. Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Other People Have a Secret That I Do Not Know’ Art Psychotherapy in Private Practice with an Adolescent Girl with Asperger’s Syndrome.


    Caroline Case is an Analytical Art Therapist working in private practice with children and adults. She is also a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working in a child and family mental health service in the NHS in Bristol.

    Tessa Dalley is an experienced Art Therapist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, working in an adolescent unit and the Anna Freud Centre, London.

    Previous joint publications: Working with Children in Art Therapy (Routledge 1990) and the Handbook of Art Therapy, 2nd edition (Routledge 2006)

    "This fascinating book brings art therapy with children bang up to date. Leading practitioners show how the discipline and its practices have developed and moved into all sectors of health, social and educational provision, and describe innovative practice across the developmental range of childhood and adolescence. The editors and their contributors make important contributions to theory that come alive through moving and thoughtful casework. Together they make a significant contribution to the evidence base of art therapy with children and adolescence." Andrea Gilroy, Reader in Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

    "I would recommend this book as a timely expansion of research into art therapy, but also as a useful reference point for dramatherapists, who will find many of the skills described as transferable." - Ann Dix, Dramatherapy, Vol. 30, No. 2, Autumn 2008