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Art Therapy with Military Veterans
Trauma and the Image

Edited By

Janice Lobban

ISBN 9781138654549
Published October 4, 2017 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Art Therapy with Military Veterans: Trauma and the Image provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and applying art therapy with former and serving armed forces personnel who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This book brings together experienced contributors in one volume to provide the range of information essential to those seeking to understand the complexities of working in this context.

In recent years, art therapy has received increasing attention as a promising treatment for veterans with PTSD. This cutting-edge book provides vital background information on PTSD, military culture and mental health provision, and an effective art therapy working model. The text explores creative partnerships with other disciplines, in different settings, and includes first-hand accounts from veterans about the role art therapy has played in their recovery. This accessible book is a timely response to growing recognition of the value of art therapy with veterans, and it also addresses issues relevant to the wider population of people whose lives have been detrimentally affected by trauma.

With chapters authored by leading clinicians in this field, Art Therapy with Military Veterans: Trauma and the Image will be of interest to all art therapists and mental health professionals working with traumatised veterans.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Art therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
1. The development and practice of art therapy with military veterans
Janice Lobban

2. An Army Reservist’s story
Clement Boland

3. The biological basis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and recovery
Kathy Kravits

Part 2: The British Forces
4. Mental health treatment for serving UK military personnel
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

5. Military culture effects on mental health and help-seeking
Dr Walter Busuttil

6. Coming home
Robert Bieber, Michael Sterba and Christine Sterba

Part 3: Current approaches to art therapy with veterans in the UK
7. An adaptive art therapy model for working with traumatised veterans
Janice Lobban, Kirsty Mackay, Mark Redgrave, Sandya Rajagopal

8. In two minds
Janice Lobban

9. Trauma and dissociation – an insider’s view
Richard Kidgell

10. Bypassing the sentinel
Janice Lobban

11. Research and evaluation
Alison Smith and Janice Lobban

Part 3: Taking a wider perspective
12. Cultural collaborations
Janice Lobban and Liz Ellis

13. Art in action – the Combat Art Project
Jon England, Tim Martin and Stuart Rosamond

14. Reclaiming life through art
David Murtagh and Janice Lobban


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Janice Lobban is Senior Art Psychotherapist at Combat Stress. She has specialised in military trauma for over 16 years, and has lectured on the subject in London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, St Petersburg and New York.