1st Edition

Art Therapy with Military Veterans Trauma and the Image

Edited By Janice Lobban Copyright 2018
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    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.