Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness: Nameless Dread, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness

Nameless Dread, 1st Edition

Edited by Diane Waller


226 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415219815
pub: 2002-08-08
SAVE ~$9.39
Hardback: 9780415219808
pub: 2002-08-15
SAVE ~$27.00
Currently out of stock
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203361061
pub: 2003-09-02
from $23.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness is a guide to the use of arts therapies in the treatment of patients with diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. In the last few years arts therapies have been used in an increasingly wide range of applications with new groups of patients, such as patients in palliative care, or with learning disabilities - Diane Waller has been a driving force behind this expansion.

This book covers treatment such as art therapy, dance movement therapy and music therapy. In addition to dealing with a wide range of debilitating diseases, it focuses on the issue of the care and treatment of dementia and the effects on patients, carers and staff and the role of the arts therapies in improving the quality of life for the increasing number of patients who will sadly develop this distressing illness.

This broadly focused, multi-disciplinary book will be of great interest to arts therapists, arts therapy educators, medical, social work and other staff who are concerned to devise care plans for these patients and their relatives.


'By a number of measures, this is an important and wide-ranging book. Ostensibly about dementia and the contribution that arts therapists can make to relieving the 'nameless dread' that lies behind dementia's implacable tread, a cursory reading will quickly reveal that topics broached extend far beyond these ostensible limits.' - From the foreword by Robin Higgins, former lecturer at Goldsmith's College and the Laban Centre for Dance and Movement, London

Table of Contents

Higgins, Foreword. Waller, Arts Therapies, Progressive Illness, Dementia - the Difficulty of Being. Evans, In the Waiting Room of the Grim Reaper. Bunce, The Living Death: Dance Movement Therapy with Parkinson's Patients. Cossio, Art Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Invalidating Conditions: From Parkinson's Disease to Alzheimer's. Magee, Case Studies in Huntington's Disease: Music Therapy Assessment and Treatment in the Early to Advanced Stages. Tyler, Art Therapy with Older Adults Clinically Diagnosed as Having Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias. Evans, Real World or Fantasy? Waller, Living with Dementia: Interview with Neil McArthur. Falk, A Narrowed Sense of Space: An Art Therapy Group with Young Alzheimer's Sufferers. Waller, Evaluating the Use of Art Therapy for Older People with Dementia: A Control Group Study. Waller, Changing the Context of Care: Opening up the System; Interview with Kamal Beeharee. Tingey, Art as a Therapy for Parkinson's. Jerrome, Circles of the Mind: The Use of Therapeutic Circle Dance with Older People with Dementia. Waller, Nameless Dread - A Carer's Story. Index.

About the Author/Editor

Diane Waller is Professor of Art Therapy at Goldsmith's College. Her previous publications include Becoming a Profession: The History of Art Therapy in Britain 1940-82 (1991), Group-Interactive Art Therapy (1993), and Treatment of Addiction (1998, co-edited with Jacqueline Mahony).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health