Arts Therapies and the Mental Health of Children and Young People : Contemporary Research, Theory and Practice, Volume 1 book cover
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Arts Therapies and the Mental Health of Children and Young People
Contemporary Research, Theory and Practice, Volume 1

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ISBN 9781032011578
May 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Arts Therapies and The Mental Health of Children and Young People presents innovative research and practice in the arts therapies. It draws on different cultural contexts and developmental age groups and illustrates how art, music, drama, dance movement or play therapists have worked therapeutically in response to children’s and young people’s needs.

The book represents an acknowledgement of the high rates of mental disorders in children and young people and addresses this topical subject. Presenting an array of responses from arts therapists working with children and young people in nine different contexts and countries, the book highlights the importance of each specific art form in its therapeutic context. Chapters show how the expressive potential and appeal of the arts when facilitated within the therapeutic relationship is crucial in fostering hope in the future and the capacity for trust in self and others.

This book will be of great interest to arts therapists as well as academics and post graduate students in the fields of arts therapies, social work, psychotherapy, health psychology and education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Arts Therapies and the mental health in children and young people: an introduction

Margaret Hills de Zarate, Uwe Herrmann and Salvatore Pitruzzella

Chapter 1 Building Resilience through Play Psychotherapy for Year 6 Pupils Transitioning into Secondary School

Di Gammage

Chapter 2: A Music-Oriented Parent Counselling Model for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

Dr. Tali Gottfried

Chapter 3: ‘What are these irruptions of the spirit?’ - Exploring (the elusive) therapeutic properties of puppetry and puppet-craft within dramatherapy clinical practice with children and adolescents.

Daniel Stolfi

Chapter 4: Dance Movement Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Rosemarie Samaritter

Chapter 5: On Using Participatory Ethnography to Explore the Relevance of Cultural Arts Practices to the Psychosocial Wellbeing of Adolescents Affected by Violence in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sarah Soo Hon

Chapter 6 : How Mowgli got to Drive a Precious Car: Dance Movement Therapy in a Centre for Young Offenders

Maika Campo and Heidrun Panhofer

Chapter 7: From Emptiness to Symbol: Researching the Congenitally Blind Child in Music Therapy

Heike Wrogemann

Chapter 8: Drama, Youth, and Change: The Dramatic Self Hypothesis as a Tool to Understand Personality Disorders in Adolescence

Salvo Pitruzzella

Chapter 9: An Art Therapy Clinic for Children with Heart Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Sheena McGregor, Karen McLeod and Michael Morton



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Uwe Herrmann is a Professor on the MA Art Therapy programme at Weissensee University of Art Berlin, Germany. He has published extensively in the field of art therapy.

Margaret Hills de Zárate is an art therapist, researcher and Honorary Senior at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. Her publications focus on cultural issues and migration in art and art therapy.

Salvo Pitruzzella is a drama therapist and teaches Arts Education and Dramatherapy in Italy. He has widely published on both subjects, including Drama, Creativity and Intersubjectivity (Routledge, 2016).