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

ISBN 9781032011578
Published May 25, 2021 by Routledge
174 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, theory and practice in the arts therapies. The different social, cultural and political contexts and developmental age groups illustrate and underscore the richness and diversity of contemporary arts therapies' creative response to the needs of children and young people in contrasting locations.

The book represents an acknowledgement of the high rates of mental disorders in children and young people and addresses this subject. In presenting an array of responses from arts therapists working with children and young people in different contexts and countries, the book highlights the particular features of distinct art forms, yet also points to the potential dialogue between disciplines. Chapters show how the expressive potential and appeal of the arts, when facilitated within the therapeutic relationship, are 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 postgraduate 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 Pippo 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 training course 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 Lecturer 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. His many publications on these subjects include his work Drama, Creativity and Intersubjectivity (Routledge, 2016).