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Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression

1st Edition

Edited by Ania Zubala, Vicky Karkou


256 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is a comprehensive compilation of expert knowledge on arts therapies’ potential in successfully addressing depression. The book identifies ways of addressing the condition in therapy sessions, shares experience of tools and approaches which seem to work best and guides towards a conscious and confident evidence-based practice.

Including contributions from international experts in the field of arts therapies, the book presents some of the most recent, high-profile and methodologically diverse research, whether in the form of clinical trials, surveys or case studies. The three sections of this volume correspond to particular life stages and explore major topics in arts therapies practice and the nature of depression in children, adults and in later life. Individual chapters within the three sections represent all four arts therapies disciplines. The book hopes to improve existing arts therapies practice and research, by encouraging researchers to use creativity in designing meaningful research projects and empowering practitioners to use evidence creatively for the benefit of their clients and the discipline.

Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is an essential resource for arts therapies researchers, practitioners and arts therapists in training. It should also be of interest to other health researchers and health professionals, particularly those who work with clients experiencing depression and in multidisciplinary teams.


"This inspiring and comprehensive volume written by esteemed experts in the fields of art, music, dance/movement, drama, and phototherapies successfully navigates the topic of the global crisis of depression. Through current research, evidence-based practice, case studies and clinical vignettes this book richly weaves together how creative arts disciplines address the challenge of working with a variety of populations with depression across the lifespan and across cultures. With the goal of demonstrating proof of effectiveness with this challenging crisis of depression, the authors present an engaging compilation of studies using a myriad of creative and diverse clinical approaches, research designs and methods, and perspectives. The study designs are well-suited to the arts therapies and clients and chapters provide both breadth as well as depth. Authors are self-reflective and culturally aware presenting a variety of work with individuals, groups, and short-term and long term treatment. The book as a whole is well organized, balanced, readable and well grounded in research. I anticipate that the impact of this book will be far-reaching and appreciated by arts therapy clinicians and researchers and anyone who works with individuals with depression."

Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, Certified KMP analyst, professor emerita, adjunct faculty was director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program, Department of Applied Psychology, Antioch University New England.

"The arts therapies have a specific and significant role to play in the prevention, treatment and recovery for people with depression and this volume goes a long way to providing much needed evidence and firm foundations for further robust research in the field. I can agree with the basic tenet of the editors that more rigorous evaluation of day-to-day practice and robust creative, relevant research are required if the arts therapies are going to make the important contribution it can to this area of mental health and wellbeing.

In capturing the fragmented arts therapies research on depression from around the world the editors state the book hopes ‘this research to be more visible, accessible and inspirational for arts therapists, trainees, other health practitioners, researchers and those shaping health provision’ (Zubala & Karkou: 6). In my view they have certainly done this emphasising research and practice, application and benefit, and role of the arts therapies."

Professor Helen Payne, PhD; Reg. ADMP UK: UKCP Reg. University of Hertfordshire, UK.

"As exploration of how arts activities can help alleviate the symptoms of depression this book is a tour de force of multidisciplinary practice and I wholeheartedly recommend it for anybody interested in Arts Therapies. It brings together leading international experts to present new and innovative perspectives on treating depression via engagement in creative activities. The book clearly and concisely presents state of the art clinical practices within arts therapy in an accessible, informative and thoroughly engaging style."

Prof Raymond MacDonald, Chair of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh.

"This volume, co-edited by a dance therapist and arts therapist clinician researcher, provides a valuable overview of the contribution of arts therapies treatment to the global burden of depression. It brings together worldwide experts from art, drama, dance and music therapy, using different research methodologies to provide an arts therapies evidence base for depression at different stages of life. Research collaborators across the arts therapies can use this volume as a stepping stone for further research in their own modality and for cross modal research. Practitioners and students will find it a valuable basis for the formulation of treatment plans."

Dr Ditty Dokter qualified as a dramatherapist in 1982 and is an HCPC registered dramatherapist, UKCP registered groupanalytic psychotherapist and ADMPUK registered dance movement psychotherapist.

Table of Contents

Arts therapies’ response to the global crisis of depression: Current research and future developments

Ania Zubala & Vicky Karkou

Part I. Arts therapies with children and adolescents experiencing depression

  1. Music therapy and depression in primary-aged children: Reflections on case work and assessment in a residential child and family psychiatric unit

    Amelia Oldfield

  2. Art therapy to address emotional well-being of children who have experienced stress and/or trauma

    Unnur Óttarsdóttir

  3. Reducing depressive symptoms in adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder using drama therapy Elizabeth McAdam & David Read Johnson
  4. Movement-based arts therapy for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Badr Alrazain, Ania Zubala & Vicky Karkou

Part II. Arts therapies with adults experiencing depression

  1. Collaborative discourse analysis on the use of drama therapy to treat depression in adults

    Nisha Sajnani, Aileen Cho, Heidi Landis, Gary Raucher & Nadya Trytan

  2. An essence of the therapeutic process in an art therapy group for adults experiencing depression: Therapy process mapping

    Ania Zubala

  3. Embodied treatment of depression: The development of a dance movement therapy model

    Päivi Pylvänäinen

  4. Reversing a sub-cultural norm: Art therapy in treating depression in prison inmates

    David E. Gussak & Ashley Beck

  5. Music therapy clinical practice and research for people with depression: Music, brain processing and music therapy

    Helen Odell-Miller, Jörg Fachner & Jaakko Erkkilä

  6. Photo-therapy in the treatment of patients with depression in a clinical setting: Development and evaluation through a Randomised Controlled Trial

    Kathrin Seifert

Part III. Arts therapies with those experiencing depression in later life

  1. Art therapy with the older person: One life, many losses

    Jane Burns

  2. Dramatherapy in working with people with dementia: The need for playfulness in creative ageing as an antidote for depression and isolation

    Sue Jennings

  3. Dance movement therapy research and evidence-based practice for older people with depression

    Iris Bräuninger

  4. Perspectives on research and clinical practice in music therapy for older people with depression

    Jasmin Eickholt, Monika Geretsegger & Christian Gold

  5. Assessment and therapeutic application of the Expressive Therapies Continuum in music therapy: The case of Anna with cancer-related depression

    Jana Duhovska, Vija Bergs Lusebrink & Kristīne Mārtinsone

About the Editors

Ania Zubala, PhD, is a health researcher who explores the role of arts and arts therapies for holistically-understood wellbeing, particularly in the context of remote communities and aging populations. She is a research fellow in health psychology and digital health at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.

Vicky Karkou, PhD, is a professor at Edge Hill University leading the research theme of arts and wellbeing. She is an educator, researcher and dance movement psychotherapist, widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and a co-editor of the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.

About the Series

International Research in the Arts Therapies

Series Editors: Diane Waller and Sarah Scoble

This series consists of high-level monographs identifying areas of importance across all arts therapy modalities and highlighting international developments and concerns. It presents recent research from countries across the world and contributes to the evidence-base of the arts therapies. Papers which discuss and analyse current innovations and approaches in the arts therapies and arts therapy education are also included.

This series is accessible to practitioners of the arts therapies and to colleagues in a broad range of related professions, including those in countries where arts therapies are still emerging. The monographs should also provide a valuable source of reference to government departments and health services.

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Subject Categories

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