1st Edition

Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents Theory and Practice

Edited By Craig Haen, Nancy Boyd Webb Copyright 2019
    298 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents provides principles for effective use of different arts-based approaches in adolescent group therapy, grounding these principles in neuroscience and group process practice-based evidence. It includes chapters covering each of the main creative arts therapy modalities—art therapy, bibliotherapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, and poetry/expressive writing therapy—written by respected contributors who are expert in the application of these modalities in the context of groups. These methods are uniquely effective for engaging adolescents and addressing many of the developmental, familial, and societal problems that they face. The text offers theory and guiding principle, while also providing a comprehensive resource for group therapists of diverse disciplines who wish to incorporate creative arts-based methods into their practice with teens.

    Section One: Overview  Foreword  Preface: The Stresses and Challenges Facing Adolescents in the Second Decade of the 21st Century  1. Engaging Adolescents in Group Work: Principles for Effective Practice  2. Creative Arts-Based Approaches to Adolescent Group Therapy: The State of the Art  3. A Neuroscience Perspective on Creative Arts Therapies and Adolescent Groups  Section Two: Creative Arts Therapies in Action  4. Adolescent Group Art Therapy  5. Bibliotherapy in Adolescent Groups  6. Dance/Movement Therapy with Groups of Teens  7. Adolescent Group Drama Therapy  8. Music Therapy in Adolescent Groups  9. Group Poetry and Writing Therapy with Adolescents  Section Three: Clinical Applications  Creative Arts-Based Approaches to Working with Adolescent Resistance  11. Arts-Based Approaches to Fostering Adolescent Affect Regulation  12. Who am I to You? Using the Creative Arts to Build Interpersonal Relationships: A South African Perspective  13. Teen Bodies: The Problem of Adolescent Embodiment, and How the Arts Can Help  14. Thinking Critically, Working Creatively: Dancing, Songwriting, and Re-writing Sexualities with Young People ‘At the Margins’  15. The Benefits and Challenges of Using the Creative Arts in Adolescent Groups


    Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA treats children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. He is faculty at New York University and Lesley University, and co-founder of the Kint Institute. His books include Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy and Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process.

    Dr. Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, LICSW, RPT-S is a leading authority on play therapy with children and adolescents who have experienced loss and traumatic bereavement. Dr. Webb is a clinical social worker and Distinguished University Professor Emerita at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where she held an endowed Chair in Child Welfare Studies and where she founded, directed, and taught in the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Therapy for 22 years. Dr. Webb has published 15 previous books.

    "This ambitious, engaging volume makes an adolescent-wise, evidence-based, and very compelling case for group arts therapies—art, music, drama, dance/movement, play, and writing—as a preferred treatment for some of the toughest customers around: reluctant, disconnected, and dysregulated teens. Descriptive chapters include attention to theory and development, lively interventions, practical tips, vivid case vignettes, and—best of all— candid reflections from practitioners on the humor, flexibility and self-awareness they rely on to get energy back on the rails when a group session appears to be headed for the hills. This book offers a window into the innovative arts-based world of group treatment, beyond the confines of individual talk therapy, where distressed and challenging adolescents can connect to their hearts, to peers, and to competent, caring, creative adults."

    Martha B. Straus, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, Antioch University New England; author, Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship

    "Haen and Boyd Webb have assembled an impressive team of international creative arts therapists to add to the literature an academic text on group therapy with teens, which includes chapters on complex neurobiological aspects of group work, to the symphonic healing melodies afforded through music therapy. Highly recommended!" 

    Eric J. Green, Ph.D., faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Education; author, Handbook of Jungian Play Therapy