1st Edition

Drawing on Difference Art Therapy with People who have Learning Difficulties

Edited By Mair Rees Copyright 1998

    This book reveals how art therapy can support and validate the emotional and mental health needs of people with learning difficulties. Case studies present work with adults and children with differing degrees of difficulty such as personality disorder, autism or severe learning difficulties and discuss the needs of people with learning difficulties who have experienced traumas such as rape or bereavement. Particular emphasis is placed on service evaluation and standards and on the client's personal experience.
    Contributors discuss practical, professional and political issues such as:-
    * the practical challenges of providing an art therapy service within and beyond the hospital setting
    * the similarities and differences between art therapy and other allied professions such as music and dramatherapy
    * clinical effectiveness and clinical supervision
    Drawing on Difference brings together for the first time discussion from leading professionals in this increasingly popular area of specialisation within psychotherapy.

    Introduction Part 1 Background 1 A personal journey 2 Frames of reference: Some operational and contextual issues influencing the practice of art therapy with people who have learning difficulties Part 2 Art therapy at work 3 It’s a mystery: Accounts of an art therapy group for people with learning difficulties 4 On the edge: Art therapy for people with learning difficulties and disordered personalities 5 Lost in space: The relevance of art therapy with clients who have autism or autistic features 6 Humpty Dumpty’s shell: Working with autistic defence mechanisms in art therapy 7 Rape!: The violation of integrity and will 8 Is art therapy?: Some issues arising in working with children with severe learning difficulties 9 Learning to say ‘goodbye’: Loss and bereavement in learning difficulties and the role of art therapy Part 3 Allied approaches 10 Journey in joint working: Some reflections on an experience of arts therapies collaboration 11 Chances for change: Counselling people with learning Difficulties Part 4 Professional issues 12 There is light at the end of the tunnel: Ways to good ‘clinical effectiveness research’ 13 Clinical supervision in art therapy: Is it really ‘super!’?


    Mair Rees, Cardiff Community Healthcare Trust