1st Edition

Drawings in Assessment and Psychotherapy Research and Application

Edited By Leonard Handler, Antoinette D. Thomas Copyright 2014
    320 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing is a language, projected by children and adults, reflecting their joy and pain. It is used extensively by clinical psychologists, art therapists, social workers, and other mental health professionals in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and couples. This book brings together a renowned group of professionals to analyze the research and application of the most popular assessment and treatment tools. Tests discussed include the Draw-a-Person Test, the House-Tree-Person Test, the Kinetic Family Drawing Test, the Art Therapy-Projective Imagery Assessment, and the Wartegg Drawing Completion Test. Working with sexually and physically abused children, assessing clients with anorexia nervosa, and the influence of osteopathic treatment on drawings are some of the special topics considered. Numerous case studies are also included.

    Chapter 1: History of the Development and Use of the Most Popular Figure Drawing Instruments

    Handler, Thomas, Smith

    Chapter 2: Detailed Instructions for Administration of Figure Drawing Tests

    Handler, Thomas

    Chapter 3: The Validity of Figure Drawing Tests in Assessment and Psychotherapy

    Thomas, Handler, Getz, Smith

    Chapter 4: Structured Figure Drawing Scales to Assess Emotional Disturbance


    Chapter 5: Using Stimulus and Response Drawings to Assess Emotional Needs and Cognitive Skills


    Chapter 6: Unstructured and Lesser Known Approaches to the Interpretation and Evaluation of Figure Drawings


    Chapter 7: The Tree Test: A Parsimonious Projective Drawing Technique

    Corff, Tivendell, Leblanc

    Chapter 8: The Bird’s Nest Drawing: Assessing Attachment Security


    Chapter 9: The Wartegg Drawing Completion Test: A New Methodology


    Chapter 10: Clinical Application of Figure Drawing Techniques

    Tharinger, Roberts

    Chapter 11: Pre- and Post-Treatment Drawings (PPATs) of Trauma Survivors


    Chapter 12: Use of Figure Drawings with Sexually and Physically Abused Children

    Thomas, Engram

    Chapter 13: Draw-A-Person in the Rain Test


    Chapter 14: The H-T-P Drawings of Anorexic Patients: Characteristics and Reliability

    Thomas, Getz, Smith, Rivas

    Chapter 15: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Children’s Human Figure Drawings


    Chapter 16: The Art Therapy-Projective Imagery Assessment


    Chapter 17: Innovative Drawing Techniques: The Human Replacement Technique for Free Drawings, Doodling and Free Drawings, and the "What Could it Be" Approach

    Thomas, Getz

    Chapter 18: Innovative Drawing Techniques: Symbolic Family Drawing and Abstract Replacement Techniques

    Perryman, Hanback

    Chapter 19: Osteopathic Body-Healing Reflected in Children’s Drawings

    Thomas, Dufresne, Picard

    Chapter 20: Clinical Application of Figure Drawing Techniques: Case Study


    Chapter 21: Four Case Illustrations: A Multiple-Problem Adolescent, Persistent Castration Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, and Psychosomatic Reactions

    Thomas, Handler

    Chapter 22: Changes in Figure Drawings with Treatment: Case Illustrations

    Thomas, Handler

    Chapter 23: Summary and Discussion of Future Uses of Figure Drawings

    Thomas, Handler


    Leonard Handler, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee and a former president of the Society for Personality Assessment.

    Antoinette D. Thomas, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Montreal, Canada.