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Drawings in Assessment and Psychotherapy
Research and Application

ISBN 9780415724159
Published November 25, 2013 by Routledge
320 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.