1st Edition

Expressive Therapies

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ISBN 9781593853792
Published August 17, 2006 by Guilford Press
220 Pages

USD $31.00

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Book Description

Psychotherapists, counselors, and other health care professionals are increasingly turning to expressive therapies--including art, music, dance/movement, drama, poetry, play, sandtray, and integrative approaches--in their work with clients of all ages. This timely volume offers a comprehensive presentation of these innovative and powerful modalities. Expert contributors present in-depth descriptions of their respective approaches to intervention with children, adults, and groups, giving particular attention to strategies for integrating expressive work with other forms of psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

1. Expressive Therapies: History, Theory, and Practice, Cathy A. Malchiodi
2. Art Therapy, Cathy A. Malchiodi
3. Music Therapy, Michele Forinash
4. Dance/Movement Therapy, Susan T. Loman
5. Drama Therapy and Psychodrama, Robert J. Landy
6. Poetry Therapy, Kenneth Gorelick
7. Play Therapy, Linda E. Homeyer and Emily DeFrance
8. Sandtray Therapy, Linda E. Homeyer and Daniel S. Sweeney
9. Expressive Therapy: An Integrated Arts Approach, Karen Estrella

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Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist specializing in trauma recovery. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, which trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Dr. Malchiodi has given more than 500 presentations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, including Understanding Children’s Drawings and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions, and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for PsychologyToday.com.


This well-edited volume advances our understanding of the practice of the expressive therapies and does so in a clear and concise manner. What is special about this volume is its inclusiveness: all of the major expressive therapies are presented. This is an ideal text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students considering a career in the expressive therapies, as well as for practitioners who want to explore an integrative approach to clinical work.--Paul M. Camic, PhD, Liberal Education Department, Columbia College Chicago

The use of the expressive therapies as powerful forms of healing extends back throughout the history of humankind. Despite the centrality of the arts to therapy, this volume offers the first comprehensive description of the therapeutic use of the various creative arts modalities. It will serve as an invaluable resource for professionals and students in mental health, rehabilitation, and health care who wish to combine the arts with therapy to improve the lives of people of all ages dealing with the broadest range of concerns and disabilities. This seminal book will inevitably become the definitive text in the use of specific art modalities, as well as the integration of all arts modalities.--Susan Spaniol, EdD, ATR-BC, LMHC, Expressive Therapies Division, Lesley University

Provides a clear and engaging overview of the expressive therapies. Experts in each modality present basic information on each type of therapy and its practice and discuss clinical issues and concerns. In addition to the traditional expressive therapies, some newer approaches are also covered. This book will be very useful to professionals who want an overview of the expressive therapies and to expressive therapy practitioners who desire an understanding of other modalities. A welcome addition to the literature!--Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, Music Therapy Program, University of Louisville

Most comprehensive and useful. Expressive Therapies reveals how various creative modalities can be used in the context of a counseling or therapy relationship. The ways in which particular artistic practices are employed in working with clients at different stages of life are also addressed. The pragmatic quality of this text is outstanding. It is a work that will inform and enlighten therapists from multiple disciplines. This volume is like a good soup, rich in texture and flavor, making one hungry to return again and again for another helping.--Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
There is something for everyone in this book. The compilation of authors from different areas of specializations demonstrates the editor's effort to reach out to sister disciplines and appeal to a wide range of health care professionals with a range of clinical experience....An excellent introduction to the field, capturing the essences of each of the topics presented, while sparking the reader to pursue other resources which may be of particular interest. For the more experienced clinician who has a basic foundation on expressive therapies, this book provides sophisticated information including theoretical constructs which will challenge and expand the reader's understanding and ways of applying the arts to their practice. Regardless of the reader's skill level, vignettes in each chapter provide poignant case examples illustrating the truly powerful healing and transformative effect that the arts have in treatment.
--Clinical Social Work Journal, 9/24/2006