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Family Art Therapy

Foundations of Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By Christine Kerr, Janice Hoshino, Judy Sutherland, Sharyl Thode Parashak, Linda Lea McCarley


260 pages

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Family Art Therapy is designed to help the reader incorporate clinical art therapy intervention techniques into family therapy practice. Expressive modalities are often used in work with families, particularly visual art forms, and there is already considerable evidence and literature that point to a positive link between the two. This text is unique in that it draws together, for the first time in a single volume, an overview of the evolution of the theories and techniques from the major schools of classic family therapy, integrating them with practical clinical approaches from the field of art therapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Family Art Images in Historical and Social Perspectives. The Development of Family Art Therapy. Object Relations and Attachment: The Creativity of Mother and Child in a Single Parent Family. Bowenian Family Therapy and Family Art Therapy. Structural Family Art Therapy. Experiential Family Therapy. Adlerian Family Art Therapy. Filial Family Art Therapy. Narrative Art Therapy Within a Multicultural Framework. Conclusion.

About the Authors

Christine Kerr, Ph.D., ATR-BC, is Associate Professor of Art and Director of Clinical Art Therapy Programs at Long Island University at C.W. Post.

Judy H. Sutherland, Ph.D., ATR-BC, is a Faculty Member and Director of M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy and Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy programs, Adler School of Professional Psychology. She also maintains a private practice in Illinois.

Janice Hoshino, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LMFT, is a Faculty Member, Couple and Family Therapy Program and Chair, Art Therapy Program, at Antioch University.

Sharyl Thode Parashak, MAT, ATR-BC, is a Graduate School Instructor at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and an Adjunct Faculty Intructor, St. Louis Community College.

Linda Lea McCarley, LCSW, ATR-BC, RPT-S, Founder and Director, Art Therapy Institute, Dallas, Texas; private practice, Dallas, Texas, USA

About the Series

Routledge Series on Family Therapy and Counseling

The Family Therapy and Counseling Series is devoted to providing practitioners and students with current information on specific topics relevant to marriage and family therapy, counseling, couples therapy, and child and adolescent therapy.

Forthcoming volumes in the series will explore immigrant families, aging, couples therapy, and parenting.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Conflict Resolution
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family