2nd Edition

Group Interactive Art Therapy
Its use in training and treatment

ISBN 9780415815765
Published December 8, 2014 by Routledge
224 Pages 22 Color & 36 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

The first edition of Group Interactive Art Therapy presented the first theoretical formation of a model integrating the change-enhancing factors of both interactive group psychotherapy and art therapy, demonstrating its use in practice through a series of illustrated case examples.  This long-awaited second edition updates the content of the original in light of the major social, cultural and political changes of the past two decades and presents new examples of the model in practice.

The new edition includes a brand-new section on the use of group interactive art therapy in research with people with dementia, with schizophrenia, and those in rehabilitation from a stroke. The book also features two chapters on the use of the model in a broader context. The book is presented in four parts:

  • Introducing group interactive art therapy
  • The model in practice: case examples
  • The wider context
  • Group interactive art therapy used in research

Each section demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability of the model in different cultural and social settings and with a variety of client groups. The development of knowledge about the skills required for conducting an interactive art therapy group and its suitability for different clients has been incorporated throughout the book, as well as practical information on working in areas where there is limited access to art materials.

Table of Contents

Section I Introducing Group Interactive Art Therapy. Introduction .1 Groups and Art Therapy. 2 Interactive Group Psychotherapy. 3 Curative Factors in Groups. 4 Conducting an Interactive Art Therapy Group 5 Practical Matters: Materials and rooms. 6 Using Themes or Projects within an Interactive Model. 7 Short-term Interactive Art Therapy Groups. 8 Group Interactive Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Section II The Model in Practice: Case examples. Introduction. 1 Rooms and Materials. 2 The Unwilling Participant(s): Transference, countertransference, projective identification and all… 3 Developmental Processes in a Group Painting. 4 Life Processes in Small Group Environments. 5 Images of the Group. 6 Catharsis. 7 Power and Domination: Clay workshops and sub-group themes. 8 Splitting in the Group: Forces of good and evil. 9 Expressing Anger Symbolically. 10 Example of a Theme Arising Spontaneously. 11 Boundary Violation and Scapegoating in a Training Group. 12 Working through a Crisis. 13 Ending the Group: What to do with the images and objects. Section III: The Wider Context. Francesca La Nave The Theatre of the Image and Group Interaction. Jenia Georgieva and Roumen Georgiev The Visible City and the Invisible Shame. Section IV: Group Interactive Art Therapy used in Research. People with Dementia. People with Schizophrenia. People in Rehabilitation from Stroke. Concluding Thoughts.

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Diane Waller, OBE, is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths University of London. Extensive travel and study with her late husband Dan Lumley contributed to her commitment to promoting intercultural understanding in the arts therapies. She has been a pioneer of training in art psychotherapy and intercultural therapy and is the author and editor of many previous books, including Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness and Treatment of Addiction: Current issues for arts therapists.