This book introduces the reader to the approach and general philosophy of the use of art as an additional language in group therapy. It demonstrates the usefulness of the language of art in enabling group therapists and their clients to understand group members' perceptions of constructs and realities.
"[This book] demonstrates the usefulness of the language of art in enabling group therapists and their clients to understand group members' perceptions of constructs and realities. . . .the approach encourages a cooperative focus that leans toward a contemporary theory suitable for today's mental world." -- Family Therapy: The Journal of the California Graduate School of Family Psychology
Forward (by Shaun McNiff). Introduction: Philosophy and Approaches. Group Process Made Visible. Group Therapy with Burn Injured Youngsters. Art as an Instrument for Creating Social Reciprocity: Social Skills for Autistic Children. Adolescent Group Treatment. Advantage of the Language of Art in a Cognitive/Behavioral Group with Behavior Disordered Boys. Translating the Theory of Expressive Art to Interns and Staff in an Early Childhood Program. Group in a Psychiatric Hospital or Day Treatment Programs: Art as an Entrée into Unfamiliar Realities. Working with the Elderly Population with a Serious Loss of Cognition. Complimentary Use of Art, Movement, and Verbal Therapies within an Eating Disorders Program. A Women's Group Created around a Theme of Bereavement. Group for Therapists Dealing with Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Induced by Art Products of Severely Abused Clients. Some Final Thoughts