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2nd Edition

Handbook of Art Therapy

Edited By

Cathy A. Malchiodi

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ISBN 9781609189754
Published December 12, 2011 by Guilford Press
496 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a complete overview of art therapy, from theory and research to practical applications, this is the definitive handbook in the field. Leading practitioners demonstrate the nuts and bolts of arts-based intervention with children, adults, families, couples, and groups dealing with a wide range of clinical issues. Rich with illustrative case material, the volume features 110 sample drawings and other artwork. The inclusion of diverse theoretical approaches and practice settings makes the Handbook eminently useful for all mental health professionals interested in using art in evaluation and treatment.

New to This Edition
*Incorporates the latest clinical applications, methods, and research.
*Chapter on art materials and media (including uses of new technologies).
*Chapters on intervening with domestic violence survivors, bereaved children, and military personnel.
*Expanded coverage of neuroscience, cultural diversity, and ethics.

Table of Contents

I. The Art and Science of Art Therapy
1. A Brief History of Art Therapy, Randy M. Vick
2. Art Therapy and the Brain, Cathy A. Malchiodi
3. Art Therapy Materials, Media, and Methods, Cathy A. Malchiodi
4. Art Therapy in Practice: Ethics, Evidence, and Cultural Sensitivity, Cathy A. Malchiodi
II. Clinical Approaches to Art Therapy
5. Psychoanalytic, Analytic, and Object Relations Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi
6. Humanistic Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi
7. Cognitive-Behavioral and Mind–Body Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Aimee Loth Rozum
8. Solution-Focused and Narrative Approaches, Shirley Riley and Cathy A. Malchiodi
9. Developmental Art Therapy, Cathy A. Malchiodi
10. Expressive Arts Therapy and Multimodal Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi
III. Clinical Applications with Children and Adolescents
11. Drawing and Storytelling as Psychotherapy with Children, Masahiro Tanaka and Madoka Takuda Urhausen
12. Using Drawing in Short-Term Trauma Resolution, William Steele and Caelan Kuban
13. Art and Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children, Eliana Gil
14. An Art Therapy Approach to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Diane S. Safran
15. Art Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Robin L. Gabriels and Lyndsay J. Gaffey
16. Medical Art Therapy with Children, Tracy Councill
17. Art Therapy with Adolescents, Gretchen Miller
IV. Clinical Applications with Adults
18. Art in Counseling, Samuel T. Gladding
19. Creativity and Aging: An Art Therapy Perspective, Cathy A. Malchiodi
20. Art Therapy with Adults with Severe Mental Illness, Susan Spaniol
21. Art Therapy in Addictions Treatment: Creativity and Shame Reduction, Marie Wilson
22. Art Therapy with Combat Veterans and Military Personnel, Cathy A. Malchiodi
23. Art Therapy and Domestic Violence, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Gretchen Miller
V. Clinical Applications with Groups, Families, and Couples
24. Group Art Therapy: An Interactive Approach, Diane Waller
25. Developing Themes for Art Therapy Groups, Marian Liebmann
26. Group Approaches with Sexually Abused Children, P. Gussie Klorer
27. Using Art Therapy with Medical Support Groups, Cathy A. Malchiodi
28. Art Therapy with Families and Couples, Cathy A. Malchiodi
29. Art Therapy with Children in Grief and Loss Groups, Aimee Loth Rozum
VI. Art-Based Assessments
30. A Brief Overview of Art-Based Assessments, Cathy A. Malchiodi
31. What Art Can and Cannot Tell Us, Frances F. Kaplan
Appendix A. Credentials, Education, Supervision, Standards of Practice, and Ethical Standards
Appendix B. Resources

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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 extraordinary volume is packed with state-of-the-art research and wisdom from renowned practitioners. Like the first edition, it will be a 'must read' for years to come for graduate students and practitioners in art therapy and allied fields, and for any therapist who uses art expression in clinical work. It is clinician friendly and eminently useful."--David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, Rhinebeck, New York

"An essential, integrative tool for introducing new art therapists and other human service professionals to the field of art therapy--and a terrific resource for experienced practitioners as well. Malchiodi and her contributing authors describe 'what art therapy is' in a clear and direct manner and provide meaningful applications of theory to practice. The volume demonstrates how art therapy actually works to provide psychological aid to a wide range of clients, from children in crisis to combat veterans. New coverage of technology and other topics brings the second edition up to date for this decade and beyond. I look forward to using this handbook as a text in my undergraduate and graduate courses."--Julia Byers, EdD, Division of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University

"This is one of those rare second editions that achieve much more than an update of the literature, expanding and enriching a work that already has proven to be a classic. The Handbook is not only a wonderful introduction for students and novice practitioners, it is also a valuable tool for seasoned therapists. Malchiodi and other luminaries in the field generously share their research findings, practical expertise, and clinical wisdom. This volume is a valuable addition to any art therapist’s library. I highly recommend it."--Lennis G. Echterling, PhD, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University

"A welcome addition to the art therapy literature....A useful reference and a readable, interesting book to browse."--Psychiatric Services, 10/20/2011

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