1st Edition

Imagining Windmills Trust, Truth, and the Unknown in the Arts Therapies

Edited By Marián Cao, Richard Hougham, Sarah Scoble Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Imagining Windmills presents a compilation of scholarly chapters by selected authors of global standing in the arts therapies.

    This book reflects the theme of the 15th International Conference of the European Consortium for Arts Therapies (ECArTE), held in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes. This innovative work seeks to further understanding of arts therapy education, practice and research and incorporates current thinking from art therapists, dance-movement therapists, dramatherapists and music therapists. Writers from Belgium, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA combine to give an international voice to the book, which celebrates cultural distinctiveness, while also presenting shared intercultural developments in the professions. This interdisciplinary publication explores questions of the unknown and the imagined, misconception, delusion, truth and trust in the arts therapies. It enquires into ways in which education and the practice of the arts therapies engage with the imagination as a place of multiple realities, which may lead us closer to finding our truth.

    This book will be of interest and relevance not only to those in the arts therapeutic community, but also to a broad audience including those in related professions – for instance psychology, sociology, the arts, medicine, health and wellbeing and education.




    Chapter 1- On the unknown that art addresses: Space, vacuum and awareness in the arts

    Marián López Fdz. Cao

    Chapter 2- Educating the Quixotic imagination

    Robert D. Romanyshyn

    Chapter 3- Changing truths: Deconstructing and reconstructing the elusive in art therapy

    Uwe Herrmann

    Chapter 4- Dramatherapy and materiality

    Richard Hougham, Bryn Jones

    Chapter 5- The dramatic self paradigm: Human nature from a dramatherapist’s perspective

    Salvo Pitruzzella

    Chapter 6- Aesthetics of connection in the performance of lived experience

    Jean-François Jacques

    Chapter 7- Intercultural art therapy - the search for an inner home

    Irit Belity

    Chapter 8- Samagama - Dialogues on the development of professional creative arts therapy practice, research and training from India

    Oihika Chakrabarti, Tripura Kashyap, Maitri Gopalakrishna, Nina Cherla

    Chapter 9- Trust, art therapy and care: An art therapy experience at three community health centres

    Ana Serrano Navarro, Tania Ugena Candel, Andrea López Iglesias

    Chapter 10- Dance movement therapy for couples: Disclosing multiple truths in the relationship

    Einat Shuper Engelhard, Maya Vulcan

    Chapter 11- Working psychoanalytically with clients with learning disability: the real giants we face: A long-term music therapy with an adopted girl with significant multiple disabilities

    Joy Gravestock

    Chapter 12- What are we talking about?: Development of an empirical base for art therapy with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders

    Celine Schweizer

    Chapter 13- When the boat doesn’t dare to set sail: Working with trust issues in children

    Sibylle Cseri


    Marián Cao is an Art Therapist and Professor of Art Education and Art Therapy at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. She teaches and lectures in Spain and internationally. Founder director of the AT master’s programme at University Complutense of Madrid, and former director of the Ph.D. programme on Art, Art Therapy and Social Inclusion, she has coordinated several Latinoamerican University programmes.

    Richard Hougham is Principal Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London where he is course leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme. He is Chair of the Executive Board of European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) and has a particular interest in intercultural dialogues and epistemology in the international teaching of the arts therapies.

    Sarah Scoble is Honorary President of ECArTE. She served on the Executive Board of ECArTE for over twenty years and was Chair from 2009 to 2017. Founder trainer in southwest UK in Dramatherapy and former director of Masters in Dramatherapy programmes, University of Exeter, she is Series Editor with Diane Waller for the annual International Research in the Arts Therapies publication with Routledge, in association with ECArTE and the International Centre for Research in Arts Therapies (ICRA), Imperial College, London.