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Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Arts
A Teaching Handbook

ISBN 9781846193736
Published July 31, 2010 by CRC Press
184 Pages

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Book Description

'Medicine and psychiatry, both based on science, require the art of caring, using the principles of art in learning and teaching. Sitting with a patient, making sense of their distress, being empathetic in understanding both the symptoms and the person and alleviating suffering needs a human touch. For that, doctors need the soul of an artist and must be aware of the value that arts have for society and the individual.' - from the Foreword by Dinesh Bhugra This comprehensive book explores how visual art, cinema, music, poetry, literature and drama can inform the teaching and practice of psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Edited and written by a team of expert practitioners, teachers and researchers, including both clinicians and users of mental health services, this comprehensive book will provide valuable insights for undergraduate and postgraduate educators with teaching reponsibilities in psychiatry and mental health. Students of the medical humanities, art, music and drama therapists, and educators in occupational therapy and psychology will also find this a valuable and insightful handbook. 'The authors of this wonderful handbook provide a convincing argument that the arts are good for what ails us. They have each used a preferred artistic medium to deepen personal reflection and to enhance their own creativity as physicians , teachers and therapists. Their models are clear, their suggestions practical, but none of the approaches you'll find here is reductive or simplistic. Try some of the reflective exercises and teaching strategies. You will be sure to rediscover something you have always cherished about the art of healing.' - from the Foreword by Allan D Peterkin

Table of Contents

Why use the arts to teach mental health and psychiatry? A brief history of psychiatry through the arts. A day in the life of a Cinemeducator. The quest to understand the afflicted mind: Hans Prinzhorn and the artistry of the mentally ill. Poetry and clinical humanities. When art and medicine collide: using literature to teach psychiatry. Creative writing as reflective practice in health professions education. An introduction to art psychotherapy. The aesthetics of mania: an introduction for health professionals. Learning about community arts. The use of drama and theatre arts in mental health education. Music and psychiatry. What can we learn from blues music?

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