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1st Edition

Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy

ISBN 9781138731264
Published November 22, 2017 by Routledge
168 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy presents a working model of ways to incorporate parents into a child’s art therapy sessions, drawing on the relational-psychoanalytic notion of mentalization in the treatment of difficulties within childhood relationships. The model is introduced by clearly explaining the theory, the setting, the role of the therapist, and the work with the parents. In addition, the book offers a full section dedicated to practical applications of the model, replete with illustrative case studies and detailed therapeutic art-based interventions covering leadership, movement, collaborative and solitary work, and parent-child exercises. Intended for art therapists, students, parent-child psychotherapists, and other therapists interested in expanding their knowledge in the field, Regev and Snir provide a definition and conceptualization of a short-term treatment model with the potential to have comprehensive effects leading to positive change.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations




Part I Fundamental Elements and Principles

Chapter 1: Introduction to Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy

Chapter 2: Presentation of the Study: Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy in Israel

Chapter 3: The Objectives of Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy

Chapter 4: The Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy Setting

Chapter 5: The Role of the Parent-Child Art Therapist

Chapter 6: Working with Parents in the Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy Framework

Chapter 7: Unique Challenges in Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy Model

Chapter 8: The Observation of Joint Paintings

Part II Intervention Techniques

Chapter 9: Leadership Exercises

Chapter 10: Movement Exercises that Promote the Creation of Images

Chapter 11: Together and Alone

Chapter 12: Family Exercises

Chapter 13: An Encounter in the Interpersonal Space


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Dafna Regev is a qualified art therapist, researcher, and senior lecturer at the School of Creative Art Therapies and a faculty member of the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center at the University of Haifa, Israel. She specializes in parent-child art psychotherapy and works in a private clinic. Her articles have been published in leading journals in the field of art therapy.

Sharon Snir is an art therapist and researcher. She is senior lecturer and head of the Art Therapy M.A. Program in Tel Hai College, Israel. One of her main research interests is joint drawings. Over the last few years, she has specialized in research and in teaching research in art therapy. Her articles have been published in leading journals in the field of art therapy.



Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy provides a practical framework for parent-child work in art therapy leaning on years of clinical experience. Drs. Regev and Snir weave case examples throughout the book and end with a plethora of art-based exercises and interventions. I believe that this book will benefit beginning and experienced art therapists alike, by deepening their knowledge of parent-child art therapy, the phenomenological Haifa model, developmental and psychoanalytical approaches to parent-child work and potential art-based interventions.

Johanna Czamanski-Cohen ATR LPC (AZ), Lecturer, School of Creative Art Therapies, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa


Although an intensive clinical work, the study of parent child psychotherapy within the framework of art therapy has been long neglected. In an attempt to fill this gap, this illuminating book summarizes and presents a rich cristalyized conceptual model accompanied by a surging clinical literature to illustrate this subject. As such, almost all clinicians working with young children or applying art techniques will benefit from studying this book carefully.


Limor Goldner, ATR. PhD., Academic advisor of Sagol research and treatment laboratory for children at-risk, Head of the art therapy program,School of Creative Arts Therapies, University of Haifa, Israel