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The Arts Therapies

A Revolution in Healthcare, 2nd Edition

By Phil Jones


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The separate arts therapies – drama, art, music and dance – are becoming available to increasing numbers of clients as mental health professionals discover their potential to reach and help people. But what are the arts therapies, and what do they offer clients? This fully updated new edition of The Arts Therapies provides, in one volume, a guide to the different disciplines and their current practice and thinking in different parts of the world.

Each chapter draws on a variety of perspectives and accounts to develop understandings of the relations between theory, research and practice, offering perspectives on areas such as the client-therapist-art form relationship or on outcomes and efficacy to help articulate and understand what the arts therapies can offer specific client groups. This new edition features ‘Focus on Research’ highlights from music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and dance movement therapy, which offer interviews with researchers in China, Africa, South America, Australia, Europe and North America, exploring significant pieces of enquiry undertaken within recent years.

This comprehensive overview will be an essential text for students and practitioners of the arts therapies. It is international in scope, fully up-to-date with innovations in the field and will be relevant to new practitioners and those looking to deepen their understanding.


"This book is an invitation to discover the diversity of the arts therapies as an ever-evolving practice that has arisen from a confluence of ideas and languages. Jones disrupts singular accounts of history, definition, and practice and calls attention instead to how the arts therapies respond to different situations and challenges around the world. The new edition contains a focus on research which both reinforces insights and reveals the complex frameworks through which practitioners seek to assert evidence. This book is necessary reading for all health providers as we contend with a growing awareness of the need for multiple and creative approaches to care."

  • Nisha Sajnani, Ph.D. Director, Drama Therapy Program, New York University

Endorsements for the First Edition (2004):

"Phil Jones has brought the field of the arts therapies one of its most comprehensive, thoughtful and valuable textbooks in this exciting volume. The book shines with intelligence, compassion and a capacity for embracing the differences and commonalities between the arts therapies, the arts and their usefulness in alleviating pain and the development of human potential"

  • Petruska Clarkson, co-editor of The Handbook of Psychotherapy

"This exciting interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to arts therapists, whether new to the subject or experienced practitioners, to artists and performers and all who are interested in the healing role of the arts. This book is a first – it brings together all the arts therapies in a single volume – vividly revealing each of them in action. Phil Jones boldly links art, dance, drama and music therapies. He demonstrates their interrelatedness and diversity with remarkable vignettes from clinical practice."

  • Professor Joy Schaverien, author of Desire and the Female Therapist

"This book was waiting to be written, and Phil Jones has met the challenge with vigilance and imagination. It is a truly remarkable contribution to the arts therapies and of the arts in therapy. It is one of the most important books of the decade in the field, inspiring and creatively written. This informative guide provides a broad understanding of ideas and practice of the arts therapies in health. Its strength is the inter-disciplinary nature of the book, promoting a dialogue concerned with the commonalities and the differences in arts therapies…It is both deeply informative and thoughtfully comparative in nature."

  • Dr Helen Payne, editor of Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

"This is that rare thing, a book which can be recommended to professional s and amateurs alike. I have been waiting a long time for something which would do justice to the unity and diversity of the arts therapies as a whole. Phil Jones’ writing is scrupulously researched, comprehensive and unbiased, exploring the ‘collisions and connections’ within a powerful source of healing… A rich book."

  • Dr Roger Grainger, author of Group Spirituality

"…a single-handed yet comprehensive introduction to the arts therapies. Each therapy is given its own chapter and theoretical links between the disciplines are outlined. Throughout the book there is a wealth of supportive and illuminating case material drawn from many sources…a very fine addition for all interested in the developing arts therapies."

  • Dr Leslie Bunt, co-editor of The Handbook of Music Therapy

Table of Contents

Foreword Part I: Introductions 01. An Introduction to The Arts Therapies Part II: The Arts Therapies: Definitions and Developments 02. Definitions in Flux: Contexts and Aims 03. What Is Art Therapy? 04. What Is Music Therapy? 05. What Is Dramatherapy? 06. What Is Dance Movement Therapy? 07. Between the Arts Therapies Part III Backgrounds, Histories and Encounters: From the First Happening to The Shadow of Logic 08. From the First Happening 09. ‘Everything Is Ripe’ 10. Art and Science: The Rise of The Medical Model and The Shadow of Logic Part IV: Agents of Transformation: Arts, Therapy, Play 11. The Arts in The Arts Therapies 12. The Sensuous Encounter: The Arts Therapies and The Unconscious 13. Playing, Development and Change 14. From the Triangular Relationship to The Active Witness – Core Processes in The Arts Therapies Part V: Client–Therapist Relationship: Paradigms, Dialogues and Discoveries 15. Client and Arts Therapist: Dialogues and Diversity 16. Client and Arts Therapist: Traditions and Discoveries 17. Efficacy: What Works in The Art Gallery? What Works in The Clinic? 18. Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Phil Jones is Professor of Children’s Rights and Wellbeing and Head of Research Ethics and Governance at UCL Institute of Education. His books on the arts therapies have been translated and published in China, South Korea and Greece. He has given keynotes in many countries including South Africa, Taiwan, the USA and Canada and at the Triennial World Congress for Psychotherapy, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health