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The Arts Therapies

A Revolution in Healthcare, 1st Edition

By Dr Phil Jones


312 pages

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The Arts Therapies provides, in one volume, a guide to the different disciplines and their current practice and thinking. It presents:

* A clear analysis of the relationship between client, therapist and art form.

* An exploration of research, practice and key contributions made to the field by practitioners internationally and within many different contexts.

* Discussion of how the arts therapies relate to established health services.

The Arts Therapies: A revolution in healthcare is a unique book that provides a thorough and up-to-date overview of the arts therapies. It will prove invaluable to arts therapists, health professionals, and all those who wish to learn more about the field.


"Phil Jones has brought the field of the arts therapies one of its most comprehensive, thoughtful and valuable textbooks. It shines with intelligence." - Professor Petruska Clarkson, co-editor, The Handbook of Psychotherapy

"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 demonstrates their interrelatedness and diversity with remarkable vignettes from clinical practice." - Professor Joy Schaverien, co-editor, Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis

"It is one of the most important books of the decade in the arts therapies an inspiring book, thoroughly and creatively written." - Dr Helen Payne, editor, Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

"… immaculate… a highly comprehensive and thorough academic resource book

interwoven with well chosen and inspiring case examples… I would recommend this book to anyone who wants unembellished facts and concrete evidence. It is a good

reference tool of source material for people needing objective, undeniable and irrefutable facts to evidence academic work." – Kate Rothwell, BAAT Newsbriefing

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction. Foreword. An Introduction to The Arts Therapies. Part 2: The Arts Therapies: Definitions and Developments. Definitions in Flux: Contexts and Aims. What is Art Therapy? What is Music Therapy? What is Dramatherapy? What is Dance Movement Therapy? Between the Arts Therapies. Part 3: Backgrounds, Histories and Encounters: From the First Happening to the Shadow of Logic. From the First Happening. 'Everything is Ripe'. Art and Science: The Rise of the Medical Model and the Shadow of Logic. Part 4: Agents of Transformation: Arts, Therapy, Play. The Arts in the Arts Therapies. The Sensuous Encounter: The Arts Therapies and the Unconscious. Playing, Development and Change. Part 5: The Client Therapist Relationship: Paradigms, Dialogues and Discoveries. The Client and Arts Therapist: Dialogues and Diversity. The Client and Arts Therapist: Traditions and Discoveries Introduction. Efficacy: What Works in the Gallery? What Works in the Clinic? Conclusion: From the Triangular Relationship to the Active Witness: Core Processes in the Arts Therapies. Useful Organisations and Websites.

Subject Categories

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