1st Edition

The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care

Edited By Michele Wood, Becky Jacobson, Hannah Cridford Copyright 2019
    460 Pages 140 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    460 Pages 140 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care offers a multicultural and international perspective on how art therapy can be of help to individuals, groups, families, communities, and nations facing death and dying as well as grief and loss.

    Over 50 art therapists from around the world write about the transforming power of art therapy in the lives of those facing terminal illness, dementia, loss, and grief. They offer practical descriptions and techniques for working with adults and children to guide professionals, including those new to using art therapy and creative approaches in end-of-life care services.

    This international handbook is essential reading for arts therapists, social workers, medical personnel, faith leaders, and psychologists interested in a collaborative and accessible approach to working with patients and families affected by loss.

    List of Figures  List of Tables  Preface  Foreword  SECTION ONE: ART THERAPY WITH INDIVIDUALS  Chapter 1  Deepening the Inner World: When Art Therapy Meets Spiritual Needs  Chapter 2 The Spiritual in Art Therapy at the End Of Life  Chapter 3 Snapshot of Practice: Art Therapy and Acquired Visual Loss  Chapter 4 Art Therapy and Juvenile NCL  Chapter 5 Blurry Vision: Introducing Art Therapy to Palliative Care Patients  Chapter 6 Snapshot of Practice: A Case of Individual Art Therapy  Chapter 7a Religious Practice in Russia, Medical Settings, And End of Life Rituals  Chapter 7b Addressing End of Life Care, Loss, And Bereavement in The Russian Federation  Chapter 8 Stillbirth: Mourning Unspeakable Loss with Art Therapy And EMDR  Chapter 9 The Empathic Mirror: Healing Grief and Loss Through Portrait Therapy at End of Life  Chapter 10 Utilizing Tablet Computers in Art Therapy for Young People with Chronic and Life-Limiting Illnesses  Chapter 11 Connecting and Belonging: Using Technology for Art Therapy in Palliative Care  Chapter 12 Snapshot of Practice: Art Therapy in Hospice: The Florence Experience in Italy  SECTION TWO: ART THERAPY FOR GROUPS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES  Chapter 13  Snapshot of Practice: Art Therapy in Paediatric Oncology  Chapter 14 Art Therapy, Community Engagement, & Living and Dying  Chapter 15 A Chorus of Angels, the Ripple of Water, and the Weight of Stone: Art Therapy and Artwork which Cradle both Family Carers and their Relative with Dementia  Chapter 16 Snapshot of Practice: Researching the Outcomes of Art Therapy For Caregivers Of Patients At End-Of-Life  Chapter 17 Wading in Knee Deep – The Art Therapist in Different End-Of-Life Settings  Chapter 18 Coming Up for Air: Art Therapy with Children Affected by Childhood Cancer  Chapter 19 An Art Therapist’s Approach to Total Pain  Chapter 20 The Power of Creative Expression and Ritual: Integrating Art Therapy into A Bereavement Camp  Chapter 21 Saying Goodbye: Grieving Families Chapter 22 ‘Time to Unwind’: Meitheal at the Crossroads - An Open Art Therapy and Music Therapy Group on the Specialist Palliative Care Inpatient Unit  Chapter 23 Group Art Therapy using Telemedicine Technology for Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy  Chapter 24 Snapshot of Practice: Mind-Body Art Grief Group  Chapter 25 Beginning at The End  SECTION THREE: ART THERAPY FOR CROSS-CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS, NATIONAL TRAGEDIES, AND DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF Chapter 26 Snapshot of Practice: Private Practice Art Therapy in Dubai  Chapter 27 Art Therapy in Prison Hospice: A Compassionate Bridge  Chapter 28 Killing Time: The Dying Art Therapy Group in A High Secure Hospital  Chapter 29 Disenfranchised Grief: The Impact of Grief In The Military  Chapter 30 Feeling the Pulse: An Art Therapist’s Response To Tragedy  Chapter 31 Communitas & Soul-Healing: Arts Therapy Within the Loss-Upon-Loss of Natural Disaster  Chapter 32 Snapshot of Practice: Notes on Palliative Care Art Therapy in Singapore  Chapter 33 Healing Wounds - Meeting Māori At End of Life  Chapter 34 Art Therapy’s Contribution to Alleviating the HIV Burden in South Africa  Chapter 35 Narratives East West – Art Therapy in A Hospice in Northern India: A Patchwork of Cross-Cultural Encounters  GLOSSARY  Appendix ART THERAPY ASSOCIATIONS WORLDWIDE  LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS  Index


    Michèle J.M. Wood BA (Hons), PGDip, MA, MClin. Res., SFHEA is an HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist with 30 years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, educator and researcher. She is an international authority on art therapy in palliative care.

    Becky Jacobson LPC, ATR, LMT has provided art therapy within hospice, bereavement, mental health, and community-based programs locally and internationally. Her work focuses on combining psychotherapy, mindfulness, and creative self-expression.

    Hannah Cridford BA (Hons), MDes, MA is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, working in two hospices in the UK. She was awarded the Corinne Burton Memorial Trust Scholarship in 2010.

    "Michèle Wood and colleagues present a rigorous and compelling argument for art therapy as a key tool in the palliative care arsenal. They offer an international, critical, and inclusive account of its value for patients, families, and staff in palliative care. This book presents a cross-cultural view of the discipline, approaching the field in a scholarly way. It will be of interest to all multidisciplinary members of the palliative care team, as well as patients."

    Faye Gishen, PhD, BSc, FRCP, SFHEA, FAcadMedEd

    "Why is art therapy so effective in alleviating distress and suffering? How do art therapists support the palliative and bereavement care communities? These questions and more are expertly addressed in this comprehensive collection of chapters, covering the range of issues and detailing the ways in which art therapists from diverse settings around the world are uniquely equipped to help."

    Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, past president, the American Art Therapy Association; clinical research advisor, Creative Forces, National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network; adjunct associate professor of art therapy, George Washington University

    "This book assembles a team of internationally-renowned art therapists who share a commitment to rigorous, analytically-derived but non-polarized expositions of their work. The contributors reflect on many aspects of art therapy, demonstrating how it can address spiritual needs in different groups of patients approaching the end of life. It is both illuminating, moving and intensely practical."

    Professor Sheila Payne, emeritus professor, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University

    "This book is a valuable initiative, bringing together such a diverse range of voices and contexts. It will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the field of art therapy in palliative and bereavement care."

    Jill Westwood, PhD, MA (RCA), PG Dip Art Therapy, BA (Hons), fine art HCPC registered art psychotherapist; programme convenor, Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

    "Art therapy in palliative and bereavement care is a rich and multifaceted practice. Art therapists who support patients and their families at the end of life must find courage in the face of suffering and hope in the healing power of creative engagement. Helping patients tell their stories while there is still time, express the truths of relationships, and leave behind an intentional legacy are among the gifts of this work. This handbook offers principles, research and case examples from art therapists in a dozen countries, including work with children, adults, hospice, community, and prison populations, and bereavement support for families. The topics included reflect the nuances of adapting art therapy practice to different cultures and belief systems. The handbook is an inspiring resource for any art therapist working in palliative care."

    Tracy Councill, art therapy program director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Georgetown/Lombardi at Tracy's Kids