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3rd Edition

Using the Creative Arts in Therapy and Healthcare
A Practical Introduction

Edited By

Bernie Warren

ISBN 9780415404044
Published March 31, 2008 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Using the Creative Arts in Therapy and Healthcare provides a practical introduction to the uses of arts and other creative processes to promote health and encourage healing.

This latest edition includes newly edited chapters from the original and second edition covering the therapeutic use of dance, drama, folklore and ritual, story telling and the visual arts. Information on guidelines, preparations and practical hints for leaders and facilitators has also been updated. New chapters provide an international perspective in the field of the arts and healthcare, and show how the artist can alleviate distress for patients through art, music and drama.

Illustrated throughout with ideas and examples of how the arts can be used in a range of healthcare settings, this book will be essential reading for creative arts therapists and healthcare professionals throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Warren, Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards: A Preface and Introduction to Using the Creative Arts in Therapy and Healthcare. Warren, Guidelines, Preparations and Practical Hints: A Brief Checklist for Workshop Leaders. Warren, Don’t Forget to Breathe and Smile: Breathing Exercises as Warm-ups for Art Activities in Healthcare Settings. Watling, James, Folklore and Ritual as a Basis for Creative Therapy. Nadeau, Using the Visual Arts to Expand Personal Creativity. Warren, Coaten, Dance: Developing Self-image and Self-expression Through Movement. Yon, Expanding Human Potential Through Music. Warren, Drama: Using the Imagination as a Stepping-stone for Personal Growth. Neill, Storymaking and Storytelling: Weaving the Fabric That Creates Our Lives. Welch, Creating Community: Ensembling Performance Using Masks, Puppets and Theatre. Rollins, Arts for Children in Hospitals: Helping to Put the "Art" Back in Medicine. Pointe, Serviss, Friends Arts in Healthcare Programs at The University of Alberta Hospital: Fostering a Healing Environment. Warren, Healing Laughter: The Role and Benefits of Clown-doctors Working in Hospitals and Healthcare. Schamberger, Songlines: Developing Innovative Arts Programs for Use with Children Who Are Visually Impaired or Brain Injured. Spitzer, Laughterboss: Introducing a New Position in Aged Care.

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Bernie Warren is professor of Drama and Education in the Community in the School of Dramatic Arts, University of Windsor, Ontario Canada. He is also the Artistic Director of the Fools for Health clown-doctor Program


Reviews of the second edition: "Inspiration and guidance for attempts to engage patients in creative activity." - Nursing Times

"A practical introduction to a rapidly developing field ... the authors are keen to demystify the arts, making them approachable for all and with so many practical and useful hints they have clearly succeeded." - British Journal of Medical Psychology