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Working Across Modalities in the Arts Therapies
Creative Collaborations

ISBN 9781315559889
Published September 6, 2017 by Routledge
212 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Working Across Modalities in the Arts Therapies: Creative Collaborations offers an in-depth insight into cross-modality and transdisciplinary practice in the arts therapies. Including contributions from drama, music, dance movement and art therapists, as well as professionals from related disciplines, it vividly demonstrates how the alchemy of these collaborations produces innovative interventions and new approaches to working with clients.

Compelling examples of collaborative practice cover a variety of client groups, ranging from Syrian refugee children and women with eating disorders, to homeless war veterans and sex offenders. Together, the authors make the case for the effectiveness of cross-modal and transdisciplinary approaches when working with otherwise hard-to-reach and complex populations.

This book is a guide to good practice and an invaluable resource for both experienced arts therapists and those new to the field. It will also be of benefit to healthcare and education professionals, arts practitioners, and anyone with an interest in the subject.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Tessa Watson


Tasha Colbert & Cornelia Bent

Part I: Cross Modality Practice and Research in the Arts Therapies


1 Not Doing What it Says on the Tin: A family awareness group in a high security hospital

Alex Maguire & Martina Mindang


2 Moving Colour: Combining dance movement psychotherapy and art psychotherapy in a NHS community women’s group

Claire Burrell & Marika Cohen


3 Staying Connected: Combining music therapy and dance movement psychotherapy in an acute mental health setting

Tasha Colbert & Cornelia Bent


4 Facing Rupture and Nurturing a Creative Space: A dramatherapy and art therapy group on an acute ward in a medium secure forensic hospital

Cathy Goodwin & Alison Ramm


5 Ambivalence, Boundaries, Edges and Expansion: Relatedness and collaboration in a dance movement psychotherapy and music therapy group for adults with learning disabilities

Céline Butté & Diana Whelan


6 Stretch Marks: An exploration of a joint dramatherapy and music therapy group

Gillian Downie & Robin Wiltshire


7 An Innovative Collaboration: Combining art and music therapy interventions for adults with learning disabilities

Megan Charles & Judith Sanoon


8 Holding Hope: Rehabilitation of Syrian refugee children through art, music and dance movement therapy

Seda S. Güney, Leyla Akca Atik and Danny S. Lundmark


Part II: Transdisciplinary Practice and Research in the Arts Therapies


9 Regaining Balance through Family Art Psychotherapy

Katie Wilson & Yvonne Rose


10 A Transdisciplinary Approach: Working with individuals in a sex offender treatment programme

Kate Rothwell & Dr. Laura Henagulph

11 The Boy Who Cried Wolf: A collaborative approach to long term segregation

Emma Allen


12 Left Overs: Exploring Body Image

Camilla Matthews


13 Almost Paradise: A creative arts collaboration helping US veterans recover from homelessness

Lisa Peacock

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Tasha Colbert PG(dip), RDMP, UKCP is a registered dance movement psychotherapist who has practiced for over fifteen years with a variety of client groups in the NHS, education and private practice. She lectures on dance movement psychotherapy programmes in the UK and internationally, and facilitates various continued professional development (CPD) trainings. She is an experienced clinical supervisor and psychotherapist with a private practice in West London.

Cornelia Bent MA, HCPC, BAMT is a UK registered music therapist who has worked for over ten years with a wide range of client groups in a variety of settings, including the NHS, education and charity sector. Within her current clinical practice in adult mental health, she often collaborates with other arts psychotherapists, contributes clinically to music therapy research trials and presents at conferences internationally.


"This book is a cause for celebration. It documents therapeutic stories that will help us to learn about our own disciplines and those in related fields, and I recommend it to a wide range of health professionals. It presents a diverse picture of collaborative clinical work, and provides creative ideas for the continued development of practice"

Tessa Watson

At a time when walls are built, and social 'divorces' are in the making, this book comes as a thoughtprovoking

and hopeful alternative to remind readers that collaborations across modalities,

disciplines and borders of all kinds are possible and useful. Inspiring examples are offered of how to

work with clients who are struggling with fragmentation, the long-term impact of ill health, disability

or social adversity, placing interventions within the wider context of the multidisciplinary team, the

family and the wider community. This is a book about the struggles and the benefits of being with

others, opening up possibilities and creating connections. And as such a valuable guide of how to

counter-act fear, disempowerment and isolation for clients and therapists alike. Well done to Tasha

Colbert and Cornelia Bent for bringing to the foreground and to the public domain all these, well

selected, examples of collaborative working.


Prof Vicky Karkou, Chair of Dance, Arts and Wellbeing, Edge Hill University

Co-author of the Arts Therapies: A Research-Based Map of the Field