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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Second Edition

December 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This bestselling introduction to art therapy brings theory to life through case material and examples of real artwork produced during therapy sessions. Practising art therapist Dave Edwards explains key theoretical ideas - such as symbolism, play, transference and interpretation - and shows how these relate to practice.

As well as providing useful information on training, employment and the role of the HPC, the book offers extra practical guidance on:

- assessing clients

- establishing and maintaining boundaries

- ending therapy

- private practice.  

Now even more practical and accessible, this fully updated Second Edition includes a glossary, chapter summaries and other learning features. Case studies from a variety of settings shillustrate the application of art therapy in real-life scenarios.  

This book offers an excellent foundation on which to build future knowledge and skills and should be on the shelf of every art therapy trainee and new practitioner.

David Edwards is an experienced HCPC registered art therapist who lives and works in Sheffield, UK.


What Is Art Therapy?
The Historical Background to Art Therapy
The Emergence of Art Therapy as a Profession in the UK
Frames of Reference - Psychoanalysis, Art and Art Therapy
Art Therapy in Practice
Training - From Apprentice to Practitioner
Professional Issues

Art therapy was not appropriate for this course.

Mrs Susan Simpson
Scarborough Campus, Hull University
October 22, 2015

The text provides useful insight regarding the design of art therapy interventions with diverse client groups. It is a highly recommended book for academics, practitioners and clinicians

Mr Gwatirera Javangwe
Psychology, University of Zimbabwe
April 15, 2015

A little too specialist for the art programmes we offer.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 5, 2015

This book has lots of nice ideas and illustrations and we found that the techniques and methods discussed are easily transferable and inspire you to be creative in your own work.

Mr Peter Trowsdale
Counselling, West Herts College
January 8, 2015

What a fabulous book on Art therapy, exploring its uses and outcomes for various issues.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
August 18, 2015

I would highly recommend this book for any counsellor and psychotherapist, play therapist, supervisor or student who is ready to expand their creativity and engage in art therapy.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Gisela Oates Faculty Office, PCI College
September 17, 2014

useful for all students because they can consider appraoches that move beyond words alone. Loved the book!

Dr Lyndsey Moon
Department Of Psychology, Roehampton Univ.
June 2, 2014

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Chapter One: What is Art Therapy?

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