Art Therapy

Author: David Edwards


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  • ISBN: 9781446201800
  • Author: David Edwards
  • Publ Date: 2013-12-16
  • Edition: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Imprint: SAGE *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 187844

Table of Contents :

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


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 - conducting and participating in workshops. Now even more practical and accessible, this fully updated Second Edition includes a glossary, chapter summaries and other learning features, as well as a number of visual aids. Case studies from a variety of settings show trainees 'how to do' art therapy in real-life scenarios. An extended case study provides an overview of the whole process from beginning to end, tying together issues discussed in earlier chapters. 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.


For a comprehensive, and thoughtful introduction to Art Therapy this is possibly the best place to start. -- Nicholas D. Stein David Edwards' updated Art Therapy 2nd edition aptly manages to convey a breadth as well as a depth of the profession.This book's accessible and lively style makes it an excellent primary text to gain a comprehensive understanding of art therapy. It makes for essential reading for people interested in the field as well as students and professionals alike. -- Jonathan Isserow

Author Biography:

David Edwards is University Counsellor at University of Sheffield, and a psychodynamic psychotherapist for Derbyshire Dales Community Mental Health Service.


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