Art Therapy and Cancer Care / Edition 1

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"This book is inspired by the experience of art therapists who have pioneered work with people with cancer, including those who have experienced this devastating illness first hand. It acknowledges the outstanding work of the Corinne Burton Trust, which has supported the development of art therapy services in hospices and clinics throughout the United Kingdom." "Narratives, case studies, new theoretical insights, and the inclusion of writing from Italy, France and the United States of America contribute to the strength and originality of this book. Therapeutic work is placed in its institutional context, demonstrating the importance for the art therapy service of being understood, supported and valued at managerial level - and how the lack of this can impact adversely on patient care." Art Therapy and Cancer Care is key reading for art therapists, artists in health care and other health or social care professionals who are looking for approaches that will improve the quality of living for cancer patients, and yet not shy away from the process of dying.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335216208
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Facing Death Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Waller is Professor of Art Psychotherapy and Director of Programs in Group and Intercultural Therapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

Caryl Sibbett is Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland, where she is Director of the M.Sc. Art Therapy course.

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Table of Contents

1 On death and dying 1
2 'Betwixt and between' : crossing thresholds 12
3 Body image and the construction of identity 38
4 Liminal embodiment : embodied and sensory experience in cancer care and art therapy 50
5 Shoreline : the realities of working in cancer and palliative care 82
6 A woman with breast cancer in art therapy 102
7 Art therapy as Perseus' shield for children with cancer 119
8 The efficacy of a single session 128
9 Art therapy with a late adolescent cancer patient : reflections on adolescent development, separation and individuation, and identity form 137
10 The healing journey : a ten-week group focusing on long-term healing processes 149
11 Musing with death in group art therapy with cancer patients 163
12 Fear of annihilation : defensive strategies used within art therapy groups and organizations for cancer patients 172
13 Creating through loss : how art therapists sustain their practice in palliative care 185
14 Art therapy in the hospice : rewards and frustrations 199
15 A 'don't know' story : art therapy in an NHS medical oncology department 210
16 An art therapist's experience of having cancer : living and dying with the tiger 223
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