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Overview

Discover creative new ways to facilitate the therapeutic process

Therapeutic modalities that psychotherapists usually rely on—such as psychodynamic, humanistic, systems, cognitive, narrative, analytic and solution focused—are all verbal interventions. Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies presents a comprehensive overview of complementary and alternative therapeutic interventions that go beyond the standard verbal approaches. The therapies presented in this book—including mindfulness and meditation, spirituality, poetry therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and touch therapy—provide the reader with creative non-traditional modalities that are effective in conjunction with traditional treatment, or as substitutes. They may enrich talk-therapy, especially when therapists and/or clients get "stuck," or they may provide healing on their own.

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies explains the basics about how these nontraditional therapies work and provides vivid examples for utilizing them in treatment. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field of expertise, and includes a description of the approach, research evidence about its effectiveness, guidelines on how to use the therapy in practice, and case examples. This excellent volume also provides practitioners with a wide range of resources, including Web sites, information on state and national organizations, accrediting board info, and more.

Topics in Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies include:

  • the mind-body relationship
  • ways to integrate spirituality in counseling
  • the healing components of poetry
  • research studies on art therapy
  • different techniques available in Psychodrama
  • using body movement as a means of expressing conflicts and desires
  • how music therapy promotes positive changes in the client
  • the healing aspects of animals
  • and much more!
Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies is a horizon-expanding guide for therapists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, physicians, educators, and students.
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What People Are Saying

Willow Pearson
A TREASURY of non-verbal psycho-spiritual technologies for health and healing. BEAUTIFULLY ACCESSIBLE to all who are interested in incorporating complementary and alternative therapies, this book is A VITAL RESOURCE for medical and mental health centers. . . . Will engender and re-ignite and the integrative impulse, availing the reader to a more complete range of therapeutic modalities including healing touch, expressive arts, mindfulness and spiritual support. (Willow Pearson, MA, MT-BC, LPC, Founder and Director, Lionessroars Therapeutic Arts; Faculty, Integral Theory Program, John F. Kennedy University; Faculty, Integral Psychotherapy Center, Integral Institute)
Zindel V. Segal
Will educate mental health professionals about a broad range of psychological therapeutics that are often overlooked. By showing how body, sense and touch augment traditional verbal interventions, the authors of this book reveal the contours of A TRULY INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO TREATMENT. (Zindel V. Segal, PhD, CPsych, Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Toronto)
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Meet the Author

Anne L. Strozier, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida. Dr. Strozier is also the Director of the Florida Kinship Center and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. She has used complementary and alternative apprpoaches in her therapy practice for many years, has conducted research on the use of touch in psychotherapy, and has taught graduate social work classes and led professional workshops about complementary and alternative therapies.

Joyce E. Carpenter, MSW, grew up in Wallsend, an industrial town, in the North East of England. During her work as an elementary school teacher working with children in both urban and rural-based deprived neighborhoods, she recognized that many students failed to learn when taught by traditional methods. She began to use a multidisciplinary approach (incorporating poetry, music, drama, dance, art, and literature) to engage her students in their work. In 1992, she joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida where she now works as an advisor and recruiter.

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Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Chapter 1. Introduction (Anne L. Strozier)
  • Why Should I Read This Book?
  • What Are Alternative and Complementary Methods?
  • Does Anyone Really Use Alternative/Complementary Therapies?
  • Overview of the Book
  • Chapter 2. Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health (Jeff Brantley, Dawn Doucette, and Ann Lindell)
  • Introduction
  • Understanding the Concept of Mindfulness
  • Cultivating Mindfulness Through Meditation
  • The History of Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Mindfulness and Health
  • Clinical Applications of Mindfulness
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Spirituality (Mary P. Van Hook)
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Why Should Spirituality and Religion Be Included in the Counseling Process?
  • Ethical Issues
  • Spirituality and Counseling
  • Life Cycle Issues
  • Treatment Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Tearing the Darkness Down: Poetry As Therapy (Perie J. Longo)
  • Introduction
  • Language and Poetry
  • History of Poetry Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy in a Residential Treatment Center
  • Training in Poetry Therapy
  • Guidelines for the Practice of Poetry Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy Group Guidelines
  • Healing Elements of Poetry
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 5. Art Therapy (Laura A. Cherry)
  • Description of Modality
  • History
  • Art Therapy Approaches
  • Research on the Effectiveness of Art Therapy
  • Validation of Art Therapy Instruments
  • Guidelines on How to Use Art Therapy in Practice
  • Case Study
  • Contraindications for Art Therapy?
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Psychodrama (Trudy K. Duffy)
  • Introduction
  • History of Psychodrama
  • Theory of Psychodrama
  • Instruments
  • Phases of Psychodrama
  • Main Techniques of Psychodrama
  • Examples of Psychodrama in Different Settings
  • Efficacy of Psychodrama
  • Chapter 7. Dance/Movement Therapy (Irma Dosamantes-Beaudry)
  • The Creative Arts Therapies’ Field and Dance/Movement Therapy
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • Definition, Premises, and Practitioners of DMT
  • DMT As a Creative, Psychodynamic Therapeutic Process
  • Employment Settings
  • Variety of DMT Treatment Approaches
  • Research-Based Evidence of Effectiveness
  • Guidelines for the Use of DMT
  • Short-Term Psychodynamic DMT
  • Long-Term Psychodynamic DMT
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Music Therapy (Jennifer Jones)
  • Definition
  • History of Music Therapy
  • Why Music?
  • Music Therapy Techniques
  • Conclusion
  • Levels of Treatment
  • Music In Therapy or Music As Therapy
  • Case Studies
  • Summary Statement
  • Chapter 9. Therapists and Animals: Demystifying Animal-Assisted Therapy (Aubrey H. Fine and Pamela F. Beiler)
  • People and Their Pets
  • Animals and Healing
  • Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI)
  • The History of Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy in Psychotherapy
  • Integrating AAT into Psychotherapy Practice
  • The Need for Further Research
  • Guidelines for Developing an AAT Program
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Touch Therapies (Anne L. Strozier, Catherine E. Randall, and Erin Kuhn)
  • Touch in Psychotherapy
  • Reiki
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Massage As Touch Therapy
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Appendix. Resources for Further Exploration
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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