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Art Therapy with Physical Conditions

Art Therapy with Physical Conditions

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As the emotional components of physical illnesses become more recognised, there is a renewed interest in the potential of art therapy to help patients come to terms with injury, pain and terminal and life-long conditions.

A wide range of experienced art therapists describe their work and its benefits to a variety of groups including those with cancer, debilitating conditions such as myalgic encephalopathy (M.E.) and ulcerative colitis. Physical conditions in combination with other factors such as homelessness or learning disabilities, and children with life-long and chronic conditions are also covered. The book includes discussion of spiritual and philosophical issues when mortality is faced, life change and adjustment issues, practical considerations and which models of practice art therapists find most helpful with various groups.

This will be essential reading for arts therapists and students, as well as for professionals with an interest in psychological issues and wellbeing for patients with physical illness or long term conditions, such as psychotherapists and counsellors, complementary therapists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849053495
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Marian Liebmann has worked in art therapy with offenders, with women's groups and community groups, and more recently in the Inner City Mental Health Team in Bristol, UK, where she has developed work on anger issues. She has also worked as an art therapist at Penny Brohn Cancer Care. She lectures on art therapy at several universities in the UK and Ireland. She also works in restorative justice, mediation and conflict resolution, and has run Art, Conflict and Anger workshops in many countries. In 2013 Marian was awarded an OBE for services to social justice through art therapy and mediation. She has written and edited several art therapy books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Sally Weston was a community worker in various development and campaigning posts in London and Yorkshire before training as an art therapist in 1991. She has worked as an art therapist in the NHS, in adult mental health in Bradford and for the past 17 years in neurological rehabilitation. In addition she has run art therapy groups for people with dementia, MIND members, adult students with learning disabilities, and children in primary and secondary schools. She has worked as an art therapy educator at Sheffield, Hertfordshire and Roehampton universities.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr Trevor Thompson 9

Preface 11

Introduction Marian Liebmann Sally Weston 13


Part I Setting the Scene

Chapter 1 Does Your Body Mind? Does Your Mind Matter? Art Psychotherapy and the Complexity of Interactions Between Mind and Body Malcolm Learmonth Karen Huckvale ?Isabel' ?Rachel' 30

Part II Cancer

Chapter 2 Short-term Art Therapy Groups for People with Cancer Jo Beedell Marian Liebmann 56

Chapter 3 Absences in Images: What Those Affected by Life-limiting Illness Leave out of Their Pictures Jaini Hadley 80

Chapter 4 Art Therapy, Cancer and the Recalibration of Identity Michèle Wood 97

Part III Debilitating Conditions

Chapter 5 Completing the Picture: Art Therapy with a Client with ME Simon Richardson 114

Chapter 6 Anthroposophie Art Therapy with a Patient Suffering from Ulcerative Colitis Don Ratcliffe 130

Part IV Physical Conditions and Other Conditions

Chapter 7 Art Therapy, Health and Homelessness Julie Jackson 148

Chapter 8 Life, Loss and Labels: Art Therapy with Clients with Learning Disabilities and Terminal Physical Illness Nicki Power Alison Hawtin 164

Chapter 9 Trapped Bodies, Open Minds: A Multicultural Art Therapy Group for Mental Health Service Users with Physical Health Problems Cherry Lawrence Kayleigh Orr 187


Chapter 10 War Zones: Art Therapy with an Eleven-year-old Boy with Crohn's Disease Michael Fischer 210

Chapter 11 Receiving the Dragon: A Diabetic Boy's Experience of Creation, Damage and Repair in Art Therapy Jo Clifton 227

Chapter 12 Intimations of Mortality: Art Therapy with Children and Young People with Life-threatening or Life-limiting Illnesses Jo Bissonnet 240

Chapter 13 The Power of the Image in Memory-making with Children with Life-limiting Conditions Carole Simpson 256

Personal Reflections

Chaptet 14 Psyche and Soma: Reflections of a Whole Person Sarah A.V. Lewis 274

Glossary 281

The Contributors 287

Subject Index 291

Author Index 297

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