Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach

Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach

by Ellen G. Levine


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Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach by Ellen G. Levine

Ellen G. Levine draws on her extensive experience in clinical settings to present a series of case studies that demonstrate how art-making and imaginary play can provide a space for children to metabolize their experiences. Each study is followed by an arts-based research discussion of the themes that emerged in the clinical sessions and the basic principles that were followed in the work with the child or family. The model of expressive arts therapy is used to explore the questions that arise from the cases, which range from issues of war trauma, to anger, grief, and the impact of mental illness in the family.

This comprehensive guide to the use of play and art in working with children and parents will be of interest to students and practitioners in the fields of expressive arts therapy and psychotherapy, in addition to anyone working with children in disciplines such as psychology, social work and psychiatry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849055048
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ellen G. Levine is Co-Founder and Faculty member of ISIS-Canada, a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health, and a core faculty member of the European Graduate School, Switzerland. She has been working with children and parents in a clinical setting with the arts and play for over 30 years and is co-author of Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change and Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward a Therapeutic Aesthetics, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1. Theoretical Foundations. 1.1. Art Therapy, Child Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy: A Professional Autobiography. 1.2. Working with Children and Parents: The Architecture of a Session. Part 2. Clinical Practice and Arts-Based Research. 2.1. Playing with Sadness – The Beauty that Sustains. 2.2. Playing with War – The Round Nest. 2.3. Playing with Anger and Control – Playmates. 2.4. Playing as Food – Taking Risks and Crossing Boundaries. 2.5. Playing with the House – Keep Moving, Keep Playing. Conclusion. Appendix: The Developmental Profile and Treatment Progress Report. References.

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