ISBN-10:
1853028142
ISBN-13:
9781853028144
Pub. Date:
10/01/2001
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Studio Art Therapy: Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist / Edition 1

Studio Art Therapy: Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist / Edition 1

by Catherine Hyland Moon, Moon
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Overview

Arguing that the profession of art therapy has its roots in the studio environment, Catherine Moon proposes that it is now time to reclaim these roots, and make art once again central to art therapy. She suggests that there has been a tendency for art therapy not merely to interact with and be enriched by other perspectives - psychological, social, anthropological and transpersonal - but to be subsumed by them. For this reason she makes a clear distinction between using art in one's practice of therapy, and working from an art-based model. This book presents a model of art therapy where the products and processes of art constitute the core of the model, rather than serving as the impetus for adaptations of other theories of counselling or therapy. It addresses how an arts-based approach can inform the therapist in all aspects of practice, from the conception of the work and the attempt to understand client needs to interacting with clients and communicating with others about the profession of art therapy.

Integrated into the book are stories about the work of art therapists, art therapy students and those who seek help in art therapy, presenting the theory behind studio art therapy and bringing it to life. Moon believes that the arts have something unique to offer to the therapeutic process which distinguish the arts therapies from other therapeutic professions. This book is a comprehensive and engaging exploration of the possibilities inherent in the therapeutic use of the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853028144
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Series: Arts Therapies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 539,764
Product dimensions: 7.09(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Catherine Hyland Moon, MA, ATR, is an art therapist with over twenty years' experience in the mental health field. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her recent artwork has focused on performance art and the incorporation of found objects in painting.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. How we conceive of the work we do. 3. The process of cultivating an artist identity. 4. Creating the studio space. 5. Responding to clients through the poetry of their lives. 6. A relational aesthetic. 7. Influence of an artistic perspective on therapeutic work. 8. Role of the therapist as artist. 9. Communicating with others about the work we do. 10. Art therapy and social responsibility. Epilogue. References. Index.

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