Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy provides an arts-based approach to the theory and practice of expressive arts therapy. The book explores the various expressive arts therapy modalities both individually and in relationship to each other. The contributors emphasize the importance of the imagination and of aesthetic experience, arguing that these are central to psychological well-being, and challenging accepted views which place primary emphasis on the cognitive and emotional dimensions of mental health and development. Part One explores the theory which informs the practice of expressive arts therapy. Part Two relates this theory to the therapeutic application of the expressive arts (including music, art, movement, drama, poetry and voicework) in different contexts, ranging from play therapy with children to trauma work with Bosnian refugees and second-generation Holocaust survivors. Comprehensive in its coverage of the most fundamental aspects of expressive arts therapy, this book is a significant contribution to the field and a useful reference for all practitioners.
'This book does succeed in laying common ground beneath so many individual approaches to therapy, with its emphasis upon the imagination, spontaneous creative expression and intermodal techniques. It will, I suspect, become a standard textbook for practitioners, and it is without doubt a treasure trove for researchers, but I think it also has much to offer the general reader, for all of these issues are fundamentally human ones and could have meaning to anyone.'- Research in Drama Education
About the Author
Stephen K. Levine is Associate Professor of Social Science at York University, Toronto as well as Co-Director of ISIS-Canada and Associate Dean and Director of the Doctoral Programme at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. He is the author of Poiesis: The Language of Psychology and the Speech of the Soul, also published by Jessica Kingsley. Ellen G. Levine is Co-Director of ISIS-Canada and has been a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health since 1988. She is also a core faculty member of the European Graduate School, Switzerland and the author of Tending the Fire: Studies in Art, Therapy and Creativity.