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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (March 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843107694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843107699
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It can be difficult to be spontaneous during every art therapy group. It is helpful to have a resource full of creative and inspiring ideas that can be utilized as needed. This broad-ranging collection of projects injects variety into art therapy sessions. A Practical Art Therapy is written in an easy-to-read format that is filled with practical creative experiences for therapists to use with individuals and groups.Chapters cover various media and methods, including murals, collages, sculpture and drawing, making it easily accessible for even the busiest therapist. Susan Buchalter includes practical art projects using everyday objects, and follows them through with a list of materials needed, a procedure plan and aims of the project.The creative exercises draw on situations and ideas that children and adults can relate to - for example, drawing wishes and goals, sculpting their own stress and creating a collage self-portrait. The author suggests ways of expanding art-making activities, such as drawing to music and creating personal logos. This book is suitable for those new to the arts therapies field, practising art therapists, counselors and social workers.

About the Author

Susan Buchalter is a senior clinical therapist at the University Medical Centre at Princeton. She is a certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified group psychotherapist. She has over 25 years' experience of leading art therapy and psychotherapy groups.

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By Ashley on March 3 2013
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Great resource for art therapists! Quick and easy to read! It's very resourceful for activities, use of activities, and for a suitable population!
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Excellent Book Sept. 13 2004
By Lauren Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is so helpful if you do therapy groups. It has many creative ideas, which will help any type of counselor or therapist. It is my art therapy bible. I carry it to work every day. Any time I need a quick and creative idea I have one at my fingertips. The directions are easy to read and the ideas are vey good and thought provoking. I definitely recommend it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Great Resource March 1 2008
By Adriann Downes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author does a wonderful job of listing projects and exercises that can be used 1:1 or in groups. The writing is concise and informative; crucial for those of us who don't have the time to filter through a lot of rhetoric to find useful and meaningful material. The projects utilize a variety of mediums, but remain cost effective. Great for opening up a dialogue on a variety of subjects, and has proven invaluable for my clients with schizophrenia (especially the group projects.) Highly recommended!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! May 24 2007
By Sarah B. Connell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent resource. Clear, concise information and techniques that work for kids and adults. Good rationale, easy to find information in book. A must read for therapists!

- Sarah (MFT Intern)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the BEST Art Therapy books for directives/project suggestions... Feb. 9 2008
By natpat - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE this book. The entire book is FULL of different art directives and activities to use with students/clients. Almost everything can be easily adapted to suit people of all ages. I am currently planning a group for teenage girls and all of the planned directives have been adapted from this book. This is really a wonderful book to own for anyone interested in Art Therapy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Just received it today June 7 2008
By Nocode - Published on Amazon.com
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After looking through this book for a short time I'm impressed. It is just what I have been looking for. There are many, many ideas! Easy to read. I would say buy it if you are looking for art therapy ideas!