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Art Therapy with Physical Conditions

Art therapy is traditionally associated with mental health services and, to some extent, dementia care and neurology in long-term settings.

Art therapy is traditionally associated with mental health services and, to some extent, dementia care and neurology in long-term settings.

As this book illustrates, however, it can also be delivered to help patients and carers adjust to chronic or terminal illness, and life-limiting conditions.

People with cancer tend to live for longer than ever before and, in my practice for example, the delivery of art therapy is being expanded to help patients and their carers recover from treatment.

With contributions from 17 art therapists, this book provides details of the potential benefits of art therapy for people living with acute and chronic illness, and neurological conditions, as well as people who work with children. There are also chapters on diabetes and terminal illness.

Joining theory with practice and drawing on illustrative case studies, the authors demonstrate the power of art therapy – not just for patients adjusting to illness, but also for carers facing impending loss.

The book includes pictures of art work to illustrate the therapeutic journey. It also explores practitioners’ responses to patients’ art works.

The authors draw on several referenced theories and models to analyse the processes and complexities of their and patients’ and carers’ work.

I recommend that clinical staff read this book to appreciate the potential for art therapy to improve quality of life.

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