Therapeutic Art Directives and Resources: Activities and Innovations for Individuals and Groups

Author(s): Susan R. Makin

Art & Creative Therapies

This text constitutes directives for sessions with groups or individual patients. It should be beneficial in situations where patients are reluctant to express themselves spontaneously, Makin explaining why these directives can offer creative freedom and are not restricting. Suggestions are given for the suitability of different art media for each directive. Commentaries by Cathie Malchiodi highlight for which patients and at which stage of treatment each directive is most appropriate, and any risks which the therapist should be aware of when dealing with specificgroups of patients.


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Susan R. Makin is currently pursuing her career as a professional artist, writer, and advisor, in Boston and Toronto. She was previously Psychotherapeutic Services Coordinator and Expressive Arts Therapist at The Welcare Center, Toronto, while a lecturer in Psychosomatics at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine and field faculty advisor at Vermont College of Norwich University. She has also led and created arts therapy programs at the Toronto Hospital for seven years. Dr. Makin presents workshops internationally, and is the author of three books on arts therapies.

Part 1 Getting organized: art-making supplies; patients' records; therapists' records. Part 2 Taking direction: for warm-ups and closings; allowing for spontaneity; for individuals; for groups; intermodally; with poetry-writing; about journalism; focusing on a creative journal; starting on a creative journal; a creative journalling kit. Part 3 Going it alone: emphasizing the therapist's own spontaneity; creating your own art therapy directives.

General Fields

  • : 9781853028243
  • : 92434
  • : 92434
  • : November 1999
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan R. Makin
  • : Paperback
  • : 615.85156
  • : 144
  • : references, index