Presence and process in expressive arts work: At the edge of wonder

Author(s): Herbert Eberhart

Art & Creative Therapies

What are the basic attitudes, values, and practices that are essential for effective work with the expressive arts? This book explores the answer to that question. The authors examine in depth the concepts of 'presence' - a way of 'being' - and 'process' - an open and trusting way of working - in the professional helping relationship and in the making of art. They introduce readers to the premise of the 'uniqueness of persons' that underpins these ideas, and look at how to realize them in practice. Diverse experiences are also shared of using the arts in group and individual work in a variety of settings, from team building and education to counseling, psychotherapy and supervision. This book is a comprehensive, foundational guide for all practitioners who use the expressive arts as a way of facilitating learning, growth, healing, and change, including expressive arts therapists and students, counsellors, coaches, and other helping professionals. With its clear structure and straight forward style, the book is appropriate also for beginners in these professional fields.


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Herbert Eberhart, Ph.D., is a social worker and clinical psychologist. He worked for 25 years as a Senior Professor at the Zurich School of Social Work, and he teaches at several higher education institutions, including the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Sally Atkins is a poet, performing artist, psychotherapist, psychologist, registered expressive arts therapist and registered expressive arts consultant/educator. She is Professor of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and Founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State University, and Core Faculty of the European Graduate School.

Foreword by Paolo Knill.; Preface by Herbert Eberhart.; Preface by Sally Atkins.; 1. Introduction.; 2. Embracing Surprise: The Importance of the Arts in Expressive Arts Work.; 3. The Courage to Meet the Other: Personal Presence in the Helping Relationship.; 4. The Adventure of the Unknown: Working in a Process-Oriented Way.; 5. Conclusion.; Appendices.; Introduction.; Appendix A.; Decentering with Expressive Arts.; Appendix B.; Expressive Arts in Dream Work.; References.; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781849059572
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : May 2014
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Herbert Eberhart
  • : Paperback
  • : 615.85156
  • : 192
  • : 3 black & white illustrations