'The purpose of this book is to answer the question, 'What is postmodernism and what does it mean for art therapists?' If we were to shine art therapy through a prism, what would it do?' "Creative Healing Through a Prism" brings together the work of international art therapists with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. These practitioners, however, share a common postmodern belief that art is a unique way of expressing and mediating the human condition and that art therapy should not be a diagnostic tool but a collaborative healing process between the therapist and the client. With detailed case studies throughout and methods of inquiry that draw on psychotherapy, aesthetics and philosophy, this book is a comprehensive exploration of art therapy from a postmodernist perspective in clinical practice, on a community and global level, in research, and in epistemology. This book is an important contribution to art therapy theory and will be a crucial text for all art therapy students, academics, researchers and practitioners.
Foreword: Current Trends and New Research in Art Therapy: A Post Modern Perspective by Joy Schaverien, Jungian Analyst and Art Psychotherapist, UK. Introduction by Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada.; Part I. Postmodern Art Therapy Practice.; 1. Multiple Perspectives; Art Therapy, Post Modernism and Feminism. Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada.; 2. Seeing the Whole Picture: A Culturally-Sensitive Art Therapy Approach to Address Depression amongst Ethnically-diverse Women. Anu Lala, Art Therapist, Women's Health in Women's Hands, Canada.; 3. Earthworks: Emergence of Personal Healing and Social Activism; The Power of Postmodernism Integrated with Arts Therapies. Gillian Vellet, Art Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Biodanza Dance Movement Facilitator, Canada.; 4. Post-Modernist but Not Post-Feminist! A Feminist Post-Modernist Approach to Working with New Mothers. Susan Hogan.; 5. Contemporary Art Therapy with Transient Youth. Annette Coulter, Art Therapist, Art Educator and author, Centre for Art Therapy Studies, Australia.; Part II. Postmodern Art Therapy Practice in the Community and Globally.; 6. The "Five and Dime": Developing a Community's Access to Art-based Research. Janis Timm Bottos, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Concordia University, Canada.; 7. Out of the Fire: Women Survivors of Violence Use Clay as a Medium for Social Change. Suzanne Thomson.; 8. Seeds of Hope: Art Therapy in Culturally Diverse Contexts in Bolivia; Supporting the Development of Integrated Educational, Cultural and Economic Strategies. Marcelle Edwards, CUSO Canada.; Part III. Postmodern Art Therapy Research.; 9. Art Therapy Research for Cancer Symptom Management; A Postmodern Perspective. Nancy Nainis, Art Therapist and Psychotherapist, USA.; 10. Chaos and Meaning; Form and Content in the Scribble Process. Mehdi Naimi, Visual Artist and Art and Play Therapist, Canada.; 11. Phenomenological Research and Combined Art Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Adults. Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Alberta Creative Arts Therapy Center, Canada. 12. Towards Babel: Language and Translation in Art Therapy. Jamie Bird, University of Derby, UK.; 13. Witnessing and Visibility: The Experience of Self During the Recovery Process of Six Women with a History of Child Sexual Abuse Who Utilized Art Therapy in Their Recovery Processes. Helene Burt, Executive Director, Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Canada.; Part IV. Postmodern Art Therapy Theory and Epistemology.; 14. Aesthetic Listening: A Reggio Inspired Studio Research Paradigm for Art Therapy. Shelly Goebl-Parker, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Research Partner of the St. Louis Reggio Collaborative, USA.; 15. The Art Therapy Assemblage. Pamela Whitaker.; 16. When the Image Strikes: Postmodern Thinking and Epistemology in Art Therapy. Josee Leclerc, Associate Professor and Director of the Art Therapy Graduate Program, Concordia University, Canada. Contributors. Index.