In this landmark text, Quinn orchestrates and enlists contributions from experts in the fields of Art Therapy, Addiction and Trauma. Through these chapters, Quinn reveals the creative forces mobilized by art making and its salubrious and transformative effect on addiction and trauma. This opus offers current research and strategies for overcoming the cognitive damage caused by addiction and trauma, via the use of varied art media and methods to stimulate neurological change and recovery. A must read.
This text illuminates the multidimensional etiology of addictions and the relationship to traumatic experiences within the context of art therapy practice and intervention. Honoring traditional and contemporary perspectives applied within a range of clinical health populations, Pat Quinn and authors offer a responsible socio-political and neurobiological lens that is valuable for the seasoned clinician and also accessible for the graduate student in training.
Pat Quinn deserves the gratitude of all who toil in the challenging world of people caught in the fierce and seductive grip of addiction. Her book is at once comprehensive and scholarly, yet also deeply humane. Refreshingly unbiased, she and her colleagues explore multiple approaches to helping addicted trauma survivors who have sought to escape their pain with drugs and alcohol. This book overflows with creative integrations by skilled clinicians, not only of art therapy, but also of diverse ways of both understanding and treating those who suffer. It is genuinely optimistic, inspiring hope in what has been for far too long a dark and difficult domain.