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With both personal and professional insight from a range of contributors, this informative guide highlights the use of art therapy in a range of settings to support military veterans. Offering a wealth of knowledge on this approach and the variety of current programs available, this is an invaluable resource for all therapists looking to provide support for this population.

Chapters explore the use of art therapy in a range of different settings, including museum programs, open studio therapy and assisted living environments, as well as large group therapy at treatment facilities for active-duty service members. It also offers rare insight into the effectiveness of art therapy in supporting veterans who are processing military sexual trauma, moral injury and countertransference, filling essential gaps in knowledge within this area.

As demand for this practice continues to grow, Art Therapy with Veterans provides inspiration for future programs and therapists looking to support military communities.


This edited collection brings together a strong representation of contemporary art therapy practices and approaches for veterans from diverse viewpoints, settings, and experiences. The variety of topics presented highlight the many ways art therapy supports service members and important considerations for anyone working with or connected to active or retired military. A valuable resource and contribution!
Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, Art Therapy Educator, Director, Peace Paper Project
The authors provide an invaluable text on treating veterans. A balance between academic writings and personal narratives, nine chapters cover far-ranging topics from dealing with military sexual trauma, substance abuse, loss, moral injury, to coping with countertransference. This book affords a firm foundation on which to work with our military heroes.
Marcia L. Rosal, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM Professor Emerita (Retired), Florida State University
Such an amazing and timely book about art therapy with veterans, edited by an art therapist who is a veteran. Ms. Rachel Mims, alongside a cadre of amazing scholars and practitioners, has provided a well-rounded, accessible resource that demonstrates just how valuable art therapy is in meeting the needs of those that have served.
David E. Gussak, PhD, ATR-BC—Florida State University, Professor of Art Therapy and Project Coordinator of the FSU/FDC Art Therapy in Prisons Program