If anyone needs confirmation that art therapy is the approach to use in the treatment and recovery of neurological conditions this is the book to read. Within these chapters the author practitioners convey the extraordinary range and adaptation of interventions available that enable increased access to therapy for patients, carers and public services considering employing art therapists. I was transfixed throughout both by the compassion of the case studies but also the authority of knowledge embedded in each chapter. A truly pioneering work, showing how the development of art therapy knowledge and expertise has risen to a sophisticated level of authority in delivery and awareness of the therapeutic contribution it can make to such a complex subject.
In dealing with the diverse aspects of art therapy, the making, thinking about and working with imagery and tangible and symbolic processing, this inspired and inspiring book shows how successfully art therapists adapt their practice for people with many different neurological conditions in a variety of clinical and community settings. It will be an invaluable resource for art therapists and other professionals in this field, and a vital source of information and insight for trainee art therapists.
It's high time the value of art therapy is more generally recognized, not just for stroke survivors, but for all types of brain injury, as well as dementia and mental health problems. This inspiring book looks at the science behind art therapy as well as offering case studies. It should be given a wide circulation.
This book should be read by everyone who is interested in the interface between art therapy and neurology. It presents the underpinnings of what could develop in to a new theory of art therapy.