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Meeting oneself in inner dialogue: a manual-based Phenomenological Art Therapy as experienced by patients diagnosed with moderate to severe depression
This study aimed to explore and describe the significance of PATd for patients diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. The study adopted a phenomenological approach according to Reflective Lifeworld Research. Ten participants were interviewed. The interviews were transcribed and a meaning-oriented analysis was conducted: the transcribed text was read repeatedly to gain an initial sense of the material; meaning-bearing units were identified and related meanings were grouped together in clusters; and the invariant element, the essence of the phenomenon, was described with its various aspects. PATd facilitates meeting o...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - April 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Drawing out the shame: A comparative study on the effectiveness of art therapy with hypersexual adults
This study featured a quasi-experimental design that compared outcomes of two different forms of treatment to reduce shame with this population, a modified CBT approach and an art therapy approach. The Internalized Shame Scale and the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory were administered at pretreatment, end-of-treatment, and again at the posttreatment follow-up. Fifty-four participants (50 men, 4 women) were recruited from three treatment facilities that specialize in treating this disorder. The results indicated that there was no significant between-group differences observed between the CBT and art therapy groups; both treat...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

What research evidence is there that dance movement therapy improves the health and wellbeing of older adults with dementia? A systematic review and descriptive narrative summary
Publication date: Available online 23 March 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Steven Lyons, Vicky Karkou, Brenda Roe, Bonnie Meekums, Michael Richards In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for supporting people with dementia recommend the therapeutic use of dancing and/or music as a treatment for non-cognitive symptoms, but make no direct reference to dance movement therapy or music therapy. Also, previous Cochrane Reviews in these areas have been criticized for being limited to randomized controlled trials focusing on outcomes. In order to maximize findings and...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Body drawings as an assessment tool in somatoform disorder
This study examined the psychometric quality of observer ratings of objective characteristics of 180 own body drawings made by persons referred to treatment for somatoform disorder and 67 post-treatment drawings. Physical features of the drawings such as eyes, hands, size and angle of perception, were scored. These observer ratings were correlated with participants’ responses on the Dresden Body Image Questionnaire (DBIQ-35) and with a single assessment by art therapists of the clients’ relationships to their bodies. Changes in the observer ratings before and after therapy were evaluated. Inter-rater reliabilit...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The effect of the practice of Authentic Movement on the emotional state
Publication date: Available online 13 March 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Sergio García-Díaz Authentic Movement (AM) is a discipline from Dance Movement Therapy in which a person moves with their eyes closed following their own momentum in the presence of a witness. By means of incidental non-probabilistic sampling 57 individuals (44 women and 13 men) were included in the study. An experimental design with pre- and post-test measurements was used. The effect on the mover’s emotional state was explored after using AM in the presence of a witness. The results show a decrease in self-re...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Music therapy song writing with mothers of preterm babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – A mixed-methods pilot study
This study presents the results of a mixed- methods pilot study measuring the impact of music therapy song writing on bonding, depression, anxiety levels and mental wellbeing in mothers of preterm babies in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Colombia. The study included 15 mothers and their medically stable babies born between the 28th and 34th week of gestation. The quantitative data were collected with the Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale (MIBS), the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (SWEMWBS) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The qualitative data was collected with semi-structured i...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Bodily experiences of patients diagnosed with anorexia nervosa during treatment with the body monochord —A modified grounded theory approach
Publication date: Available online 9 March 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Uta Fendel, Hubertus Sandler, Christina Papachristou, Barbara Voigt, Matthias Rose, Burghard Friedrich Klapp The purpose of this study was to explore using Grounded Theory the subjective bodily experiences of patients with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (AN) during vibro-acoustic stimulation sessions with the Body Monochord (BoMo), a body sound treatment instrument. A total of 20 female patients diagnosed with AN received two BoMo treatments. Subsequent to the treatments, semi-structured interviews were conducted. The following ma...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Circle in Dance Movement Therapy: A literature review
This article explores the circle as a symbol and documents the ways in which DMT works with groups, by comparing the essential elements of circle DMT with group therapeutic factors. It reviews the pertinent literature on the subject and summarizes three basic elements of working within a circle, namely, containment and holding, multi-mirroring, and physical contact through the holding of hands. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - March 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Honouring the life of Carolyn Kenny: Wise mentor, kind friend, and scholarly genius
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - February 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Four-Drawing Art Therapy Trauma and Resiliency Protocol Study
Publication date: Available online 15 February 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Noah Hass-Cohen, Rebecca Bokoch, Joanna Clyde Findlay, Alyssa Banford Witting Resiliency, as fostered by creativity, imagination, and the arts therapies, is a critical factor in managing the impact of adversity. This pilot study investigated the potential effectiveness of a four-drawing art therapy trauma and resiliency protocol for coping with adverse life events. The protocol is designed according to memory reconsolidation research and based in art therapy relational neuroscience (ATR-N) principles and trauma models. The hypo...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - February 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Auditory Sensitivity in Survivors of Torture, Political Violence and Flight —An Exploratory Study on Risks and Opportunities of Music Therapy
The objective of this exploratory study was to gain insight into the auditory perception of these patients and into opportunities of musical improvisation in the treatment of patients with complex PTSD. The study design combined a clinical and a psychoacoustic part. The clinical part investigated subjective comments on unpleasant sound perception in music therapy. In the psychoacoustic part, hearing thresholds and levels at most comfortable loudness (MCL) were measured using a standard audiometer. Evaluation of 24 group music therapy sessions revealed that the participants of this study communicated discomfort towards soun...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - February 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Pictorial Phenomena Expressing Maternal Representations of first time expectant mothers Demonstrating Signs of Depression
Publication date: Available online 9 February 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Liat Cohen-Yatziv, Sharon Snir, Dafna Regev, Ofra Shofar, Shirley Rechtman The present study examined the pictorial phenomena manifested in an art-based evaluation of women in the third trimester of their first pregnancy who presented depressive symptoms. Forty-five primigravidae in their third trimester made a mother-infant relationship drawing, filled in a questionnaire assessing their level of depressive symptoms during pregnancy (EPDS) and took part in a semi-structured in-depth interview. The drawings of the 11 women who sc...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - February 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Psychodrama in therapeutic communities for drug addiction: A study of four cases investigated using idiographic change process analysis
This article derives from a TC in northern Italy and presents a study of four cases, which analyzed the results of a 6 month psychodrama research intervention that adopted the Person Centered Approach (PCA). The effects were measured through an idiographic change process with a mixed method design. The qualitative part of the assessment consisted of the Client Change Interview (CCI), the Helpful Aspects of Therapy (HAT); the longitudinal quantitative part used the Spontaneity Assessment Inventory – Revised (SAI-R), the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation – Outcome Measure (CORE-OM), the General Self-Efficac...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 31, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“My body was telling me the direction:” The bodily dimension in the dance/movement therapists’ working experiences
Publication date: Available online 29 December 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Iris Gross-Cohen, Zvi Eisikovits This is a qualitative study of the physical dimension of the experience of being a dance/movement therapist as described by the therapists. The existential phenomenological approach underlies the conceptual framework of this study. The research population comprised the first author—a dance/movement therapist—and 10 of her peers. Two means of data collection were employed: Auto-ethnography and qualitative in-depth interviewing. The data collection consisted of self-documentation of th...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The role of a music therapist exploring gender and power with young people: articulating an emerging anti-oppressive practice
This article focuses on how young people conceptualise this approach to music therapy practice. In the last decade, several approaches have emerged in the creative arts therapies that aim to critically explore power, and challenge dominant socio-political discourses. While there has been a dedicated interest in critical, feminist approaches to practice in the music therapy discipline, empirical research into music therapy as a space for exploring gendered narratives with young people is still evolving. Furthermore, we have little sense of how anti-oppressive approaches are experienced by the people of all ages with whom we...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 28, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Emotion regulation strategies and effects in art-making: a narrative synthesis
Publication date: Available online 26 December 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Harald Gruber, Renate Oepen Questions concerning the regulation or dysregulation of emotions in mental distress states are not only of fundamental concern in psychotherapy research but also a key issue in the art therapy field. Nevertheless, few studies have investigated the effectiveness of artistic activities in emotion regulation. This review aims to identify and analyze studies that investigate art-making to regulate emotions. Most studies to date have examined the effects of short-term mood repair, but some did investigate...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Working with Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: An Analysis of Music Therapy Practice in the United States of America
Publication date: Available online 26 December 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Lori F. Gooding, Bethany Trainor Parents of infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) often face a variety of emotional and practical challenges that can lead to post-traumatic stress symptoms, acute stress disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Music therapy has consistently shown benefits for infants, parents, and caregivers, but limited information exists on how music therapists specifically address parents’ needs. The purpose of this study was to explore American music therapists’ expe...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Promoting mental health versus reducing mental illness in art therapy with patients with personality disorders: A quantitative study
Publication date: Available online 24 December 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Suzanne Haeyen, Susan van Hooren, William M. van der Veld, Giel Hutschemaekers The distinction between mental health and mental illness has long been the subject of debate, especially in the last decade where there has been a shift in focus in mental health care from symptom reduction to the improvement of positive mental health. Art therapists have been influenced by this shift and in this study, we investigate: (1) whether art therapy improves mental health and/or reduces mental illness; and (2) what the relationship is betwe...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 24, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Life stories and their performance in dementia care
This article describes a life story project that took place at a day program for older adults living with dementia. The project methodology is shaped by ideas and practices from both drama therapy and narrative therapy and, in this way, combines a collaborative, community approach to life story work with a creative, embodied approach to communication. Recent developments in the use of life stories and in understanding the role of non-verbal communication in dementia care research and practice are discussed. The process of recording and performing a life story with and in front of people who are dealing with a range of cogn...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 17, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Clown therapy: A drama therapy approach to addiction and beyond
Publication date: Available online 11 December 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Jeff Gordon, Yoram Shenar, Susana Pendzik This paper presents an innovative drama therapy approach to working with addiction using “Clown therapy” −a process through which the clients are led to discover their inner Clown. Using drama therapy techniques, each client’s key/dominant and oppositional personality roles are recognized and brought together through embodiment, leading to the emergence of the Clown. The paper presents the theoretical and practical foundation of the approach, linking it to drama ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The effectiveness of schema focused drama therapy for cluster C personality disorders: an exploratory study
This study mainly focused on the question whether drama therapy is effective in the treatment of cluster C personality disorders? Relevant sub questions were whether or not the clients would visibly show more emotions during the intervention (emotional modes), show less avoidant coping modes, and show more healthy modes when compared to their initial values. Another related question was whether or not, in the client’s perception, the healthy modes increased and the destructive modes decreased. In this study, a single group design was used where a group (N=8) was offered a drama therapy protocol for three months. Duri...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

An integrative model for music therapy: Balancing reductionism and explanation
Publication date: November 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 56 Author(s): Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Using photovoice with children of addicted parents to integrate phenomenological and social reality
Publication date: Available online 21 November 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Menny Malka, Ephrat Huss, Lilach Bendarker, Orel Musai On a micro level, addiction of a parent has a long-term psychological impact on children’s social, developmental, cognitive and emotional levels. On a macro level, the energy required to bear the social shame of the parent's addiction and the need to keep the secret are also very difficult. Photovoice makes it possible to express both the inner experience through symbols and metaphors, and the social reality, through photographing surroundings at the same time. Within...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Dance therapy and the public school: The development of social and emotional skills of high school students in Greece
Publication date: Available online 22 November 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Efthimia Panagiotopoulou The article stresses the significance of dance therapy in the school environment. It is based on a research conducted in two Greek public schools, although dance therapy is not yet used in the Greek education system. However, the revised school curriculum gives the opportunity for dance therapy practice. The aim of the research was to ascertain whether dance therapy could contribute to the development of the students’ social and emotional skills. The 23 participants were 16–17 years old and ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Musical Attention Control Training (MACT) in secure residential youth care: a randomised controlled pilot study
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Thomas P. Abrahams, Joosje C. van Dooren With 75% of the population in secure residential youth care diagnosed with attention-related problems, these individuals might benefit from Musical Attention Control Training (MACT). The purpose of this randomised controlled pilot study was to determine the feasibility and preliminary effects of MACT on attention outcomes in secure residential youth care. Because of the generally low treatment motivation of this population, a non-standardised music therapy intervention (NSMT) with simila...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A review of attachment theory and internal working models as relevant to music therapy with children hospitalized for life threatening illness
Publication date: Available online 16 October 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Richard M. Stubbs A brief review of attachment theory and attachment-focused music therapy literature is presented with respect to the influence of music on a child’s internal working models of their caregiver during hospitalization for a life-threatening illness. The role of music in attachment is described in language common to attachment researchers outside the field of music therapy in an effort to unify terminology between therapeutic disciplines. Two possible pathways are proposed by which the child-caregiver attachm...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Change in body image among depressed adult outpatients after a dance movement therapy group treatment
This study reports on the body image of depressed psychiatric outpatients, and the impact thereon of a dance movement therapy (DMT) group. Body image is perceived as a tri-partite construct consisting of image-properties, body-self, and body memory. Depressed patients in an outpatient mental health service participated in a DMT group treatment consisting of twelve 90-min long sessions in groups of 4–7 patients. Patients (N=18) responded to a structured Body Image Assessment (BIA) before and after the treatment. Initially, the depressed patients’ body image was characterized by fragmentation, distortions, and sh...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Do Creative Arts Therapies Reduce Substance Misuse? A Systematic Review
Publication date: Available online 13 October 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Karen Megranahan, Michael Thomas Lynskey The complexities of substance misuse treatment indicate a need to consider the efficacy of creative arts therapies for those who find it difficult to verbalise their emotions and feelings. The aim of this systematic review is to identify and critically evaluate studies on the effectiveness of creative arts therapy interventions for reducing substance misuse, aiming at reaching some conclusions on the subject. Research studies employing randomised control trials (RCT’s) and controlle...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Representation of Children Attachment Styles in Corman ’s Instruction of Family Drawing
Publication date: Available online 10 October 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Zahra Maghami Sharif, Nasrin Yadegari, Hadi Bahrami, Tahere khorsandi The purpose of this research was to determine whether Corman’s instruction of family drawing could be a suitable tool to measure different attachment styles in children or not and whether children’s attachment style is represented in their family drawing? Corman’s methods (1967) of family drawing have precise instruction that children can use to draw their desires about their family and life. Using multi stage random cluster sampling, 590 stu...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Professional Identity, Career Commitment and Subjective Well-being of Art Therapy Students
This article explores the professional identity, career commitment, and subjective well-being of art therapy students compared with those of counseling psychology students. The participants were 112 art therapy graduate students and 91 counseling psychology graduate students, all of whom had completed the My Vocational Situation (MVS), Career Commitment Measurement (CCM), and Concise Measure of Subjective Well-Being (COMOSWB) measures. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, regression analysis, t-tests, and x 2-tests. The results of this study are as follows: First, correlation analysis resu...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Art Therapy Improves Mood, and Reduces Pain and Anxiety when Offered at Bedside during Acute Hospital Treatment
Publication date: Available online 7 October 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Tamara A. Shella Art therapists can engage medical inpatients in the creation of art to encourage emotional and physical healing. Utilizing a chart review, the impact of art therapy sessions at the bedside, with patients (N=195) in a large, urban, teaching hospital was reviewed. The sample was predominantly female (n=166) as more women than men agreed to participate in an art therapy session. Patients were seen by registered art therapists, and as a part of regular clinical practice, asked to rate their perception of mood, anxiet...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 8, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Effects of Presentation Style and Musical Elements on the Sequential Working Memory of Individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder
Conclusions When possible, information paired with music should be delivered in live presentation formats to increase the likelihood of recall and subsequent learning. Implications for clinical practice, limitations of the study, and suggestions for future research are provided. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 8, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Itinerant Art Therapy: An Educational Model for Community Outreach Therapeutic Service
Publication date: Available online 29 September 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Lisa Furman As a practical teaching model, community-based itinerant art therapy provides myriad opportunities for direct service delivery to clients and unique service learning for students. This paper will explore an inexpensive, creative treatment model affiliated with a graduate program that provides short-term mobile art therapy to various populations in and around a large city. This model of community outreach has three notable benefits: first, strengthening connections between the graduate art therapy program and the co...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The therapist ’s use of the self in creative arts therapy practice
Publication date: September 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 55 Author(s): Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Laban: A Guide Figure between Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy
Publication date: Available online 9 September 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Jessica Young, Laura L. Wood The field of Creative Arts Therapies stands to benefit from ongoing support and collaboration between practices that comprise the disciplines. Both dance/movement therapy (DMT) and drama therapy (DT) draw upon a creative, action-oriented, and embodied approach to psychotherapy; however, a review of the literature indicates minimal collaboration on theory and research between the two. Through an in-depth review of the literature and a supporting case study, a theoretical model is constructed proposin...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Telehealth-based creative arts therapy: Transforming mental health and rehabilitation care for rural veterans
In conclusion, the RVTRI CAT program demonstrates that creative arts therapy can successfully be adapted to CVT with some modifications by the creative arts therapist. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Transmission of the professional identity through an embodied artistic ritual: An investigation of a dance/movement therapy welcoming ceremony
Publication date: Available online 6 September 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Tomoyo Kawano The study examined the role of embodied enactment as a non-textual means of communicating knowledge. A Welcoming Ceremony organized annually by the American Dance Therapy Association, in which newly registered and board-certified dance/movement therapists are inducted into the community, was selected as the site for this phenomenological investigation. Verbal data were collected via questionnaires and interviews from 10 inductees, one facilitator, and one non-inductee participant-observer. In addition to an interp...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Select Models of Cognition in Developmental Transformations: A Theoretical Integration
Publication date: Available online 31 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Jason S. Frydman Recent theoretical and practical applications of drama therapy have begun incorporating cognitive models. This paper furthers this burgeoning integration by understanding a specific drama-based therapeutic approach, developmental transformations, within a broader cognitive landscape. In developing a cognitive model of developmental transformations (DvT) links to allied professions are established and clinical case conceptualization is broadened to a larger mental health audience. An overview of DvT is provided an...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - September 2, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Assessing the Six-Member Collaborative Drawing Technique with the Collaborative Art Elements Scale
In this study, there were 437 participants (205 men, 215 women; age: 18–35 years). In the development of the rating scale, 20 initial items were examined and reviewed by experts over three sessions, to establish content validity; following factor analyses, the CAES was validated and eight items were derived to evaluate the S-CDT. The intra-class coefficient (ICC), at .89, and the intra-rater reliability, at .87–.93, were satisfactory, demonstrating reliability. Eight items were established as scoring criteria for pictorial expressions in the group-unit drawing assessment. Based on the evaluation, this research ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 31, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Meeting oneself in inner dialogue: Manual-based Phenomenological Art Therapy as experienced by patients diagnosed with moderate to severe depression, a qualitative study
This study aimed to explore and describe the significance of PATd for patients diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. The study adopted a phenomenological approach according to Reflective Lifeworld Research. Ten participants were interviewed. The interviews were transcribed and a meaning-oriented analysis was conducted: the transcribed text was read repeatedly to gain an initial sense of the material; meaning-bearing units were identified and related meanings were grouped together in clusters; and the invariant element, the essence of the phenomenon, was described with its constituents. The significance of PATd is t...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 20, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Paternal representations and contemporary parenthood themes through a clay figure-sculpting task among fathers of toddlers
Publication date: November 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 56 Author(s): Michal Bat Or, Nehama Grenimann Bauch The present study explored paternal representations as they arose in fathers through a task of sculpting father and child figures in clay. Eleven first-time Israeli fathers of normally developing children aged two to three years old were asked to sculpt in clay a representation of themselves with their child, and were then interviewed about their experience and their clay sculpture. Based on qualitative analysis of process and products of the clay task and verbal interviews, the following themes wer...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Ethical Implications of Cross-Cultural International Art Therapy
Publication date: Available online 8 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Jordan S. Potash, Heidi Bardot, Catherine Hyland Moon, Michelle Napoli, Angela Lyonsmith, Megan Hamilton Art therapists are increasingly offering their services in international contexts. Although usually altruistic in nature, unexamined practices can result in detrimental consequences to both the travelers and host communities. A consideration of the ethical dilemmas that one might face can better orient art therapists to the many aspects of offering art therapy abroad. Preparation for cross-cultural work in international context...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The effect of resonance frequency breathing when used as a preparatory exercise in music psychotherapy: A single-case experimental study of a client with anxiety disorder
This study aimed at evaluating the possible benefits of starting Integrative Improvisational Music Therapy (IIMT) sessions with 10min of Resonance Frequency Breathing (RFB), a type of slow breathing known to be beneficial for stress reduction and emotional regulation. A client diagnosed with anxiety disorder and social phobia attended 12 IIMT sessions. Using an alternating treatments design, RFB was systematically alternated with a control intervention (vibroacoustic therapy, VAT). Therapy processes were assessed through the Session Evaluation Questionnaire (SEQ) and the continuous measurement of heart rate variability (HR...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The effect of creative arts therapy and arts medicine on psychological outcomes in women with breast or gynecological cancer: A systematic review of arts-based interventions
Publication date: Available online 5 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Ruth-S. Hertrampf, Margareta Wärja (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

An Adjunctive, Museum-Based Art Therapy Experience in the treatment of Women with Severe Eating Disorders
Publication date: Available online 5 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Lea Thaler, Catherine-Emmanuelle Drapeau, Josée Leclerc, Marilyn Lajeunesse, Danaelle Cottier, Esther Kahan, Nadine Ferenczy, Howard Steiger Previous research suggests that creative art therapies can produce short-term improvements in self-concept, mood and perceived well-being in various patient populations. Evaluation of such improvements for eating disorder patients has received little attention to date. The present report describes an Art Therapy program, consisting of a visit to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts followed by...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Imaginary dialogues: Witnessing in prison-based creative arts therapies
Publication date: Available online 5 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Adi Barak, Amy Stebbins This qualitative study examines the perspectives of US-American prisoners (N=21) on art-making and creative arts therapies in prison through the lens of ‘witnessing,’ that is, the empathic presence of an Other, who attends to the prisoner’s artistic testimony to affirm it as valid. Our analysis explores the concept of witnessing through the lens of constructivist, psychodynamic, and social justice perspectives. Our research questions delineate the specific kinds of dialogues into which pri...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Connecting Identities through Drawing: Relationships between Identities in Images Drawn by Immigrant Students
Publication date: Available online 5 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Caroline Beauregard, Garine Papazian-Zohrabian, Cécile Rousseau (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

What art therapists consider to be patient ’s inner change and how it may appear during art therapy
Publication date: Available online 2 August 2017 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Gärd Holmqvist, Åsa Roxberg, Ingrid Larsson, Cristina Lundqvist Persson The aim of this study was to explore what art therapists consider to be patients’ inner change and how it may appear during art therapy. Thirty-eight trained art therapists with experience of using art therapy as a treatment were included in the study. They were asked to describe how they perceived their patients’ inner change and a situation during art therapy when they observed such a change. An inductive thematic analysis resulted in ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Safety, play, enablement, and active involvement: Themes from a Grounded Theory study of practitioner and client experiences of change processes in Dramatherapy
This study aims to investigate how dramatherapists and dramatherapy clients experience change in therapy and whether change processes identified are consistent across dramatherapeutic approaches. Method Seven dramatherapists and seven dramatherapy clients were interviewed about their experiences of dramatherapy. Using a grounded theory method three core themes were constructed from the data. Results The resulting core categories – 1. working within a safe distance; 2. the client being allowed and allowing self to play and try out new ways of being and 3. being actively involved in therapy: creating something visible ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Developing a Dance Movement Therapy Approach to Qualitatively Analyzing Interview Data
The objective of the study was to develop a model for an embodied-artistic approach to qualitatively analyzing interview data that could contribute to an enhanced narrative account and/or offer an alternate perspective. A new model was formulated by adapting and/or critically applying a combination of previously developed analytical frameworks. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) skills that encompass ways of listening through an embodied, empathic, aesthetic manner; and a movement observation and assessment tool, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) were at the core of this explicatory process. The researcher’s movement preferenc...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 2, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research