Editorial
Publication date: Available online 18 January 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jason D. Butler (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - January 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Mortification meanderings: Contemplating ‘vulnerability with purpose’ in arts therapy education
Publication date: Available online 24 January 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Deborah GreenAbstractI am prone to bumbling, to miss-stepping. In my efforts to stay present in the living, fluctuating, tremulous moment-to-moment-ness of the therapeutic/educational encounter, I am sometimes not very fleet of foot. I have learned, once I have stumbled, to engage in a staggering recovery dance of rather vulnerable-making honesty. My slog to become humanly available and embrace ‘vulnerability with purpose’ by stepping intentionally into these ‘rupture and repair’ moments continues to be slo...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - January 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

February 2020 Editorial
Publication date: Available online 18 January 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jason D. Butler (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - January 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Addiction, Traumatic Loss, and Guilt: A Case Study Resolving Grief through Psychodrama and Sociometric Connections
This article outlines four types of sociometric processes for cultivating connections between group members – the spectrogram, step-in sociometry, locograms, and floor checks. These experiential sociometry tools can be used independently as group processes or as a structured warm-up to a psychodrama enactment. A scene from a psychodramatic vignette is offered depicting a case study of a client working through complicated grief in an addictions group psychotherapy context. Sociometric and psychodramatic theoretical considerations are presented in the context of short practice depictions presented throughout this artic...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculptures As Arts-Based Social Justice
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Amanda Bechtel, Laura L. Wood, Laura TeoliAbstractOn a daily basis individuals are confronted with overt and covert messaging about their bodies, appearance, and functioning. This paper explores these social narratives and presents a narrative protocol on an 8 -h workshop in which participants constructed life-sized body sculptures made from packing tape and processed their experiences using drama therapy techniques. The final product was then displayed in a public forum to engage the public, where viewers could respond to...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Betwixt and between: Considering liminality and rites of passage in the context of music therapy in a specialist further education college
Discussion of the above theories and a description of the setting and the connection between the two is used propose a potential music therapy model for work with this population at this point during the clients’ lifespan. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Musical encounters on the borderline. Patterns of mutuality in musical improvisations with Borderline Personality Disorder
This study focused on intersubjective relatedness with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) within the field of Music Therapy. Clinical improvisation is increasingly recognized as a mean to develop or re-live patterns of mutuality, and by mutuality we mean the emergence of a polyphonic flow founded on the forces that constantly makes us balance between dependency and independency. Recent research addresses how people with BPD relate to others in Music Therapy. What is currently lacking is a detailed tracking of mutual aspects of the musical modality emerging in music therapy improvisations. This paper details...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Aphasia Park: A pilot study using the co-active therapeutic theater model with clients in aphasia recovery
Publication date: February 2020Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 67Author(s): Laura L. Wood, Dani Bryant, Kerryann Scirocco, Hia Datta, Susan Alimonti, Dave MowersAbstractAphasia, most often caused by brain damage due to stroke, is a language disorder hindering one's ability to verbally express and/or comprehend language, ranging in severity from mild to severe. An Applied Thematic Analysis (ATA) was undertaken of a post-production focus group to evaluate a 12-week pilot program that used the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT) Model for persons in Aphasia recovery. Results of a focus group interview found five th...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - December 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“Art on Behalf”: Introducing an accessible art therapy approach used in palliative care
Publication date: Available online 28 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Claire Ganzon, Clare O’Callaghan, Justin DwyerAbstractThere are multiple barriers to art therapy engagement in the palliative care setting, including fatigue from treatment, the intrusive nature of the inpatient hospital environment, and the huge variation in patient outcomes. This paper describes a response to these challenges with “Art on Behalf”, a new art therapy approach in which the art therapist makes art on behalf of the patient. The patient conceptualizes the image while the art therapist produces the p...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Toward Creating Positive Masculinity? Art Therapy as seen by Male Art Therapists and Male Adolescent Clients
Publication date: Available online 27 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Limor Goldner, Yehuda RudermanAbstractThe current study examined the experiences and perceptions of art therapy of seven male art therapists and five male adolescent clients treated by male therapists. An interpretative phenomenological analysis of semi-structured interviews was conducted to gain insights into the meaning of art therapy for both the therapists and the clients. Two themes emerged from the analysis. The first was termed “toward positive masculinity” and dealt with the specific verbal and non-verbal char...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Dancing to Projective Identification in Dance Movement Therapy for Couples (DMT-C)
Publication date: Available online 27 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Einat Shuper-EngelhardAbstractProjective identification influences the behavior of couples in an unconscious way, in a process that may likely sustain destructive and difficult-to-discover-and-resolve conflicts. In projection, non-verbal messages in the couple relationship are interpreted through sensorimotor systems involved in perception. The present research study examines how, and in which areas, awareness of somatic and kinesthetic processes in therapy induces recognition of projection and identification in relations. Nine c...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Children’s attachment representations: A pilot study comparing family drawing with narrative and behavioral assessments in adopted and community children
This study compared an attachment-based coding system for family drawings with narrative and observational attachment measures in adopted children and those living with their natural parents (“community-based”) in Italy. Attachment patterns of 41 children (ages 5–8) were assessed by a graphic measure, the Family Drawing (FD); a narrative measure, the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task (MCAST); and an observational measure, the Separation-Reunion Procedure (SRP). In the community sample, a significant association emerged between the FD and MCAST disorganized vs. organized classifications; also seen wer...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Aphasia Park: A Pilot Study Using The CoActive Therapeutic Theater Model with clients in Aphasia recovery
This article presents an Applied Thematic Analysis (ATA) of a post-production focus group exploring a 12-week pilot program that used the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT) Model for persons in Aphasia recovery. Results of a focus group interview found five themes that participants noted as unique outcomes: 1) More meaningful relationships; 2) An increased belief in oneself; 3) An invigorating experience; 4) CoATT provides a unique healing opportunity; 5) Perceived language and speech improvement. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The essential Colwyn Trevarthen – An arts-based reflexion
Publication date: Available online 22 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Sabine C. KochAbstractThere have been many infant researchers who have investigated issues of scholarly interest, but there has only been one Colwyn Trevarthen. This one Colwyn Trevarthen we want to essentially thank for his work with three small pieces of artwork derived from his thinking. We leave the discussion up to the reader. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: November 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 66Author(s): (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Evaluating art therapy processes with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Development and testing of two observation instruments for evaluating children’s and therapists’ behaviour
Publication date: November 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 66Author(s): Celine Schweizer, Erik J. Knorth, Tom A. van Yperen, Marinus SpreenAbstractTwo instruments were developed and examined to enable treatment evaluation for art therapy (AT) with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). One instrument is the OAT-A (Observation in Art Therapy with a child diagnosed ASD), the other the EAT-A (Evaluation of actions of the Art Therapist during treatment of a child diagnosed ASD). Both scales were refined in a three round procedure. In each round raters (art therapists and students) observed and c...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Positive Psychodrama: A Framework for Practice and Research
This article introduces positive psychodrama as a framework for practice and research that builds on a sustainable and growing body of research indicating that a complete notion of mental health consists not only of the absence of mental illness symptoms but also the presence of mental health indicators. I address the question of how does psychodrama look through the lens of positive psychology. After an overview of psychodrama background and research, positive concepts in J. L. Moreno’s psychodrama theory and philosophy are revisited and linked to contemporary positive psychology literature. Empirically-supported po...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exploring the effectiveness of the Tree of Life in promoting the therapeutic growth or refugee women living with HIV
Publication date: Available online 10 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Agata Vitale, Nigar G. Khawaja, Judy RyderAbstractThe current study aimed to understand the experiences of refugee women living with HIV as they participated in the Tree of Life (ToL), a group-based narrative intervention. A qualitative case study methodology was used. Five African refugee women took part in the study. The ToL consisted of seven two-hourly sessions conducted on weekly basis. Further, participants completed a feedback form after each session, and they were individually interviewed on completion of the ToL. The res...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

House as a Mirror of Self: A Case Study of a Twenty-One-Year-Old Female in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital
Publication date: Available online 9 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Michael J HanesAbstractThe concept of house has been universally significant since its development some 8,500 years ago. Its mythic and metaphoric meaning permeates the language, art, poetry, and music of virtually all cultures. Yet, contemporary art therapy literature has focused little on the significance and meaning of house imagery when it emerges as a choice of subject matter in the image making process. I present this case study in the hope that it will inspire the reader to think further and more deeply about the house shou...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Loops and Jazz Gaps: Engaging the Feedforward Qualities of Communicative Musicality in Play Therapy with Children with Autism
Publication date: Available online 9 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Stuart DanielAbstractConsideration is given to the hypothesis provided by Trevarthen and Delafield-Butt (2013) – that disruption of social synchrony in autism is rooted in disturbance of prospective motor control for expressive action and active perception of other's expression: crucially, autism is a disturbance of “sensorimotor intentionality” (Delafield-Butt and Gangopadhyay 2013). The feedforward qualities of communicative musicality (Malloch, Trevarthen, Malloch, and Trevarthen (2009))) – the temporal ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The continuum of evidence in Creative Arts Therapies: From case report to meta-analysis
Publication date: Available online 6 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Musical encounters on the borderline Patterns of mutuality in musical improvisations with Borderline Personality Disorder
ConclusionThe study identified a continuum of dysfunctions in intersubjective relatedness which can become a frame of reference to understand the interpersonal dynamics of a client in Music Therapy. This will help music therapists to be better prepared musically when working with BPD clients. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

To play and be playful in joyous co-operation: Reflecting on the contribution of Colwyn Trevarthen to the field of music therapy
Publication date: Available online 4 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jane EdwardsAbstractThe paper for this special issue in honour of Professor Colwyn Trevarthen reflects on his contribution to the field of music therapy, as well as to the author’s growth and development as a practitioner and researcher. Each of the contributors for the special issue was asked to choose a piece written by Colwyn and write a reflection on it. Many of Colwyn’s works in making the choice for this reflective piece. Ultimately the writing that felt closest to our collaborations was the foreword he wrote for...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

My Psychobiological Life Story
Publication date: Available online 4 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Colwyn Trevarthen (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Honouring Colwyn Trevarthen
Publication date: Available online 31 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Stephen Malloch, Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - November 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The essential Colwyn Trevarthen
Publication date: Available online 22 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Sabine C. KochAbstractThere have been many infant researchers who have investigated issues of scholarly interest, but there has only been one Colwyn. This one Colwyn we want to essentially thank for his work with three small pieces of artwork derived from his thinking. We leave the discussion up to the reader. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Two fateful happenings led me to colwyn trevarthen
Publication date: Available online 21 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Ellen Dissanayake, Jason NooneAbstractThis paper is a reflection on the work of Colwyn Trevarthen and his influence on my scholarly journey in the field of anthropology as told through two unexpected, yet deeply significant encounters. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Colwyn Trevarthen: Mentor and Friend
Publication date: Available online 15 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Robert Turner, Jason NooneAbstractAs a pioneer of the burgeoning research field of imaging neuroscience, I describe the pivotal role of Colwyn Trevarthen during my interactions with him over 30 years, in inspiring and guiding the enquiries that led to unprecedented measurements of brain activity associated with human performance. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Development of an Improvisational Music Therapy Intervention for young Adults with depressive Symptoms: An Intervention Mapping Study
Publication date: Available online 13 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Sonja Aalbers, Annemieke Vink, Ruth E. Freeman, Kim Pattiselanno, Marinus Spreen, Susan van HoorenAbstractDepression is a highly prevalent and seriously impairing disorder. Evidence suggests that music therapy can decrease depression, though the music therapy that is offered is often not clearly described in studies. The purpose of this study was to develop an improvisational music therapy intervention based on insights from theory, evidence and clinical practice for young adults with depressive symptoms. The Intervention Mapping ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

People with dementia as ‘spect-actors’ in a musical theatre group with performing arts students from the community
Publication date: Available online 4 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Ayelet Dassa, Dovrat HarelAbstractA collaborative music and drama therapy initiative with performing arts students and people with dementia yielded an innovative framework. Twelve people with dementia residing in a nursing home and twelve students from a performing arts school took part in two consecutive groups (6 residents and 6 students in each group). Each group was 10 sessions long. The groups were co-facilitated by a music therapist and a drama therapist. A qualitative research embracing action research ideas was used, and co...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Musical intersubjectivity
This article addresses a theoretical perspective on intersubjectivity, following the path of modern developmentally informed psychology. The text incorporates the four formats of intersubjectivity at a practical level as well. These different formats are individually illustrated with music therapy practice, before some reflections on relational music experiences as real lived experiences. Intersubjective meaning can be experienced at different layers and in a variety of modes, connects to a local context, and to microprocesses in the here-and-now. From a musical point of view, meaningful co-creation within the frame of int...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Self, selving, and the education of attention
Publication date: Available online 4 October 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Stephen MallochAbstractMovement that predicts an outcome is central to life and central to the self. Thinking ultimately represents directed movement. Self (an upper case noun) is an internal objective state, or fixed action pattern (FAP), while selving (a lower case verb) is a vital, purposefully moving, intricate felt process that lies at our psychic core. As illustrated through a case study, overly identifying with Self as one or many objective states will lead to repeating patterns that feel ‘stuck’ as a particular ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - October 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 64Author(s): (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 30, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A qualitative analysis of coping with trauma and exile in applied theatre with Syrian refugees: the role of within-group interactions
Publication date: Available online 28 August 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Sofie de Smet, Cécile Rousseau, Christel Stalpaert, Lucia De HaeneAbstractAround the world, armed conflicts force people to leave their homes, families, and communities in search of protection from collective violence, and seek to regain a meaningful perspective on their lives within the borders of their Western host societies. As the dynamics of organized violence and forced displacement continue to impact and disrupt relationships in refugee communities, scholars in the field of refugee trauma care have increasingly argued...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The role of coping in emotional eating and the use of music for discharge when feeling stressed
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 64Author(s): Annemieke J.M. van den Tol, Melanie R. Ward, Haley FongAbstractThe use of music for discharge (for releasing anger or sadness through music that expresses these same emotions) is a commonly used strategy for people who engage in emotional eating (EE; eating to cope with stress). It is unknown, however, if this is a good alternative to EE. Emotional and avoidance coping strategies have been found in past research to relate to worse mental health, but are also likely associated with both EE and discharge when coping with stress. Therefore, it w...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - August 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Improvements in Adolescent Mental Health and Positive Affect using Creative Arts Therapy after a School Shooting: A Pilot Study
Publication date: Available online 27 July 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Emily Hylton, Angela Malley, Gail IronsonAbstractMass shootings have increased in the United States in recent decades and are associated with adverse psychological outcomes. This pilot study used a pre-post design to evaluate the effectiveness of a two-week creative arts therapy camp at improving the mental health of adolescents exposed to the horrific February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Participants (n = 34) were rising high school students and participated in visual art...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exploring resilience through case studies of art therapy with sex trafficking survivors and their advocates
This article explores the application of art therapy to enhance resilience within a trauma-informed approach and provides recommendations for victim and advocate programming. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Participation in Amateur Orchestra and Subjective Well-Being in Korea
This study revealed amateur orchestras as communities where different cultural values are harmonized within contexts of everyday life. The CoMT perspective contributed to findings that music as milieu can reflect and satisfy contemporary sociocultural needs as well as individuals’ needs while mutually interacting with participants and multilayered environments. (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Experiences of Patients in the Synchrony Group Music Therapy Trial for Long-term Depression
Publication date: Available online 24 July 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Emma Windle, Lauren M. Hickling, Sandra Jayacodi, Catherine CarrAbstractMusic therapy may be particularly well placed to address features of depression. The Synchrony study used group songwriting in a feasibility trial of group music therapy for long-term depression. The current study explored the lived experiences of the participants in these groups. Ten individuals participated in semi-structured interviews. These were analysed by a music therapist, research psychologist and lived experience researcher, using interpretative phenome...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Effects of Therapeutic Group Drumming with Korean Middle School Students on Aggression as Related to School Violence Prevention
This study examined which of three interventions was most effective in reducing aggression in middle school students in Korea: a lecture-based general prevention program, a therapeutic drumming group featuring collaborative work between a school music teacher and a music therapist, or an education-based drumming group. A non-randomized Repeated Measured ANOVA with one repeated factor and one between-groups factor was conducted to look for any statistically significant differences among the three groups (general prevention group, therapeutic drumming group, and education-based drumming group), between pre-and post-test, or ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Music Therapy Feasibility Study with Adults on a Hospital Neuroscience Unit: Investigating Service User Technique Choices and Immediate Effects on Mood and Pain
Publication date: Available online 19 July 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): West Rebecca, J. Silverman MichaelAbstractThere is a gap in the literature concerning service users’ music therapy (MT) technique choices and ensuing effects on mood and pain for adults on a general neuroscience unit. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation was to study the frequency of service user MT technique choices and their resultant effects on mood and pain in adults receiving MT applied for the first time on a neuroscience unit. Participants (N = 29) self-selected into one of three pre-determined sing...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Co-leading for community building: A program description of a dual-modality creative arts therapy group in psychiatric emergency care
This article describes a dual-modality group, created and co-led by an art therapist and a dance/movement therapist, designed to build a sense of community among patients in a child and adolescent comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP). This program description begins to address the dearth of literature published on the provision of therapy in psychiatric emergency care by describing the goals, methods, interventions, and observations of the therapists, including the benefits of integrating two creative arts modalities by co-leaders. The method of beginning with a dance/movement therapy segment, followed by an ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: April 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 63Author(s): (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Evaluating art therapeutifc processes with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Development and testing of two observation instruments for evaluating children’s and therapists’ behaviour
Publication date: Available online 8 July 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Celine Schweizer, Erik J. Knorth, Tom A. van Yperen, Marinus SpreenAbstractTwo instruments were developed and examined to enable treatment evaluation for art therapy (AT) with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). One instrument is the OAT-A (Observation in Art Therapy with a child diagnosed ASD), the other the EAT-A (Evaluation of actions of the Art Therapist during treatment of a child diagnosed ASD). Both scales were refined in a three round procedure. In each round raters (art therapists and students) observed a...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Backing the backbones—A feasibility study on the effectiveness of dance movement psychotherapy on parenting stress in caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 64Author(s): Supritha Aithal, Vicky Karkou, Gnanavel Kuppusamy, Pushpavathi MariswamyAbstractDance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) utilises the therapeutic power of dance within a psychotherapeutic frame to both alleviate distress as well as promote overall wellbeing. The effectiveness of an integrative approach to DMP was explored on the parenting stress experienced by the caregivers of children on the autism spectrum. The present study was conducted in India. Twelve caregivers of children on the autism spectrum from different regions of India were recruite...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - July 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Hall of Mirrors on Stage: An Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Playback Theatre
Publication date: Available online 22 June 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Ronen Kowalsky, Shoshi KeisariAbstractPsychotherapeutic playback theatre (“PPT”) is a form of group psychotherapy in which the playback theatre ritual is at the heart of a group therapeutic process. These groups usually meet on a regular basis, in a psychotherapeutic setting, with a psychotherapeutic contract and aims, and are conducted by a therapist. Each participant gets a chance to be a teller, a performer or a spectator. The aim of the present article is to present the theoretical concepts and techniques of PPT throu...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Associations between music and the sensory system: An integrative review for child therapy
Publication date: July 2019Source: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 64Author(s): Vered Simhon, Cochavit Elefant, Hod OrkibiAbstractSensory processing disorder (SPD) is a disruption in the organization of sensory input that affects appropriate responses to the demands of the environment. The consequences of SPD in children may include a developmental lag as well as behavioral and emotional problems. Music therapy is particularly suitable for children with a sensory processing disorder because music and the sensory system are both linked to the nervous system. This suggests there is a need to better understand the relations...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Finding Clarity in Chaos: Art Therapy Lessons from a Psychiatric Hospital
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Annette Shore, Sarah RushAbstractArt therapy methods and approach are explored through an overview of inpatient psychiatric art therapy and a series of practice-oriented lessons. Case vignettes describe a range of highly symptomatic patients in short term treatment and illustrate art therapy interventions that take place within the inherent challenges of the workplace. Patient symptoms (such as poor reality testing, emotional distress, and lack of stimulus barrier) necessitate structured methods and extremely modest goals that focus ...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - June 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The case report provides essential insight into practice and care in the Creative Arts Therapies
Publication date: Available online 14 June 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jane Edwards (Source: Arts in Psychotherapy)
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - June 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“I’m able to put my thoughts into picturing them physically” - Phenomenological experiences of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in a Secondary School: Unexpected empowerment over external contingency
This study explored eight secondary school participants’ subjective experiences of Dance Movement Psychotherapy [DMP], and how these perceptions relate to prior expectations and/or perceived outcomes from the therapy. How pupils and staff experience psychotherapeutic provision is of particular importance to engagement and process, with implications for therapeutic outcomes and – accordingly – the success and proliferation of such services within educational settings. A qualitative methodology based on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was utilised to explore these topics from the phenomenological l...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - June 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research