This book provides an arts-based approach to theories and practices of expressive arts therapy. The contributors emphasize the importance of the imagination and aesthetic experience, arguing that these are central to psychological well-being, and challenging views which emphasise the cognitive and emotional dimensions of mental health development.
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Stephen K. Levine is Associate Professor of Social Science at York University, Toronto as well as Co-Director of ISIS-Canada and Associate Dean and Director of the Doctoral Programme at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. He is the author of Poiesis: The Language of Psychology and the Speech of the Soul, also published by Jessica Kingsley. Ellen G. Levine is Co-Director of ISIS-Canada and is a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health. She is also a core faculty member of the European Graduate School, Switzerland and the author of Tending the Fire: Studies in Art, Therapy and Creativity.Review:
This book does succeed in laying common ground beneath so many individual approaches to therapy, with its emphasis upon the imagination, spontaneous creative expression and intermodal techniques. It will, I suspect, become a standard textbook for practitioners, and it is without doubt a treasure trove for researchers, but I think it also has much to offer the general reader, for all of these issues are fundamentally human ones and could have meaning to anyone. -- Research in Drama Education
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