Newly qualified art therapists often feel daunted by the challenge of actually being face-to-face with a client and are unsure how to progress after the first image has been created. In this honest and encouraging book, Deborah Schroder explains how art can provide openings into therapeutic relationships and create a safe space for exploring issues and concerns.
Drawing on her own development as an art therapist and her extensive experience of supervising new therapists and students, Schroder provides practical advice on encouraging nervous or reluctant clients, or those unfamiliar with art therapy, to benefit from artmaking. She argues for a two-way sharing of art between therapist and client, exploring not only how specific techniques can be put into practice, but also how they benefit the therapeutic relationship. Providing guidance on moving into deeper work, exploring and containing particular emotions, and bringing the therapeutic relationship to a close, this book is invaluable to new art therapists at all stages of their relationships with clients.
Deborah Schroder teaches art therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has extensive experience of supervising recently-graduated therapists. She has explored the uses of art therapy in a wide variety of environments, including inpatient and day-treatment settings, a nursing home, a school, a community art centre and private practice.
Introduction. Part I - Getting to Know You. 1. Beginning a Relationship Using Art. 2. The Path to the Issue: Working Toward a Plan. 3. Getting to know the Reluctant Client. 4. Welcome to the Living Room. Part II - Deepening the Relationship. 5. Moving into Deeper Work. 6. Exploring and Containing Sadness. 7. Visualising and Expressing Anger. 8. Embracing All Images. 9. Thoughts on Trauma. 10. Moving Toward Healing. Part III - Moving Toward Goodbye. 11. Termination Issues. 12. Validating the Work that was Done. 13. Anticipating the Future. Epilogue. References. Index.