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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Second Edition

February 2014 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This bestselling introduction to art therapy brings theory to life through case material and examples of real artwork produced during therapy sessions. Practising art therapist Dave Edwards explains key theoretical ideas - such as symbolism, play, transference and interpretation - and shows how these relate to practice.

As well as providing useful information on training, employment and the role of the HPC, the book offers extra practical guidance on:

- assessing clients

- establishing and maintaining boundaries

- ending therapy

- private practice.  

Now even more practical and accessible, this fully updated Second Edition includes a glossary, chapter summaries and other learning features. Case studies from a variety of settings shillustrate the application of art therapy in real-life scenarios.  

This book offers an excellent foundation on which to build future knowledge and skills and should be on the shelf of every art therapy trainee and new practitioner.

David Edwards is an experienced HCPC registered art therapist who lives and works in Sheffield, UK.


What Is Art Therapy?
The Historical Background to Art Therapy
The Emergence of Art Therapy as a Profession in the UK
Frames of Reference - Psychoanalysis, Art and Art Therapy
Art Therapy in Practice
Training - From Apprentice to Practitioner
Professional Issues

For a comprehensive, and  thoughtful introduction to Art Therapy this is possibly the best place to start.

Nicholas D. Stein
Programme Leader MA in Art Therapy, University of Derby

David Edwards' updated Art Therapy 2nd edition aptly manages to convey a breadth as well as a depth of the profession.This book's accessible and lively style makes it an excellent primary text to gain a comprehensive understanding of art therapy. It makes for essential reading for people interested in the field as well as students and professionals alike.

Jonathan Isserow
Convener, MA Art Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton

This is going to form the basis of a whole new session focussing on the links between art teaching a wellbeing. A really useful book.

Mrs Kaytie Holdstock
Education, Worcester University
April 22, 2021

Brilliant insight and good for students to develop and understand Art Therapy concepts.

Miss Emma Humphreys
Education, Bournemouth And Poole College (Poole)
September 10, 2020

Beautiful and simple examples of the impact of arts in healthcare

Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University
July 8, 2016

Using therapeutic approaches & use of creativity in practice.

Ms T Kerin
School of Social and Health Sciences, Abertay University
September 9, 2016

Within the South African society with many previously disadvantaged people, existing racial divides and language barriers, using art therapy becomes essential in working with people as art is not restricted to one cultural grouping, but transcends these barriers constructed by people.

Professor Lourens Human
Psychology Department, University of Pretoria
April 14, 2016

Interesting content. Used by some of my ITE art specialist students as supplemental reading for their own research.

Mrs Ros Steward
Department of Education, University of the West Of England
June 25, 2015

A good, accessible introduction to the subject of art therapy with an overview of the history, guidance on different practical considerations and some helpful case illustrations as well as clear references for further reading. Not as in-depth in terms of clinical practice and reflection as other texts, more of a practical introduction to the field and career path.

Ms Lucy Dixon
AVA Training, Against Violence & Abuse (AVA)
June 15, 2015

Art therapy was not appropriate for this course.

Mrs Susan Simpson
Scarborough Campus, Hull University
October 22, 2015

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Chapter One: What is Art Therapy?

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