Art as Therapy: Collected Papers

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2000 - Psychology - 272 pages

Edith Kramer is one of the pioneers in the field of art therapy, known and respected throughout the world. This collection of papers reflects her lifetime of work in this field, showing how her thoughts and practice have developed over the years. She considers a wide spectrum of issues, covering art, art therapy, society, ethology and clinical practice and placing art therapy in its social and historical context. Drawing on her very considerable personal experience as an art therapist, Kramer illustrates her conviction that art making is central to practice and cautions against making words primary and art secondary in art therapy.

Art as Therapy offers a rare insight into the personal development of one of the world's leading art therapists and the development of art therapy as a profession. It will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in art therapy.


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Wow! This is an exciting, honest expression of the need for art in our lives. If ever there were a way to expose the healing power of art and the place of art therapy in a society that has given in to a world of printed logos and stunted art education, this is certainly a book on the path to truth telling of this caliber.  


Introduction Personal History as Artist
The Unity of Process and Product
An Art Therapy Evaluation Session for Children
Art and the Blind Child
Case History of Christopher
Kupfermann with a discussion by Edith Kramer
Reflection on the Evolution of Human
The Etiology of Human Aggression
The Angels of St Wolfgang Representation
An Artists

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Edith Kramer was an artist and educator who taught and lectured all over the world. She practised art therapy with children who were suffering from a wide range of emotional disturbances in a variety of institutional settings. Edith was an adjunct professor at New York University in the graduate art therapy program, a lecturer at George Washington University, a painter and a sculptor.

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