Art Therapy and Creative Coping Techniques for Older Adults

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Psychology - 328 pages

Art and the therapeutic uses of art provide older adults with valuable ways in which to express and share their feelings, needs and fears, and with a resource for coping with life's major changes. This practical book is filled with step-by-step exercises for art therapists and other professionals to use in work with older adults, either individually or in groups.

The author provides brief, imaginative warm-ups, which encourage participants to become more at ease expressing themselves creatively. She offers ideas for engaging and innovative creative projects across a range of media, including art, music, movement, poetry and creative writing, all of which can be adapted, personalised or combined to meet the particular needs of individual participants. Points to consider when working with this client group are explored, and case study examples, with participants' artwork, are included throughout.

Appropriate for use with all relatively able older adults, including those with depression, anxiety or in the early stages of dementia, this will be an invaluable tool for art therapists as well as counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and carers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
12
1 WarmUps
20
2 Drawing
44
3 SelfAwareness
53
4 SelfEsteem
98
5 Stress Reduction
119
6 MovementMusic
148
7 Creative Expression
159
9 ChangeTransformation
222
10 Murals
238
11 Coping Skills
251
12 Reminiscing
287
13 Diverse Directives
299
References
320
Index
322
Copyright

8 Collage
192

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Susan I. Buchalter is a senior clinical therapist at the University Medical Centre at Princeton. She is a certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified group psychotherapist, and has over 25 years' experience of leading art therapy and psychotherapy groups. Susan is the author of A Practical Art Therapy and Art Therapy Techniques and Applications, both published by JKP.

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