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Arts Therapists in Multidisciplinary Settings

Arts Therapists in Multidisciplinary Settings

Caroline Miller | Abigail Raymond | Adrian Zygmu Lania | Agnès Desombiaux-Sigley | Alison Talmage | Anaia Treefoot | Lucy-Mary Mulholland | Heather Fletcher | Jennie Halliday | Keryn Squires | Marion Gordon-Flower | Mariana Torkington | Megan Spragg | Robin Barnaby | Neetu Sharma | Shari Storie | Steve Harvey | Judy Donovan | Tosca Lammerts Van Bueren


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In a multidisciplinary setting or team, competing perspectives and principles can be challenging to negotiate, but supportive working relationships and effective collaboration can ultimately lead to an enriched experience and innovative outcomes for both professionals and clients.

Drawing on their diverse experiences, art, music, drama, play and dance therapists emphasise the valuable results that their respective disciplines can produce when applied in settings ranging from schools to hospices, in collaboration with behaviour therapists, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other practitioners. The book provides a unique perspective on the common issues faced by arts therapists when working with other professionals and will assist arts therapists in promoting their profession to co-workers and clients.

This rich collection of essays, edited by a respected colleague in the arts therapies, provides ample evidence of the many benefits to be gained from collaborative working in a broad range of settings. It offers exciting examples of innovative work, practical advice and theoretical principles, which link theory and practice in ways that will enrich the arts therapies professions.
Dr Anna Seymour, Senior Lecturer in Dramatherapy, University of Roehampton, London, UK
From a practitioner's perspective the roles, responsibilities, and overall creative contributions of the professional arts therapist(s), within collaborative work, are asserted in this pivotal publication. Each chapter provides a purposeful and sensitive self-reflexive investigation that results in a strategic and perhaps renewed conceptualization of one's role that ultimately leads to an informed and enriched practice. This book is a welcomed addition to our collection of contemporary mental health and arts therapy resources; a definite recommended read for our graduates.
Ronald P.M.H. Lay, MA, AThR, ATR-BC, Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist, Supervisor and Programme Leader, MA Art Therapy, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore