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Art Therapy and Postmodernism

Art Therapy and Postmodernism

Janis Timm-Bottos | Anu Lala | Mehdi Naimi | Pamela Whitaker | Shelly Goebl-Parker | Suzanne Thomson | Annette Coulter | Jamie Bird | Susan Hogan | Josée Leclerc | Helene Burt | Joy Schaverien | Gillian Vellet | Marcelle Edwards | Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers | Nancy Nainis


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This comprehensive book brings together the voices of international art therapists with diverse backgrounds and experiences and asks them to consider the role of postmodernism in their understanding of art therapy. These practitioners share a common postmodern belief that art is a unique way of expressing and mediating the human condition and that art therapy should not be a diagnostic tool but a collaborative healing process between the therapist and the client. Drawing on psychotherapy, aesthetics and philosophy, the contributors present current practice, research and case studies and show the many directions and possibilities of postmodern art therapy.

This book is an important addition to art therapy theory and will be a crucial text for all art therapy students, academics, researchers and practitioners.

This book takes us into a new era, contextualising current practice and research, at the beginning of the 21st century... [This is] a vividly illustrated and culturally relevant book which is a vibrant celebration of the art in art therapy. It will make a welcome contribution to the literature in this expanding field.
From the foreword by Prof. Joy Schaverien Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and Art Psychotherapist, UK