Clinical Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans



Series: Military and Veteran Issues, Health and Human Development
BISAC: PSY010000

The clinical and therapeutic experience, alongside with the research findings, which are presented in the book, demonstrate some advantages and scientific evidences of the art psychotherapy programs that the authors have used and developed throughout the last fifteen years. They strived to integrate their approaches with the art psychotherapy practice into the system of mainstream medical care applied at hospitals that embrace both biological treatments and some more traditional therapies (occupational therapy, individual counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, etc.), as well as complimentary therapies such as art therapy and mindfulness development programs.

The present book is truly one of the first publications on this topic, filling a major gap in the art therapy literature concerning the vibrant field of working with military members. It embraces both a high standard academic evidence base for art therapy and a variety of innovative empirical interventions applied with this clinical group, that have never been presented in publications. A particular value of the book is the presentation of how phototherapy techniques, environmental and nature-based practices, and those supporting emotional intelligence and coping-skills in ex-servicemen have been implemented with veterans.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author


Chapter 1. Art Therapy with War Veterans: History and Current Trends (pp. 1-22)

Chapter 2. Clinical Art Psychotherapy at the Specialized Psychotherapy Department of the Hospital for War Veterans: Setting and Procedure (pp. 23-44)

Chapter 3. The Study of Therapeutic Effects of Group Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans (pp. 45-62)

Chapter 4. Therapeutic Functions of Humor (pp 63-96)

Chapter 5. Environmental and Nature-Assisted /Ecological Practices in Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans (pp. 97-136)

Conclusion (pp. 137-142)

References (pp. 143-154)

Index (pp. 155)

The book is for mental health workers, particularly, creative and expressive arts therapists, psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists as well as artists and other creative workers wishing to explore and use therapeutic potential of art therapy and arts as an effective therapeutic tool applied either as a supplement to more conventional therapies and treatment interventions, or a specialized intervention of its own.

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