Clinical Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans

Alexander Kopytin
Psychotherapy Department, Northwest Medical I. Mechnikov University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Alexey Lebedev, M.D.
Psychotherapy Department, Hospital of War Veterans in Volgograd

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



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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.

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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)

“This book makes a great contribution to the field of treatment of War Veterans. It includes fresh and evident based cost effective intervention information and innovative knowledge about the potential of the use of humor and the natural environment to support healing and cure. The Art Psychotherapy Model and Procedure it contains offers practitioners an effective tool to work with groups using the power of the creative process to empower and support the veterans. I have especially enjoyed chapter five which presents varied possibilities of incorporating nature and elements from nature in treatment. "Clinical Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans" is not only well written but is also practical and inspiring. I recommend it to every therapist that is working with people that deal with PTSD and with victims of war in particular.” - Ronen Berger, PhD, Assistant professor, The Academic College of Society and the Arts, Israel, Co-author of The Healing forest - Nature Therapy and the Expressive Arts in Post-Crisis Treatment of Children

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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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