At least all of us were once together in encouraging free expression, albeit guided by contrasting and paradigms. Musings about Deepening Connections in Families. With contributions from well-known, international arts therapists, this collection considers the development and expansion of the field of expressive arts. We might ask ourselves today how well we are doing in bringing imagination to the world, spreading it as much as possible rather than restricting access. Product Description: By Shaun McNiff, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts.
Art therapy has always been permeated by unsettling things that activate my advocacy for a deeper understanding of the artistic process, how it heals and furthers human understanding wherever in the world people have access. And paradoxically, as McNiff notes, depth is also on the surface of creation, a more immediate reflection of what is often unseen and unappreciated within the self. It has mobilized me to not just challenge the practices but offer something different and positive. This ground-breaking book explores the theoretical, clinical and training application of integrating mindfulness with all of the arts therapies, and includes cutting-edge contributions from neuroscience, with 6 sections that examine mindfulness and the arts therapies from different perspectives written by pioneers and leaders in their fields. He is a psychotherapist working with both children and adults and specializing in sandplay and dream work. Richmond Greene, Psychotherapist and Jungian Psychoanalyst, New York State. Depth Psychology of Art was written nearly thirty years ago and it presents the equivalent of an historical literature review on the sources that have informed my positions.
I have been taken aback by the appearance of coloring books, something that I never would have imagined in a field where even the most conservative strains of the work have always emphasized spontaneous expression, but as a diagnostic way of manifesting so-called pathological contents as I described. These open-ended and personal possibilities are the opposite of analytic science and in my view a complement to it. This is another intersection, as you call it, which is unique to art. Dennis McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor, Director, Metamorfos Institute, New York State. Do you see this depth in today? I discover and know myself through others, and the others of their art and my art. Presents a wide range of activities aimed at reviving art's traditional healing function and illuminates some progressive views in the rapidly expanding field of art therapy, including the practice of imagination as a force for transformation; the healing effects of group work; and total expression, which combines arts such as movement, storytelling, and drumming with painting and drawing. Levine's book explores the nature of traumatic experience and the therapeutic role of the arts and arts therapies in responding to it.
Applebaum also seeks to correct misconceptions about the arts that have filtered into the study and practice of depth psychology since the earliest writings of Freud and Jung. Product Description: In 1981, the author first published the groundbreaking, classic text, The Arts and Psychotherapy. This book provides a creative map of care with easy-to-follow examples and detailed case studies. Drawing on contributions from arts therapies, education, history, organizational studies, and philosophy, the essays critically examine unique challenges that include the personal and sometimes intimate nature of artistic enquiry and the complexities of the partnership with social science which has dominated applied arts research; how artistic discoveries are apt to emerge spontaneously, even contrary to plans and what we think we know; how truth can be examined through both fact and fiction as well as the interplay of objective and subjective experience; and ways of generating artistic evidence and communicating outcomes. Artistic expressions are the evidence in our discipline--- how can we present them in convincing ways that look, sound, and feel like the work, inspire others, and impact future practice. It relates to legitimacy issues and feeling the need to justify oneself according to the socially accepted and dominant paradigm. The most fundamental rationale is the same as the one justifying its use in therapy as a way of knowing, how the image and the process of making it are a few steps ahead of the reflecting mind.
Focusing on the visual arts and music, he shows that, in addition to conscious, intellectual critical powers, both the child and the creative artist rely on an unconscious, intuitive critical process to give shape to their view of the world. After reading this book, every play therapist will want a deep sand box in their playroom! The contributors to this book all work deeply, allowing children to take risks in a safe environment, and become fully absorbed in physical play. Why is it that creative arts therapists fail to apply this line of thinking to research? In my personal artistic practice I experience how artistic expression transforms the most difficult and troublesome things using their energy to create; as you have said, it fosters ----rather than simply manifesting the problems, it does something with them that only art can do. How would you respond to the following statement— The mystery of imagination is present in dream and vision, in disease and health, in personal and collective unconscious. According to Shaun McNiff, the arts are one pathway and the of depth psychology.
Shaun McNiff, Provost and Dean, Endicott College. Timothy Rodier, Psychotherapist, Kingston, New York. Subcutaneous, Subcortical, Subconscious and Subterranean: The Most Toxic Boy in the World's Search for Mum. He illustrates how practitioner-researchers can become involved in art-based inquiries during their educational studies and throughout their careers, and shows how new types of research can be created that resonate with the artistic process. I applaud Dennis McCarthy and his team of contributors for modeling ways of speaking about the work and presenting it, that reverberate with its bodily and energetic grounding together with the creative flights characterizing an immersion in play where the medium and the environment it creates are arguably the most potent healers. Initially trained as a dancer, he weaves the body's innate urge to move into all of his work. Ironically, my most formative influence has been observing how not to do art interpretation.
A Case for In-Depth Therapy with Adults. This edited book documents how the field of art therapy is taking shape as both a profession and a discipline across Asia. Product Description: Do you believe that life within an organization means death to the creative process? Polka argues that only this hermeneutic frees Freud's insight into the phenomenology of the unconscious from his contradictory metapsychology. Since art-based research corresponds to the process of making art, you cannot know the end at the beginning and the methods will be infinitely variable, like art, and individually designed in response to questions and the goals of the research. An important step might be for our training programs, associations, and journals to accept these questions as a basis of our mission. Why is it that creative arts therapists fail to apply this line of thinking to research? Each discussion is dictated by the artwork itself and is viewed from a variety of perspectives.
I find it useful today because those things do not change. Going deep has to be personal, a combination of subjective and objective experience. The book's contributors explore the transformative power of the arts therapies in areas stricken by conflict and discuss how and why expressive arts works. Integrating artistic and scientific procedures in many novel ways, this book offers fresh and productive visions of what research can be. Chapters include play with deep sandboxes, clay, water, and various objects, and look at a range of pertinent case studies to demonstrate the therapeutic techniques in practice, alongside the theoretical concepts in which they are grounded. Dennis McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor, Director, Metamorfos Institute, New York State.
Continuing in this tradition, and the challenges it carries, this volume includes a variety of inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of depth psychology, mysticism, and mystical experience, spanning the fields of theology, religious studies, and the psychology of religion. This uniquely creative and insightful work will be absorbing reading for analytical and depth psychologists, students of analytical psychology, academics and scholars of the arts and anyone with an interest in the application of Jungian ideas. Clearly and cogently expressed, the theoretical arguments are illustrated by numerous case examples, and the final part of the book provides a wealth of ideas and thought provoking questions for research. The Keys to the World: Revolution and Epiphany in Deep Sand. Clearly and cogently expressed, the theoretical arguments are illustrated by numerous case examples, and the final part of the book provides a wealth of ideas and thought provoking questions for research.
I thank the agitations for giving me a direction and a voice. Throughout the book the reader is encouraged to develop their own analytical technique: to follow the clues available, link threads together and analyse what they can see. It will also find a receptive audience within the larger research community where there is a rising commitment to expanding the theory and practice of research. Is there an intersection between the arts and depth psychology as ways of exploring human experience? For me depth is paradoxically on the surface of life and art---unseen and unappreciated and always in process. Digging and Delving, Poking and Pounding, Getting to the Bottom of Things.