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Creative Arts in Counseling and Mental Health

Creative Arts in Counseling and Mental Health

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July 2015 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.
Robert King, Felicity Baker & Philip Neilsen
Chapter I: Introduction
A Theoretical Framework for Creative Arts in Recovery

A Note on the Evidence Base for Creative Arts in Recovery

What You Will Find in this Book

About the Authors

Robert King, Jon Scott & Jane Boggs
Chapter II: Lived experience: writing and recovery
A Writing Workshop

Clubhouse Writers

Robert King, Patricia Strobel, Tom O’Brien & Ann Bermingham
Chapter III: Lived experience: visual art and music in recovery
Patricia Strobel

Tom O’Brien

Ann Bermingham

Clare Edwards, Tom O'Brien & Robert King
Chapter IV: Visual arts: principles and evidence base


Study Aims

Overview of Study Design



Sandra Drabant & Robert King
Chapter V: Visual arts: multidisciplinary day program in practice for young people with severe mental health problems
The Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) Day Program

Jack’s Story and Art Therapy Assessment


Chapter VI: Visual arts: the place of the art exhibition in mental health recovery

The Art Exhibition – What Are We Talking About?

The Realisation of the Art Show

The Social Nature of the Art Show – Being Part of a Collaborative Event

The Relationship Between Exhibiting Art and Identity Development in Mental Health Context

The Purpose of the Art Show for the Recovery Community Network

Recommendations for Staging an Art Show in the Mental Health Recovery Context

Philip Neilsen
Chapter VII: Creative writing: literature review and evidence-based research

Creative Writing – Definition

Theoretical Frameworks and Explanatory Models

Commentary on Theoretical Frameworks


Philip Neilsen & Robert King
Chapter VIII: Creative writing: a practice-based account of designing and facilitating life-writing workshops for a group with severe mental illness

Materials and Methods, Participants and Setting


Preparation For and Delivery of the Workshops

Workshop Dynamics

Data Collection

Claire Stephensen & Felicity A Baker
Chapter IX: Music therapy and mental health recovery: what is the evidence?
What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy Methods in Recovery

Music Therapy Approaches in Research and Practice

Current Evidence

Katherine Aitchison
Chapter X: Music: the Interface of music therapy and psychotherapy with adolescents in a hospital-based, consultation-liaison mental health service: eclecticism in action
Music Therapy in CYMHS

Music Therapy and the Question of Orientation

Evidence for the Efficacy of Music Therapy in Child and Youth Mental Health

Eclecticism: An Integrated Approach

Therapeutic Songwriting with Adolescents

Fostering Understanding: A Psychodynamic Approach

Case Study: Sarah

Offering Acceptance: A Humanistic Approach

Case Study: Kathy

Facilitating Development: A Behavioural/Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

Case Study: Jayden

Anne Margrethe Melsom & Jill Comins
Chapter XI: A dance/movement therapy recovery model: engagement in stages of change
Introduction: Dance/Movement Therapy in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

A Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model

Use of the Therapist-Self within the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model

Emergence of the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model

Stages of Change and Dance/Movement Therapy: An Integrative Conceptualisation

Integrative Conclusions: Stages of Change and the DMT RECOVERY Model

Applications of the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model

Sherry W. Goodill
Chapter XII: The evidence base for dance/movement therapy in mental health: moving the body of knowledge

Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses

Levels of Evidence and Example Studies

Summary of Evidence for DMT


Andrea Baldwin
Chapter XIII: Applied theatre for mental health: literature review and evidence-based research

Forms of Drama Practice in Relation to Mental Health

Theatrical Theatre

Drama as Social Experience

Drama as Therapy: Psychodrama and Drama Therapy

Models of Drama Therapy

The Difference Between Drama as Therapy and Drama as Social Experience

How Does Participation in Drama Support Recovery?

Evidence of Effectiveness: How Participation in Drama Supports Recovery

Andrea Baldwin
Chapter XIV: Respect yourself drama education program in practice

Program Outline

Clinical Rationale


Example Session

Longer Term Effects

Digital storytelling for the self-advocacy of marginalised identities: theory and practice

Overview of Case Studies

Narrative Practice and Empowerment

Storytelling as Praxis

Notice One

My Secret Story

Greg’s Sermon


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 12

Phillip Max Neilsen

Philip Neilsen, MA, PhD, ASA is both a senior academic and an internationally acclaimed author and poet. He founded the creative writing program at the Queensland University of Technology where he is currently adjunct professor and also teaches poetics at the University of Queensland.  He has published five books of poetry, including Without an Alibi (Salt: Cambridge, 2008), five novels/novellas, and has been widely anthologised in Australia and the USA. His creative work has been translated, including into German, Chinese and Korean.  As an academic he has contributed scholarly works on literature and on the... More About Author

Robert J. King

Robert King is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology.  He is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the College of Clinical Psychology. Professor King holds a MA (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Monash University.  Robert's primary areas of research focus include: the impact and effectiveness of online delivery of counselling and psychotherapy services; the role of creative therapies in mental health; development and evaluation of models of mental health service delivery; and the... More About Author

Felicity A. Baker

Felicity Baker is a Music Therapist, Associate Professor in Music Therapy and currently an Australia Research Council Future Fellow (2010-2015) based at The University of Melbourne. she is currently Associate Editor the Journal of Music Therapy and immediate past President of The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc, the peak body of the discipline in Australia.  Felicity has established herself as an international leader in music therapy and is regularly invited to teach in institutions through Asia, UK/Northern Europe and the USA. Felicity is recognised for her research expertise in therapeutic songwriting and in... More About Author

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