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Assessment and Outcomes in the Arts Therapies


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Introduction. Caroline Miller, Dramatherapist. 1. Overview. Caroline Miller. Part 1: Working with Adults. 2. Nursing the Wounded Heart. Marion Gordon-Flower, Arts Therapist. 3. Choral Singing Therapy for a Client with Parkinson's Disease. Suzanne Purdy, Head of Speech Science Group, School of Psychology and Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland, Laura Fogg-Rogers, Communications and Liason Manager, Department of Speech Science and Centre of Brain Research, University of Auckland, Sylvia Leao, Speech Language Therapist, and Alison Talmage, Music Therapist, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, Auckland and the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. 4. Phototherapy with an Adult with Grief Issues. Robin Barnaby, Arts Therapist. 5. Who Am I? Depression and Identity. Caroline Miller. 6. The Inner Pilgrimage - Through Heart to Soul. Margaret-Mary Mulqueen, Counsellor. 7. Dancing with the Magic of the Archetypes. Marion Gordon-Flower. Part 2: Working with Children. 8. A Child's Creative Journey Through Trauma. Mariana Torkington, Arts Therapist. 9. Individual Art Therapy on the Spectrum: Opening Lines of Communication through Creative Processes. Abigail Raymond, Arts Therapist, and Caroline Miller. 10. Dramatherapy to Support Social Interactions with Peers. Robin Barnaby. 11. Creating an Emotional Safe House in a Time of Chaos: Supporting a Child Living in a Violent and Unstable Home Environment. Abigail Raymond. 12. Individual Music Therapy for an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy. Alison Talmage and Claire Molyneux, Music Therapist and Head of Clinical Services at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, Auckland. 13. Group Art Therapy with Children with Asperger's Syndrome. Abigail Raymond and Caroline Miller. Conclusion. Caroline Miller. The Contributors. Index.

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An accessible introduction to assessment and outcomes for arts therapies

About the Author

Caroline Miller is a dramatherapist and psychologist in private practice. She completed her training as a dramatherapist in 1991, from the training programme in York, accredited by the University of Leeds, UK. She then relocated to New Zealand where she worked in a number of roles including school counsellor, manager of mental health services for children and adolescents, and dramatherapist in special needs education. In 2001 she was the inaugural co-director of the only training programme for arts therapists in New Zealand.


As a Dramatherapist it was interesting to read of work by Music and Art and also Speech and Language Therapists with client groups with which I have some experience. This multi-disciplinary approach is very helpful in breaking down barriers and promoting cooperation... There is a wealth of material with tabulated Assessments and Outcomes for therapists in organisations wanting to see numerical and comparative scales. But also Assessment models developed within the therapeutic relationship rather than being pre-determined ones. There are well formulated questionnaires and summaries of outcomes, sometimes with parents' views too, and all the chapters have very clear sub-titles which make for easy reading... I would particularly recommend Caroline Miller's book to students and new graduates of the Arts Therapies who are seeking a comprehensive collection of Assessment models and descriptions of Arts Therapies Outcomes with a wide variety of client groups. As a Supervisor, Dramatherapist and Consultant I feel it is a valuable tool to recommend to supervisees and also people in organisations wanting clarity about different Arts Therapies approaches. For experienced practitioners this book can be of help in re-evaluating one's own practise and in gauging the need to change evaluation methods or ways of recording. -- The Sesame Institute UK and International online Journal
Assessment and Outcomes in the Arts Therapies is truly a landmark publication lending credence to Arts Therapies in clinical practice; not only does this book set the standard for effective assessment approaches currently employed by experienced practitioners, I imagine it will generate great interest and challenge Arts Therapists and other professionals to recognise our diversity, strength, and untapped potential for further contributions to research within our profession. -- Mary Brownlow, AThR, Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Interactive Drawing Therapy Teacher Trainer
This truly engaging and accessible volume will be of interest to Arts Therapists, Arts in Health practitioners and everyone interested in the healing properties of the arts. The contributors represent a wide range of arts therapies and arts based health interventions and demonstrate that providing evidence based practice is entirely compatible with a client centred philosophy. Their passion and commitment reach out from the page and draw us into an inspiring world of artistic enquiry based on their considerable levels of expertise and erudition in their chosen art form. -- Madeline Andersen-Warren, Director of the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy, dramatherapist, author and researcher, Huddersfield, UK
This book is clearly a treasure-trove for both practitioners and researchers in the arts therapies. Caroline Miller and her New Zealand colleagues have provided fresh assessment tools and grounded them in detailed case studies and narratives. Session descriptions are often touching - especially where they describe clients on the autism spectrum. The collection invites the reader's profound understanding of informed research design and practice with adults and children: essential reading for arts therapists. -- Joanna Jaaniste, Dramatherapist, Sydney, Australia
This book explores assessment processes and outcome measures in the arts therapies by offering comprehensive working examples of how to apply these in every day practice.... Chapters are fast moving and are neatly segmented with clear headings and colour illustrations. Each case study imaginatively describes a story exploring the impact of assessment and outcome measures on the client work. Arts therapies include art, drama, music and art... The aim of the book is to demonstrate working models in order to promote the use of assessment approaches in every day practice...Strategies are explored for assessing clients as to the suitability of an intervention... At the heart of this book and each case study within it, is the clients experience and understanding... This book is an engaging read and a stride forward in promoting the accessibility of the tools practitioners can utilise to effectively develop their practice in this area... This text is useful for newly qualified practitioners and experienced ones alike. -- Alice Fairbank, Art Psychotherapisst * Play Therapy *
What I like about this book is that it contributes to the growing culture shift away from 'therapist knows best' to a more collaborative approach where therapist and patient work things out together... Throughout are worked examples of how a previously medically driven tool can be adapted in such a way as to influence positively the power balance in the therapist-client relationship... this is a timely overview of some of the more useful ways we can demonstrate change, worth a read by any music therapist. -- Anna Maratos, MT * British Journal of Music Therapy *

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