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Expressive Arts for Social Work and Social Change


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Chapter 1: Why Expressive Arts for Social Work and Social Change?
Tuula Heinonen, Deana Halonen, and Elizabeth Krahn

Chapter 2: A Social Work Orientation for Transformation Using Expressive Arts
Tuula Heinonen, Deana Halonen, and Elizabeth Krahn

Chapter 3: Visual Arts: Drawing, Painting, and Collage
Tuula Heinonen

Chapter 4: Photography and Video Methods
Tracey Lavoie and Tuula Heinonen

Chapter 5: Movement and Dance
Sarah Roche and Tuula Heinonen

Chapter 6: Storytelling, Poetry, Writing, and the Art of Metaphor
Elizabeth Krahn

Chapter 7: Singing, Drumming, and Song Stories: Seeking Mino-Pimatisiwin Through Music
Margaret Tamara Dicks and Deana Halonen

Chapter 8: Theater, Drama, and Performance
Deana Halonen

Chapter 9: Expressive Arts for Transformation and Change
Tuula Heinonen, Deana Halonen, and Elizabeth Krahn


About the Author

Tuula Heinonen, DPhil, MSW, is Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.

Deana Halonen, MSW, is Senior Instructor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.

Elizabeth Krahn, MSW, is a social work counselor in her eighth year of private practice.


"The rapidly growing field known as expressive arts emerged from the capacity of the arts to address human suffering. Expressive Arts for Social Work and Social Change embraces this belief by exploring how the arts inform the practice of social work as agents for social action, justice, and change. This welcome volume provides readers with a wide range of examples, illustrations, and approaches that social workers and all human service professionals
can apply to their work with individuals, families, and communities."

- Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, Executive Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Louisville, KY
"This book on expressive arts innovation in social work is heartening, offering theoretical and practical insights, exploring a range of arts approaches, and demonstrating potential for individual and collective healing, empowerment, and transformation. It shows that creative storytelling, expression of feelings, exploration of social issues, and reflection have profound effects for human well-being, ethical practice, and social justice. An invaluable resource
for human services practitioners, researchers, and educators seeking the power of arts engagement."

- Diane Conrad, PhD, MEd, BEd, BFA, Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta
"Expressive Arts for Social Work and Social Change shows how we need the embodied, hermeneutic elements of arts as a central medium through which people enhance resilience and deal with social adversity and injustice. The book is an excellent and welcome addition to this important direction: it describes a broad range of arts interventions (including photography movement and music in addition to visual art), relates to a broad range of populations, and
most importantly, contextualizes these case studies within the Canadian context of ecological and post-colonialist theories of person in place and space."

- Ephrat Huss, PhD, MA, Associate Professor and Chair, Arts in Social Work Master's Specialization, Charlotte B. and Jack J. Spitzer Deptartment of Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Author of What We See and What We Say: Using Images in Research, Therapy, Empowerment, and Social Change

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