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A Theory-based Approach to Art Therapy


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Introduction. Section 1: Art Therapy According to Theory Art as a Path to the Unconscious: Art therapy and Psychodynamic theory. Art as Relationships: Art therapy and object relations. Art as the Ego: Art therapy and ego psychology. Culturally Contextualized Art as Healing on a Pre-conscious Level: Art therapy and Jung. Summary of Dynamic Theories. Art as a Path to the Self: Art therapy and Humanistic theories. Art as Experience: Art therapy and Gestalt. Art as Development: Art therapy and Developmental theories. Art as Telling and Re-telling: Art therapy and Narrative theory. Art as the Positive: Art therapy and positive psychology. Summary of Humanistic Theories. Art as Showing a System: Art therapy and systemic theory. Art as Claiming Space: Art therapy and empowerment. Art as a Space to Fight: Art therapy and social theories. Art as Cultural Values: Art therapy and culture Section 2: Pulling it Together through Theory: Art-Settings-Populations Doing the Art: Setting-Process-Interpretation. Individual, Family, Group, and Community. Deconstructing Populations. Evaluation Supervision and Research.

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Dr Ephrat Huss is Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and Chair of the Arts in Social Practice MA specialization. Before this, she worked for many years as a supervising art therapist, family therapist and social worker before turning to research, and still strongly believes in the connection between theory and practice.

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