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The Creative Arts in Counseling, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-02646-4
308 pages
December 2014
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In this detailed examination of the expressive therapies, Dr. Gladding demonstrates how music, dance, imagery, visual arts, literature, drama, and humor can be used effectively in counseling. Combining history, theory, and application, he provides a rationale for using each art form with how-to strategies for working with clients of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds to promote positive change and growth. This fourth edition includes Creative Reflection sections that give readers an opportunity to ponder their own creativity and, for greater ease of use, a new chapter that briefly describes each of the 117 exercises found in the book.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

About the Author xiii

Chapter 1 History of, Rationale for, and Benefi ts of Using the Arts in Counseling 1

Chapter 2 Music and Counseling 21

Chapter 3 Dance and Movement in Counseling 43

Chapter 4 Imagery and Counseling 61

Chapter 5 Visual Arts and Counseling 79

Chapter 6 Literature and Counseling 107

Chapter 7 Drama and Counseling 135

Chapter 8 Play and Humor in Counseling 155

Chapter 9 Trends in Counseling and the Creative Arts 181

Chapter 10 Creative Arts Exercises 197

References 221

Subject Index 267

Name Index 281

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“Inspirational and amazingly comprehensive, The Creative Arts in Counseling offers a truly exceptional array of creative interventions and innovative strategies for practicing counselors working in diverse counseling settings. It is artfully written, provides myriad vivid examples, and is a genuine treasure. A pioneer in the field of creativity in counseling, and a noted and respected professional leader, Dr. Gladding has hit a home run!”Thelma Duffey, PhD, Founding President, Association for Creativity in Counseling, Professor and Chair, The University of Texas at San Antonio

“This book is a unique and comprehensive resource for counselors and counselor educators alike that illustrates how the arts can be used to enrich the counseling process. This inspiring book will enhance counselors’ skills in integrating the creative arts in counseling and is a basic requirement for students in our expressive arts program.”Sally S. Atkins, EdD, REAT, REACE, Appalachian State University

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