Clinical Uses of Drawings (Aronson, 1996)
Quote from Shirley Riley, ATR
"Many clients--adults, adolescents, and particularly children--find their best mode of communication through drawings. Clinicians no longer have to be perplexed about process and meaning of these products, since they can now turn to 'Clinical Uses of Drawings' to find guideliines that will enhance their understanding of the visual language of their clients. The authors have clearly shown the differences between psychological tests and their use, drawings in psychotherapy, and how to implement a variety of drawing tasks in family and group work. They consider ethical issues and confidentiality of the art and introduce the manner in which drawings can be of assistance in the diagnostic process. It is the rare text that delivers to the reader what it promises; this volume is that exception."
And from Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR (from the forward)
"Oster and Montgomery provide a practical compendium describing a broad spectrum of clinical applications of drawings. They present a clear and informative text that condenses and synthexizes a variety of uses of drawings in both assessment and therapy."
Stewart Gabel, M.D., Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital, Denver
"Oster & Montgomery's 'Clinical Uses of Drawings' reviews numerous techniques and approaches to arrive at developmental, cognitive, and emotional indicators in drawings...An important contribution to the mental health field."
Gerald D. Oster, Ph.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical School. He has co-authored seven books, among them "Using Drawings in Assessment and Therapy; Difficult Moments in Child Psychotherapy; Assessing Adolescents; and Understanding and Treating Depressed Adolescents and Their Families"
Sarah S. Montgomery, MSW, LCSW-C, is a school social worker who lectures on a variety of topics including teen depression and bereavement. She is co-author with Dr. Oster, of "Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A guide for parents and caregivers."
It explores "How does the creation of a symbolic image help a bereaved child, a depressed adult or anyone suffering mental distress?" The book "highlights the condition both art and the art of the therapist can make if working to ease the effects of bereavement, depression, abuse, physical handicap or any other cause of mental distress." The book is richly documented with case studies and over 80 illustrations.
Rita Simon is an art therapist in London, England, with many years experience both in private practice and the National Health Service. She is also President of NIGAT, the Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy.
Some information about Development and Diversity. New Applications
in Art Therapy:
13 chapters by practising art therapists. 12 are about the use of art to express and understand feelings and thoughts in a representative way towards verbal understanding of personal problems. 1 chapter is about the value and use of vitality affects (VA)to shape communication in a direct presentation of movement, contact and material. VA are first described in "The interpersonal world of the infant" by Daniel Stern (1985)to define mutual sensory interaction between mother and infant. Rutten-Saris (1990) defined VA as also a sensory quality of everyone,everything and every situation under the name: 'Radiation'. In the method "Emerging Body Language" (EBL)"Radiation becomes a presentational aspect of art therapy that can become shaped and formed in material into five developmental fases or layers.
The Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies, by Bernard and Elaine Feder.
Designed as both an introductory text on the basics of
evaluation and a handbook for practitioners.
First section deals with basics of evaluation, qualitative and quantitative.
Second section deals with specific approaches: psychometric, clinical or intuitive, and behavioral. The implications of the psychological orientation are discussed, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches: projective, behavioral, existential, etc.
The last section deals with evaluation in the specific arts therapies, and how the various modalities interact. Issues and trends are surveyed. The sections on projective approaches and on art therapy describe and review virtually every art therapy assessment now on the market, and discuss trends and proposals in art therapy evaluation.