December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Art therapy spans the continuum between two divergent viewpoints: art as therapy, focusing on the process of art making, and art psychotherapy, focusing on the finished created product and relying on the triangulated relationship between therapist, artist, and the artwork. Today the practice of art therapy flows along this continuum and the manner in which art therapy is practiced is dependent upon the setting and the clinician’s theoretical orientation.

Because of the diversity and intricacy of the practice of art therapy, there has rarely been a single text that has been comprehensive in capturing all aspects of the field. While it is true that there is a great deal of literature about art therapy already on the market, these texts seem to fall into two distinct categorical foci—breadth or depth.

Art therapy has evolved and expanded over the years creating a need for an updated, comprehensive and yet in-depth overview of the profession. Art Therapists Dr. David Gussak and Dr. Marcia Rosal have come together as co-editors to create an ambitious book unlike any other in the field.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Art Therapy will provide this comprehensive  and in-depth overview. This ambitious project will be a collection of the current and innovative clinical, theoretical and research approaches in the field and create a source book for both the beginning student and the seasoned professional. Creating a manuscript that has breadth and depth, this book will comprise nine sections, each focusing on an important aspect of the field. Together, these nine foci will provide the wide breadth of the field. Each section will consist of nine to eleven chapters that will explore a particular subtopic in that section. These chapters will provide the depth within each section. This format is directly aligned with the strategy and vision of Wiley’s online series, providing one complete and comprehensive book yet allowing each chapter to stand on its own for individual, online accessibility.

To see the editors, chapter outline, and list of contributing authors click on the tabs above.

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