Art is a door opener.
Subconsciously or consciously
We all express our emotions through art.
Are you a therapist who is considering incorporating art therapy into your practice to facilitate your client’s growth?
Do you volunteer or work in an institutional environment that is interested in developing a therapeutic art program for its residents?
Are you a creative person who wants to use art to explore some of your personal issues?
Whether your interest in art therapy is professional or personal, you will find plenty of practical and inspiring ideas in Diane Fausek-Steinbach’s book Art As Therapy – Inspiration, Innovation, And Ideas!
In Art As Therapy, Diane provides you with an overview of the responsibilities, risks and rewards that come with using art as therapy. She shares tips on incorporating your own unique interests and talents into your groups and provides you with the tools you need to successfully launch your first group!
Here is a sampling of the types of topics that Diane addresses in Art As Therapy:
- Safety Issues: Matching Your Materials To Your Group
- Incorporating Different Modalities Such As Music and Recreational Therapy
- Thinking Creatively: Where To Find Inspiration
- Using New Technology & The Internet
- Creating The Best Environment
- Fund Raising
The bulk of Diane’s book focuses on four types of therapeutic art projects:
- Miscellaneous Projects
- Guided Stories (which are distinct from Guided Imagery)
Diane discusses the benefits and drawbacks to working with each type of art (based on the strengths and challenges of the artists involved) and provides plenty of art projects that contained detailed material lists, preparation notes and instructions. The art projects also include discussion questions and, frequently, sample artwork (in black and white photos and illustrations).
In closing, Diane writes that:
Art is a celebration of the life and world around us.
Even in troubled times, and under less than ideal circumstances,
Art can lift the spirit, communicate ideas and emotions, and
Offer new opportunities to grow and learn.
If you’re looking for an art book with the power to enrich your life and the lives of those around you, be sure to add Art As Therapy to your personal and professional libraries.
About Diane Fausek-Steinbach
Diane Fausek-Steinbach is a consultant and art therapy group facilitator who has worked with long term care, rehabilitation, and general population clients for over 15 years. She is also the author of several well-received art therapy books, which include A Practical Guide to Art Therapy Groups and Art Activities for Groups: Providing Therapy, Fun, and Function.
Diane’s passions include foster parenting, blogging, mixed-media art and mentoring budding Christian writers.
For More Information About Diane:
- Visit Diane Steinbach on LinkedIn
- Visit ATA Girls – All Those Artsy Girls
- Visit DATWL: Christian Blogger’s Network
- Visit Foster Parent Rescue
- Visit Treasuring Grace
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- Blank Books For Writers And Artists from Quirk Books
- Craft A Day by Sarah Goldschadt
- Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures To Make And Share
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Idyll Arbor, Inc. for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.