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Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy


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Introduction, Stephen K. Levine. Chapter 1: The Philosophy of Expressive Arts Therapy: Poiesis as a Response to the World, Stephen K. Levine. Chapter 2: Foundations for a Theory of Practice, Paolo J. Knill. Part I: Decentering and the Alternative Experience of World: Continuities in the Practice of Change Agents. Part II: Engaging the Arts and Play Makes a Difference. Part III: The Theory of Practice. Chapter 3: The Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Training, Therapy and Supervision, Ellen G. Levine. Part I: Training in the Practice of an Aesthetic Therapy. Part II: The Practice of an Aesthetic Therapy. Part III: Supervision of the Practice of an Aesthetic Therapy. Conclusion. About the Authors. References. Index.

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Paolo J. Knill is one of the founders of the expressive arts therapy program at Lesley University, USA and is the Provost of the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland, which offers MA and PhD degrees in expressive arts therapy. Ellen G. Levine and Stephen K. Levine are co-founders of the ISIS-Canada training programme in expressive arts therapy. Ellen is the Dean of Independent Study in expressive arts therapy, education, and consulting at the EGS and Stephen is the Dean of the Doctoral Programme. All three authors have published extensively in the field, with two of their works, Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy and Poiesis, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Laying out a philosophical, methodological, and practice-based thesis, Knill et al. give us a much-needed text that addresses the blended nature of the Expressive Arts Therapists. These are three masters in the field steeped in the language, education, and practice of arts-based psychotherapy. -- The Arts in Psychotherapy
Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy has something for everyone, with a general trajectory leading from the abstract and esoteric to the practical and everyday. -- Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

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