By Ellen G. Levine and Stephen K. Levine (Editors)
The sector of expressive arts is heavily tied to the paintings of healing swap. in addition to being helpful for the person or small team, expressive arts treatment has the potential of a wider healing impression. This publication addresses how the rules and perform of the humanities remedies will be and feature been used effectively to encourage social motion and produce approximately social swap around the globe. The individuals discover the transformative energy of arts treatments in parts laid low with clash, political unrest, poverty or common catastrophe. they give the impression of being at how and why expressive arts works, and the way it may be used to interact social cognizance and enhance social stipulations, making an allowance for the problems that come up inside of varied contexts and with varied populations. major expressive arts remedy practitioners provide inspiring bills of social initiatives they've got labored on, from utilizing poetry as a way of trauma intervention with Iraqi survivors of conflict and torture, to establishing storytelling workshops to help the combination of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel. providing visionary views at the function of the humanities in inspiring swap on the neighborhood or social point, this can be a major ebook for all scholars and practitioners of artistic and expressive arts remedies, in addition to psychotherapists, counsellors and others operating to impression social swap.
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This organization, the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), also recognized the need to extend beyond the scope of psychotherapy to embrace the work of expressive arts-oriented artists and expressive arts consultant/educators. Even within early theoretical articulations of the practice of expressive arts therapy, the work of social action was prominent (Rogers 1993). 44 Art in Action This willingness to embrace the affiliated uses of the expressive arts in studio, education, and community emerged in stark contrast to other creative arts therapy disciplines.
Moreover, there has been a move towards reassessing credentials within creative arts therapy professions to align with those of state licensing boards in mental health counseling (Kapitan 2004). As with many of the other disciplines of creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapy has found a certain amount of professional legitimacy by partnering with mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy licensure as well. However, this shift towards licensure and the search for legitimacy has also left the field of expressive arts therapy with potential rifts that could be seen by some as fundamental.
Expressive therapy as a discipline is just now arriving at the place where it can look at itself retrospectively and begin to examine not only some of its roots but also some of its tensions. Unlike the related disciplines of art therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy, there is still relatively little formal scholarship, research, and literature that can help unify or establish a common language or discourse within the field of expressive arts. In essence, we are a profession of doers. The field has thrived for Social Activism within Expressive Arts “Therapy” 49 over 35 years in part because of its practical and enduring focus – namely, the facilitation of a relational context in which the inherently healing potential of the imagination and the creative process can be expressed, experienced, and exploited via the arts.