ERIC Number: ED340984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Counseling as an Art: The Creative Arts in Counseling.
Gladding, Samuel T.
In this book counseling approaches with a variety of populations are examined using these creative arts: music; dance/movement; imagery; visual arts; literature; drama; and play and humor. It is noted that all of these arts are process-oriented, emotionally sensitive, socially directed, and awareness-focused. Chapter 1 discusses the history, rationale, and benefits of using the arts in counseling. Chapters 2-8 use a systematic format to describe: (1) the introductory background about particular art form; (2) the premise behind using the art form discussed; (3) the general practice of employing the art in counseling settings; (4) the unique ways this art is utilized with special populations such as children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, groups, and families; and (5) art-related exercises. Chapter 9 discusses trends in counseling and creative arts, focusing on research, education, identity, and the interdisciplinary movement. Each chapter opens with a short poem by S. T. Gladding, and includes references. The book concludes that creative arts in counseling are currently undergoing a transition that promises to be long-term and productive, with major efforts underway on a grass-roots level to promote the recognition of creative arts therapies in a more positive way as a profession. (ABL)
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Role, Creative Art, Dance Therapy, Drama, Humor, Imagery, Literature, Music Therapy, Play, Visual Arts
American Association for Counseling and Development, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 (Order #72033, $23.95).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Counseling and Development, Alexandria, VA.