ERIC Number: ED350528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Expressive Arts in Counseling. ERIC Digest.
Gladding, Samuel T.
Art has played a part in the helping professions since ancient times. In recent times, there has been renewed interest in the use of the arts in counseling, especially art forms that are considered "expressive." Counselors can help their clients develop their potential through concrete and abstract verbal and nonverbal art forms. To do so, it is important for counselors to understand the arts and how they can be useful in counseling. The expressive arts consist of verbal and nonverbal ways of representing feelings. The most well known verbal arts are drama and literature, while the best known nonverbal arts are music, dance, imagery, and visual expression (drawing, painting, sculpting). While there are numerous ways to use the expressive arts in counseling, the needs of the client, the skills of the counselor, and the nature of the problem must be main considerations when using the arts therapeutically. Expressive arts can be used on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention in all forms of counseling. Counselors must be aware of the limitations as well as the strengths of using the expressive arts in counseling. (NB)
ERIC/CAPS, 2108 School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, Ann Arbor, MI.