You are here

Creative Arts in Counseling and Mental Health

Creative Arts in Counseling and Mental Health

Edited by:

July 2015 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Robert King, Felicity Baker & Philip Neilsen
Chapter I: Introduction
A Theoretical Framework for Creative Arts in Recovery  
A Note on the Evidence Base for Creative Arts in Recovery  
What You Will Find in this Book  
About the Authors  
Robert King, Jon Scott & Jane Boggs
Chapter II: Lived experience: writing and recovery
A Writing Workshop  
Clubhouse Writers  
Robert King, Patricia Strobel, Tom O’Brien & Ann Bermingham
Chapter III: Lived experience: visual art and music in recovery
Patricia Strobel  
Tom O’Brien  
Ann Bermingham  
Clare Edwards, Tom O'Brien & Robert King
Chapter IV: Visual arts: principles and evidence base
Study Aims  
Overview of Study Design  
Sandra Drabant & Robert King
Chapter V: Visual arts: multidisciplinary day program in practice for young people with severe mental health problems
The Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) Day Program  
Jack’s Story and Art Therapy Assessment  
Chapter VI: Visual arts: the place of the art exhibition in mental health recovery
The Art Exhibition – What Are We Talking About?  
The Realisation of the Art Show  
The Social Nature of the Art Show – Being Part of a Collaborative Event  
The Relationship Between Exhibiting Art and Identity Development in Mental Health Context  
The Purpose of the Art Show for the Recovery Community Network  
Recommendations for Staging an Art Show in the Mental Health Recovery Context  
Philip Neilsen
Chapter VII: Creative writing: literature review and evidence-based research
Creative Writing – Definition  
Theoretical Frameworks and Explanatory Models  
Commentary on Theoretical Frameworks  
Philip Neilsen & Robert King
Chapter VIII: Creative writing: a practice-based account of designing and facilitating life-writing workshops for a group with severe mental illness
Materials and Methods, Participants and Setting  
Preparation For and Delivery of the Workshops  
Workshop Dynamics  
Data Collection  
Claire Stephensen & Felicity A Baker
Chapter IX: Music therapy and mental health recovery: what is the evidence?
What is Music Therapy?  
Music Therapy Methods in Recovery  
Music Therapy Approaches in Research and Practice  
Current Evidence  
Katherine Aitchison
Chapter X: Music: the Interface of music therapy and psychotherapy with adolescents in a hospital-based, consultation-liaison mental health service: eclecticism in action
Music Therapy in CYMHS  
Music Therapy and the Question of Orientation  
Evidence for the Efficacy of Music Therapy in Child and Youth Mental Health  
Eclecticism: An Integrated Approach  
Therapeutic Songwriting with Adolescents  
Fostering Understanding: A Psychodynamic Approach  
Case Study: Sarah  
Offering Acceptance: A Humanistic Approach  
Case Study: Kathy  
Facilitating Development: A Behavioural/Cognitive-Behavioural Approach  
Case Study: Jayden  
Anne Margrethe Melsom & Jill Comins
Chapter XI: A dance/movement therapy recovery model: engagement in stages of change
Introduction: Dance/Movement Therapy in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care  
A Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model  
Use of the Therapist-Self within the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model  
Emergence of the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model  
Stages of Change and Dance/Movement Therapy: An Integrative Conceptualisation  
Integrative Conclusions: Stages of Change and the DMT RECOVERY Model  
Applications of the Dance/Movement Therapy RECOVERY Model  
Sherry W. Goodill
Chapter XII: The evidence base for dance/movement therapy in mental health: moving the body of knowledge
Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses  
Levels of Evidence and Example Studies  
Summary of Evidence for DMT  
Andrea Baldwin
Chapter XIII: Applied theatre for mental health: literature review and evidence-based research
Forms of Drama Practice in Relation to Mental Health  
Theatrical Theatre  
Drama as Social Experience  
Drama as Therapy: Psychodrama and Drama Therapy  
Models of Drama Therapy  
The Difference Between Drama as Therapy and Drama as Social Experience  
How Does Participation in Drama Support Recovery?  
Evidence of Effectiveness: How Participation in Drama Supports Recovery  
Andrea Baldwin
Chapter XIV: Respect yourself drama education program in practice
Program Outline  
Clinical Rationale  
Example Session  
Longer Term Effects  
Digital storytelling for the self-advocacy of marginalised identities: theory and practice
Overview of Case Studies  
Narrative Practice and Empowerment  
Storytelling as Praxis  
Notice One  
My Secret Story  
Greg’s Sermon  
Key features


  • The text’s introduction summarizes approaches and interventions, discusses the meaning of recovery from a cutting-edge perspective, and demystifies creativity.
  • Practical tools in every chapter enable practitioners and students to deliver expressive therapy interventions in programs and activities that promote recovery.
  • An evidence-based and accessible exploration of creativity sets the book apart from others in the field.
  • Illustrations, photographs, and stories throughout the book bring topics to life and enhance content mastery.  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 12

Preview this book

For instructors

Review and Desk copies for this title are available digitally via VitalSource.

Request e-review copy

If you require a print review copy, please call: (800) 818-7243 ext. 6140 or email

Select a Purchasing Option

Electronic version
Prices from
*180 day rental

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.