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Handbook of Art Therapy

Second Edition

Edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi

Hardcovere-bookprint + e-book
October 18, 2011
ISBN 9781609189754
Price: $79.00
496 Pages
Size: 7" x 10"
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496 Pages
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Providing a complete overview of art therapy, from theory and research to practical applications, this is the definitive handbook in the field. Leading practitioners demonstrate the nuts and bolts of arts-based intervention with children, adults, families, couples, and groups dealing with a wide range of clinical issues. Rich with illustrative case material, the volume features 110 sample drawings and other artwork. The inclusion of diverse theoretical approaches and practice settings makes the Handbook eminently useful for all mental health professionals interested in using art in evaluation and treatment.

New to This Edition

“A welcome addition to the art therapy literature....A useful reference and a readable, interesting book to browse.”

Psychiatric Services

“This extraordinary volume is packed with state-of-the-art research and wisdom from renowned practitioners. Like the first edition, it will be a 'must read' for years to come for graduate students and practitioners in art therapy and allied fields, and for any therapist who uses art expression in clinical work. It is clinician friendly and eminently useful.”

—David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, Rhinebeck, New York

“An essential, integrative tool for introducing new art therapists and other human service professionals to the field of art therapy—and a terrific resource for experienced practitioners as well. Malchiodi and her contributing authors describe 'what art therapy is' in a clear and direct manner and provide meaningful applications of theory to practice. The volume demonstrates how art therapy actually works to provide psychological aid to a wide range of clients, from children in crisis to combat veterans. New coverage of technology and other topics brings the second edition up to date for this decade and beyond. I look forward to using this handbook as a text in my undergraduate and graduate courses.”

—Julia Byers, EdD, Division of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University

“This is one of those rare second editions that achieve much more than an update of the literature, expanding and enriching a work that already has proven to be a classic. The Handbook is not only a wonderful introduction for students and novice practitioners, it is also a valuable tool for seasoned therapists. Malchiodi and other luminaries in the field generously share their research findings, practical expertise, and clinical wisdom. This volume is a valuable addition to any art therapist’s library. I highly recommend it.”

—Lennis G. Echterling, PhD, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University

Table of Contents

I. The Art and Science of Art Therapy

1. A Brief History of Art Therapy, Randy M. Vick

2. Art Therapy and the Brain, Cathy A. Malchiodi

3. Art Therapy Materials, Media, and Methods, Cathy A. Malchiodi

4. Art Therapy in Practice: Ethics, Evidence, and Cultural Sensitivity, Cathy A. Malchiodi

II. Clinical Approaches to Art Therapy

5. Psychoanalytic, Analytic, and Object Relations Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi

6. Humanistic Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi

7. Cognitive-Behavioral and Mind–Body Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Aimee Loth Rozum

8. Solution-Focused and Narrative Approaches, Shirley Riley and Cathy A. Malchiodi

9. Developmental Art Therapy, Cathy A. Malchiodi

10. Expressive Arts Therapy and Multimodal Approaches, Cathy A. Malchiodi

III. Clinical Applications with Children and Adolescents

11. Drawing and Storytelling as Psychotherapy with Children, Masahiro Tanaka and Madoka Takuda Urhausen

12. Using Drawing in Short-Term Trauma Resolution, William Steele and Caelan Kuban

13. Art and Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children, Eliana Gil

14. An Art Therapy Approach to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Diane S. Safran

15. Art Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Robin L. Gabriels and Lyndsay J. Gaffey

16. Medical Art Therapy with Children, Tracy Councill

17. Art Therapy with Adolescents, Gretchen Miller

IV. Clinical Applications with Adults

18. Art in Counseling, Samuel T. Gladding

19. Creativity and Aging: An Art Therapy Perspective, Cathy A. Malchiodi

20. Art Therapy with Adults with Severe Mental Illness, Susan Spaniol

21. Art Therapy in Addictions Treatment: Creativity and Shame Reduction, Marie Wilson

22. Art Therapy with Combat Veterans and Military Personnel, Cathy A. Malchiodi

23. Art Therapy and Domestic Violence, Cathy A. Malchiodi and Gretchen Miller

V. Clinical Applications with Groups, Families, and Couples

24. Group Art Therapy: An Interactive Approach, Diane Waller

25. Developing Themes for Art Therapy Groups, Marian Liebmann

26. Group Approaches with Sexually Abused Children, P. Gussie Klorer

27. Using Art Therapy with Medical Support Groups, Cathy A. Malchiodi

28. Art Therapy with Families and Couples, Cathy A. Malchiodi

29. Art Therapy with Children in Grief and Loss Groups, Aimee Loth Rozum

VI. Art-Based Assessments

30. A Brief Overview of Art-Based Assessments, Cathy A. Malchiodi

31. What Art Can and Cannot Tell Us, Frances F. Kaplan

Appendix A. Credentials, Education, Supervision, Standards of Practice, and Ethical Standards

Appendix B. Resources

About the Editor

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in trauma recovery. Since the 1990s, Dr. Malchiodi has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families, expanding the range of understanding of nonverbal, sensory-based concepts and methods. Founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Dr. Malchiodi has given over 700 invited keynotes, lectures, and workshops around the world, and has assisted more than 500 organizations and institutions in developing trauma-informed, expressive arts, and disaster relief programming. Her books include Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy, Understanding Children’s Drawings, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer forPsychology Today, an active visual artist, and an aspiring musician.


Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC, Tracy's Kids Art Therapy Program, The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Robin L. Gabriels, PsyD, Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital Colorado, and University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado

Lyndsay J. Gaffey, MA, LPC, Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Eliana Gil, PhD, RPT-S, ATR, Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, Fairfax, VA

Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Frances F. Kaplan, MPS, DA, ATR-BC, Department of Art Therapy Counseling, Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, Oregon

P. Gussie Klorer, PhD, ATR-BC, LCSW, LCPC, Art Therapy Counseling Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

Caelan Kuban, LCSW, CTC-S, National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Starr Institute for Training, Albion, Michigan

Marian Liebmann, PGCE, CQSW, RATh, PhD, Centre for Personal and Professional Development, University of Bristol, and Inner City Mental Health Team, Bristol, United Kingdom

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC, Art Therapy Without Borders, Louisville, KY; Department of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA; and National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Clinton Township, Michigan

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center and Art Therapy Outreach Services, Cleveland, Ohio

Shirley Riley, MA, MFT, ATR (deceased), Department of Art Therapy, Marital and Family Therapy Graduate Program, Phillips Graduate Institute, Encinco, California

Aimee Loth Rozum, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC, Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Diane S. Safran, MS, LMFT, ATR-BC, Attention Deficit Disorders Institute,Westport, Connecticut

Susan Spaniol, EdD, ATR-BC, Art Therapy/Counseling Graduate Program, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, and visual artist, West Hartford, Connecticut

William Steele, MSW, PsyD, National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Starr Institute for Training, Albion, Michigan

Masahiro Tanaka, MA, Department of Psychological Counseling, Mejiro University, Tokyo, Japan

Madoka Takada Urhausen, LMFT, ATR-BC, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, and private practice, Long Beach, California

Randy M. Vick, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, Department of Art Therapy, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Diane Waller, MA (RCA), ATC, DIP. Group Psych, DPhil, FRSA, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

Marie Wilson, PhD, CSAT-S, ATR-BC, LPC, Art Therapy Programs, Department of Psychology, Caldwell College, Caldwell, New Jersey


Art and play therapists and other mental health practitioners, including clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, and school psychologists; graduate students in these fields.

Course Use

Serves as a text in art therapy courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2003
ISBN: 9781572308091
New to this edition: