Action Therapy With Families and Groups: Using Creative Arts by Daniel J. Wiener, Linda K. Oxford

By Daniel J. Wiener, Linda K. Oxford

Motion treatment With households and teams introduces clinicians to cutting edge healing suggestions that may be used with households and teams: motion equipment or treatment ways concerning actual circulate and expressive arts ideas. those tools offer consumers and therapists new methods of either taking a look at difficulties and studying recommendations to those difficulties and are hence particularly applicable to talents education, position improvement and growth, dating enhancement, and momentary remedy with teams, undefined, and families.

Contributors offer a quick assessment of featured motion tools and illustrate the appliance in their specific way to particular remedy situations, discussing the explanation at the back of their scientific offerings and the way they dealt with any targeted demanding situations or problems. Chapters illustrate kinfolk treatment that specializes in facing grief and loss, family members reorganization, and the consequences of trauma in addition to workforce remedy techniques to the therapy of addictive and compulsive problems, self-mutilation, substance abuse, autism, continual psychological sickness, and profession difficulties.

This booklet will entice scholars, educators, and psychological healthiness pros searching for clean ways to operating with their consumers and how one can extend their healing recommendations.

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During the next session, the Greys and Brian reported that they had experienced significant catharsis. The parents established a “special time” for Brian in which they spent time only with him. Brian reported that he no longer needed to listen to Sandy, as he now had his parents back again. He stated that he was ready to begin to accept Brandy. Brandy and Mrs. Grey also had several sessions together during this time. Both reported that Brandy had been having difficulty sleeping due to nightmares and that she was continuing to show aggression toward herself during the day.

Grey and Brandy. The therapist noticed this break in the play and asked Mrs. Grey to come out of the house and sit next to the “dead” body of Brandy. In a few minutes, Brandy began to move her fingers. The therapist encouraged Mrs. ” Soon Brandy began to move her whole body in an “alive” dance. This sequence was repeated several times, much to the delight of both Mrs. Grey and Brandy. In this way, the therapist coached the mother to extend the play state to incorporate Brandy’s moment of becoming overwhelmed by fear into a play flow that creatively resolved the emotional tension.

When the family confronts the externalized problem and exposes its “hidden agenda,” family members are quickly motivated to develop cooperative strategies to challenge and defeat the problem. Attribution of malicious intent to the problem rather than to family members increases their cohesion, empathy, and mutual support and encourages them to view themselves and one another in new ways. New roles and behaviors that prove effective are validated and retained. The family’s successful solution is then confirmed through the cocreation of new stories, which in turn give rise to new family scripts.

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