After Homeopathy and Sophrology, A-MCA has dedicated its third book to Art Therapy.
The exercise covers a wide variety of topics, including music therapy, drama therapy, writing therapy, dance therapy, and painting. They are part of the dynamics of integrated health, relational care and care approaches.
” Art therapy does not arouse much controversyA-MCA’s general manager recalls Veronica Swiss. It agrees with a relatively agreed and wide audience. A
This practice exists in both nursing homes, special centers for combating addiction, oncology support care, psychiatric services with people with psychological fragility, as well as support centers for sick children.
“ Art therapy aims at people who are experiencing physical, psychological or emotional problems, including disability or existential problems or personal evolution.Pr Jean-Pierre Klein, psychiatrist, father of art therapy in France and director of the National Institute of Expression, Creation, Art and Therapy (INECAT) recalls in the book.
It also participates in preventive activities. The approach extends more rigorously to the social sphere and makes it possible to deal with recurring social problems such as violence in certain institutions or in certain geographical areas. It can be combined with a social or educational project. A
An art therapist has a desire for recognition
However, art therapy raises other questions about the use of the term “therapy”. As a global care approach, industrial therapy ” The purpose is not to fight the symptoms, but to appeal to the individual’s preserved potential or even to give birth to a new one through the process of creation and the relationships associated with it. ”
This process allows the patient to live better with his or her pathology. Their support, practitioners To take care 6, Art therapists are asking for greater recognition of their practice in the field of health and human vulnerability.
And this, more so because art therapies are not free from risk in the absence of training as they involve the interpretation of the patient’s intimate and sensitive production. ” Art therapists see and claim themselves as therapistsVeronica recalls Swiss.
They regret not having their true place in the world of care, even though they consider themselves caring actors. This is a matter of debate which can cause controversy. A
In this sense, homogeneity of training is a problem. ” The level of training is different in different disciplines but also within the same discipline, which leads to different levels of skill of the practitioners.A-MCA points to the director.
Indeed, the place of art therapists in the world of care cannot be disconnected from the question of their initial and continued training.. A
Questions and debates
As with other works, the three founders of A-MCA do not want to take a position on the effectiveness of the practice or judge the beliefs of citizens, patients or practitioners with the help of this book.
The first part of the book To understand Art therapy, its origins and allows therapists to explain, then focus on different practices and training of art therapists.
The second part introduces the debate, providing a cross-view on the place of art therapy in care and the various practices in the intervention of art therapists, doctors, carers or managers.
In this section, the chapters address human fragility, especially the use of practice with the elderly or the seriously ill.
Thus, Ayala Elharar, a dance therapist, testifies to her activities and the feelings of the patients she supervises: ” The art therapist advises patients that they can lend themselves, in a way, to a game that, without betting, thus leaves all its space in ″ I ″. A
The practice is also “recommended” for people with multiple disabilities who, ” Like everyone else, […] Enjoy innovation, exploration, discovery, wonder and challenge 6, recalls Nadine Hibbon, an artist involved in artistic mediation related to help and art therapy.
Read in the same collection
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 20 Big Questions for Understanding Sophrology (Combined), ed. Michaelon, 2022.
Complementary and alternative medicine. 20 Big Questions for Understanding Homeopathy (Combined), Ed. Michaelon, 2021.
Read from the same authors
– Complementary and alternative medicine, for or against? Perspectives on tomorrow’s medicine, Ed. Michelangelo, 2019.
– Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Combined), Ed. Fauve, 2021 Field Structure.