Multicultural and Family Art Therapy featuring Chapters by Michelle Winkel and Lucille Proulx and Edited by Kristine Kerr
The following review appeared in the August 2015 issue of CHOICE:
Demonstrating an aesthetic application of therapeutic mediation aimed at meeting patient needs within the context of diverse cultural and ethnic settings, this geographically organized book serves as a guide to cultural reflection, revelation, response, and relationship skills that will help therapists gain insight and perspective to intervene and assist clients in identifying areas of resilience, resourcefulness, and adaptation. Kerr (clinical art therapy, Long Island Univ., Post) and her fellow contributors demonstrate how, through the unexpressed word, clients use art to organize processes and communicate perception, significance, and depth of issues that impact them. Combining case studies, research, and a blend of theory and education, the volume defines and validates family art therapy as both method and tool in discovery, healing, expression, and bonding. Particularly valuable for its global perspective, this interesting book illustrates how understanding generates meaning, creating an essential base to building resilience. Nonverbal artistic expression provides a framework for therapists to empower clients with varied and unique cultural and social needs. This guidebook illuminates the need to address individuals within the context of family and society to facilitate healing in a dynamic and complex world.
–S. W. Gustafson, Elmira College
Multicultural family art therapy, ed. by Christine Kerr. Routledge, 2015. 258p bibl index ISBN 9780415827317, $155.00; ISBN 9780415827324 pbk, $49.95; ISBN 9780203366943 ebook, contact publisher for price.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.