Action Therapy With Families and Groups: Using Creative Arts Improvisation in Clinical Practice

Pages: 299
Item #: 4317012
ISBN: 978-1-59147-012-0
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Copyright: 2003
Format: Hardcover
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Action Therapy With Families and Groups introduces clinicians to innovative therapeutic options that can be used with families and groups: action methods or therapy approaches involving physical movement and expressive arts techniques. These methods provide clients and therapists new ways of both looking at problems and discovering solutions to these problems and are thus especially appropriate to skills training, role development and expansion, relationship enhancement, and short-term treatment with groups, couples, and families.

Contributors provide a brief overview of featured action methods and illustrate the application of their particular method to specific therapy cases, discussing the rationale behind their clinical choices and how they handled any special challenges or complications. Chapters illustrate family therapy that focuses on dealing with grief and loss, family reorganization, and the effects of trauma as well as group therapy approaches to the treatment of addictive and compulsive disorders, self-mutilation, substance abuse, autism, chronic mental illness, and career difficulties.

This book will appeal to students, educators, and mental health professionals looking for fresh approaches to working with their clients and ways to expand their therapeutic options.

Table of Contents



I. Action Methods in Family Therapy


  1. Dynamic Play With an Adoptive Family Struggling With Issues of Grief, Loss, and Adjustment
    —Steve Harvey
  2. Rescripting Family Dramas Using Psychodramatic Methods
    —Linda K. Oxford and Daniel J. Wiener
  3. Use of Ceremony in Multiple Family Therapy for Psychological Trauma
    —Hadar Lubin and David Read Johnson

II. Action Methods in Group Therapy


  1. Rehearsals for Growth Applied to Substance Abuse Groups
    —Charlotte A. Ramseur and Daniel J. Wiener
  2. Developmental Transformations in Group Therapy With Homeless People Who Are Mentally Ill
    —Kimberly C. Galway, Kate Hurd, and David Read Johnson
  3. Group Art Therapy With Self-Destructive Young Women
    —Barbara F. Cooper and Ilo B. Milton
  4. Using the Nordoff–Robbins Approach to Music Therapy With Adults Diagnosed With Autism
    — Alan Turry and David Marcus
  5. Narradrama: A Narrative Action Approach With Groups
    —Pamela Dunne



Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. He is licensed both as a psychologist and a marriage and family therapist and is a diplomate in marital and family psychology, an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor, a certified group psychotherapist, and a registered drama therapist. He has 34 years of experience in academic teaching, psychotherapy practice, postgraduate clinical training, and organizational consulting. Since founding Rehearsals for Growth in 1985, he has been applying theater improvisation techniques to relationship skills training and has presented his work nationally and internationally at over 100 professional conferences.

Linda K. Oxford, MAR, MSSW, is licensed as both a marriage and family therapist and a clinical social worker. She is an adjunct instructor in the Counseling Program at Harding University Graduate School of Religion, and clinical director of Agape Child and Family Services in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Oxford has more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, trainer, and consultant with special interests in action methods of couples and family therapy. She specializes in brief solution-focused therapy and professional and organizational training and regularly presents at regional and national professional conferences.