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This guidebook provides therapists with a foundational understanding of self and how the self may influence your client’s response to art therapy.
As a therapist, you can help your client explore the primary influences behind their identity and how to deal with a crisis in identity.
Understanding how an individual experiences events can help broaden your understanding of your client’s perspective. To gain this understanding it is useful to explore how your client perceives “self” in situations of conflict.
You can help your client gain perspective on the development of past self and current self, as well as initiate goals for influencing the construct of a positive future self.
This guidebook explores the impact of interpersonal relationships, including the influence of parenting styles of the development of self-esteem.
Using this guidebook, you will be able to work with your client to combat negative self-beliefs and self-criticism.
After learning the process of discovering the self with your client, you can use this guidebook to help your client construct a positive outlook for the future self by exploring self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-worth and self-esteem.
A significant portion of the guidebook is dedicated to self-esteem with an analysis of the types of self-esteem that exist, along with how life experiences influence levels of self-esteem.
Having a solid understanding of the development of self and self-esteem is essential when dealing with clients who are experiencing:
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder
- Difficulty with family relationships
Included in the guidebook is a Self-Esteem Scale based on the Rosenberg self-esteem scale. The scale will provide an indication of the types of statements you may want to explore with your client in discussion with art therapy activities.
This guidebook will help you explore short term and long term goals with your client with a view to developing a healthy level of self-esteem.
You will find a list of 20 art therapy exercises that you can use with your client to explore the many facets of self and self-esteem.
Also included in the guidebook is a list of 50 general art therapy interventions across 9 themes relating to the self.
This guidebook is direct and easy to understand. The materials presented in the guidebook are written based on current scientific literature available.
Included in the guidebook is a comprehensive reference list of publications that were used to form the content of this workbook.
The contents of this guidebook include:
Important information for the Art Therapist
- Workbook Purpose
- Scope of Therapy
- Privacy and Confidentiality
Introduction to Self
- Early development of the self
- Personality theory
- Past, present, future self
- Core Self
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Autobiographical Self
- Self beliefs
- Self criticism
- What is self-esteem
- Experiences that influence self-esteem
- Gender differences and self-esteem
- Benefits of high self-esteem
- Maintaining self-esteem
- Self-esteem and lifespan
- Main phases of therapy
- How to assess self-worth
- How to assess self-esteem
- Types Of Treatment
- Treatment Goals
Art Therapy Exercises
- 20 Art Therapy Exercises
General Art Therapy Interventions
(9 themes and 50 interventions)
- How art therapy can help with identity
- How art therapy can help with core self
- How art therapy can help with interpersonal relationships
- How art therapy can help with autobiographical self
- How art therapy can help with self-belief
- How art therapy can help with self-criticism
- How art therapy can help with self-awareness
- How art therapy can help with self-acceptance
- How art therapy can help with self-worth
Reference Materials List
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