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The development and practice of art therapy with military veterans

WithJanice Lobban

A brief history of art therapy in Britain is presented from its roots in the regeneration that followed the Second World War. Particular attention is paid to the use of art as part of recovery in military hospitals, and connections are made with the evolution of art therapy at veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress. The focus is then turned towards art therapists within the field of trauma, and the benefits and challenges of working in this context are explored. The possible effects of war stories, the concept of vicarious traumatisation and the likelihood of encountering prejudice towards the military are all examined as part of the complexities of working with this client group.