The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy provides a comprehensive and accessible text for art therapy trainees. Susan Hogan and Annette M. Coulter here use their combined clinical experience to present theories, philosophies and methods of working clearly and effectively.

The authors cover multiple aspects of art therapy in this overview of practice, from working with children, couples, families and offenders to the role of supervision and the effective use of space. The book addresses work with diverse groups and includes a glossary of key terms, ensuring that complex terminology and theories are clear and easy to follow. Professional and ethical issues are explored from an international perspective and careful attention is paid to the explanation and definition of key terms and concepts. Accessibly written and free from jargon, Hogan and Coulter provide a detailed overview of the benefits and possibilities of art therapy.

This book will be an indispensable introductory guide for prospective students, art therapy trainees, teachers, would-be teachers and therapy practitioners. The text will also be of interest to counsellors and other allied health professionals who are interested in the use of visual methods.



chapter |8 pages


The scope of the book

chapter |17 pages

What is art therapy?

The art therapy environment: managing and using the space

chapter |20 pages

An introduction to art therapy

Further reflections on teaching directive art therapy at an introductory level

chapter |16 pages

An overview of models of art therapy

The art therapy continuum — a useful tool for envisaging the diversity of practice in British art therapy

chapter |17 pages

The role of the image in art therapy and intercultural reflections

Working as an art therapist with diverse groups

chapter |18 pages

Starting supervision — vulnerability in supervision

Aspects of hopelessness, inadequacy and anxiety in the initial stages of a supervisory relationship