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Art Therapy and Spiritual Care

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posted on 26.04.2018 by Libby Byrne, Libby Levey
Libby Byrne & Libby Levey (2018). Art Therapy and Spiritual Care. In: Carey, L.B. & Mathisen, B.A. Spiritual Care for Allied Health Practice: A Person-Centered Approach (Chapter 7: pp: 137-161). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers [ISBN 9781785922206]. DOI10.4225/22/5ae17f7aed798

Summary: This chapter considers the evidence base for the efficacy of art therapy and addressing psychological and spiritual health before going on to explore how an art making practice can support spiritual health and wellbeing. Consideration is given to how art can offer an experience of being known to oneself, and of being known in relation to what philosophers since Georg Hegel (1770–1831) have described as “the Other.” This leads on to an exploration of how the various nuances of an aesthetic experience can support and extend the possibilities for spiritual care.

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