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Acknowledgements. Foreword by Shaun McNiff, Professor, Lesley University, USA. Foreword by William Fan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Shue Yan University, Hong Kong. 1. Introduction to Art Therapy in Asia. Debra Kalmanowitz, Registered Art Therapist, UK, Jordan S. Potash, University of Hong Kong, and Siu Mei Chan, Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong. 2. Critical Themes of Art Therapy in Asia. Debra Kalmanowitz, Jordan S. Potash and Siu Mei Chan. Part 1: Views on Health. 3. Yi Shu: An Integration of Chinese Medicine and the Creative Arts. Gong Shu, Adjunct Professor and director, International Yi Shu, Expressive Arts Therapy Healing Research Center, Soochow University, China. 4. Inkdance: Body, Mind and Chinese Medicine as Sources for Art Therapy. Jane Ferris Richardson, Assistant Professor of art therapy, Lesley University, USA, Andrea Gollub, art therapist, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, USA, and Wang Chunhong, director of God Gifted Garden Art Rehabilition Center, China. 5. Towards an Integrated Medicine: Clinical Art Therapy in Korea. Sun Hyun Kim, Assistant Professor in clinical art therapy, CHA University, Korea. Part 2: Influence of Collectivism. 6. Collective Versus Individualist Societies and the Impact of Asian Values on Art Therapy in Singapore. Caroline Essame, director of CREATE, Singapore. 7. Understanding of Korean Culture and the Value of the Art Therapeutic Approach. Lee Min-Jung, art therapist, Seocho Institute for Child Development, Korea. 8. The Life Garden Project Art Therapy Intervention for Depressed Elderly in Hong Kong: A Communal Support Approach. Julia Byrne, founding president of the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists, Hong Kong. Part 3: Integration of Spirituality. 9. New Consciousness on Art Therapy in Thailand Based on Spiritual Remedy. Anupan Pluckpankhajee, director of the Therapeutikum, Thailand. 10. Art Therapy Inspired by Buddhism. Yen Chua, IT officer and committee member, Art Therapists' Association, Singapore. 11. Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy and Experiential Collage Work: History and Development in Japan. Laury Rappaport, Associate Professor, Notre Dame de Namur University, USA, Akira Ikemi, Professor, Kansai University, Japan, and Maki Miyake, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist , Japan. Part 4: Role of Art Traditions. 12. Landscape of the Mind. Evelyna Liang Kan, chairperson, "Art for All" and honorary chairperson, "Art in Hospital", Hong Kong. 13. The Arts: A Unique Mantra for Healing. Shanta Serbjeet Singh, senior arts columnist and critic, chairperson of The Sangeet Natak Akadem, India. 14. Reflecting on Materials and Process in Sichuan, China. Jordan S. Potash and Debra Kalmanowitz. 15. The Integration of Arts Therapy and Traditional Cambodian Arts and Rituals in Recovery from Political-Societal Trauma. Carrie Herbert, arts psychotherapist, co-director and founder of The Ragamuffin Project, UK and Cambodia. Part 5: Models of Art Therapy. 16. Group Art Therapy in Japan: A Framework for Providing Cross-Cultural Art Activities with Psychiatric Adult Patients. Shinya Sezaki, Psychiatric Unit, Akimoto Hospital, Japan. 17. Affective Color Symbolism and Markers Cosplay: Standardized Procedure for Clinical Assessment. Liona Lu, Professor, Taipei Municipal University of Education and founder of Taiwan Art Therapy Association, Taiwan. 18. Integrating Person-Centred Expressive Arts with Chinese Metaphors. Fiona Chang, honorary lecturer, University of Hong Kong and vice-chairperson, "Art in Hospital", Hong Kong. Part 6: Looking at Contemporary Asia. 19. Art Therapy and Disaster Relief in the Philippines. Gina A. Alfonso, Stress Centre, Inc., The Cartwheel Foundation Inc., and The Learning Child School, Inc., USA, and Julia Gentleman Byers, art therapy coordinator and co-coordinator of the Certificate in Play Therapy, Expressive Therapy Division, Lesley University, USA. 20. Surviving Shame: Engaging Art Therapy with Trafficked Survivors in South East Asia. Lydia Atira Tan, director and founder of The Art2Healing Project, Australia. 21. The Search for Identity in Thailand: A Personal Account of Professional Art Therapy Development. Piyachat Ruengvisesh Finney, director of SAISLIP: The Centre for Creative Growth and Professional Training, Thailand. 22. Implications of Art Therapy in Asia. Debra Kalmanowitz, Jordan S. Potash and Siu Mei Chan. Contributors.

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How art therapists in Asia are assimilating Western models and adapting them to create unique home-grown practices

About the Author

Dr Carrie Herbert is founder and Chief Executive of the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, a qualified teacher and Educational Consultant. Shaun McNiff PhD, ATR is the Provost and Dean of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. An internationally-renowned figure in the creative arts therapies, he has written many critically-acclaimed books including Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination,Educating the Creative Arts Therapist and Depth Psychology of Art. Dr McNiff has been honoured on many occasions for his pioneering contributions to the creative arts therapy field, and he is the 1997 recipient of the America Art Therapy Association's Honorary Life Member Award.


This is a clearly presented and detailed text, offering a wealth of knowledge and many case studies from leading art therapists and community artists in Asia. This book has helped to expand the understanding of art therapy as a whole and has demonstrated the growth in the profession. For those members who are interested in art therapy and meeting the needs of different cultures then this book is likely to be an interesting and helpful read. -- Play for Life
a wide-ranging and magnificent addition to the literature for any practitioner working with patients from Asian cultures... each reader will take something different from this excellent and engaging book. -- Therapy Today
Art Therapy in Asia makes a world statement about the art therapy process...[It] embraces the complexity of cultures, human differences, and universal aspects of experience...One of the greatest compliments I can give [this book] is that it presents more questions and possibilities than answers and thus expands and sets the stage for future dialogue, research, creation and professional development within a global context. -- From the foreword by Shaun McNiff, PhD, professor at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
This book not only enriches and promotes the growth and healing potential of art therapy in the Eastern world, it also offers invaluable insights from the very sources of many Asian theories, philosophies and practices already fully or partially adopted by Western professionals. Art Therapy in Asia may become Asia's most valuable healing export to the world. I hope it is translated into all languages for doctors, teachers, and therapists of all disciplines. -- Bobbi Stoll, founder of the International Networking Group of Art Therapists (ING/AT) and Past President of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), currently chair of the International Member Subcommittee of the AATA, Los Angeles, USA
Although I've visited and taught art therapy in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, and Thailand, this book opened my eyes and expanded my mind in breathtaking ways. I hope that all Western art therapists will read and learn from this thoughtful, stimulating contribution to the global growth of art therapy. -- Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, President of Expressive Media, Inc. and Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, USA
The lovely metaphor and question is the essence of the book. Is art therapy in Asia steeped to the bone in the cultures of the East, or do we know it is Asian by the merest touch of silk? The book shows both of these to be part of the answer. Kalmanowitz, Potash and Chan have gathered chapters from art therapists working in ten regions across Asia and the results are inspiring. They show the potential for adapting art therapy for different places and people in the world. They give touching insight into different Asian practice, and they show how things shared are helpful for practice everywhere. -- Chris Wood, author of Navigating Art Therapy: A Therapist's Companion and Director of Art Therapy Northern Programme, Sheffield, UK
This book is an important departure from previously published literature on art therapy: it sensitively and constructively challenges euro-centric assumptions about health, identity and spirituality and it also offers some very good practical advice on the practice of art therapy in Asia. It therefore provides a great contemporary overview of this topic and describes an inspiring way to think about ethnicity, culture and healing that many art therapists will find helpful. Its relevance goes much further than Asia and it should be widely read worldwide. -- Val Huet, Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Art Therapists

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