Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Visual Arts The Place of the Art Exhibition in Mental Health Recovery

Visual Arts: The Place of the Art Exhibition in Mental Health Recovery
Patricia FennerMargot J. Schofield

The painting will move the soul of the beholder when the people painted there each clearly shows the movement of his own soul... we weep with the weeping, laugh with the laughing, and grieve with the grieving. These movements of the soul are known from the movements of the body.

(Alberti, 1972, p. 80)


The annual art show is a regular feature on the events calendar of many mental health recovery services both in Australia and internationally. Staging these art shows consumes substantial human and material resources and provides a valued social interface between consumers, staff, family, friends, and the ...

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