AHS Book Database 2009
Integrating the Arts in Therapy
History, Theory, and Practice
In 1981, the author first published the groundbreaking, classic text, The Arts and Psychotherapy. He now returns to a revisioning of that work in these times. This new text is a reshaping and a fresh look at the work to which the author has devoted his professional, and much of his personal, life: the healing power of the arts. This new work masterfully integrates theory with practice, drawing upon concrete examples and case studies. The youthful passion for the work remains and the commitment to honoring the creative process is unwavering. The book clarifies, contextualizes, and grounds the field in its full history. The author clearly shows unerring capacity to honor the traditions of various art forms while simultaneously being open to untraditional methods of encouraging readers to tap into the healing forces of self-expression. The book is a comprehensive literary documentation of the author's theoretical orientation that is the foundation of four decades of experimentation and practice. The text presents not only a thorough discussion of theory, but also an account of the emergence of a multidisciplinary approach to working with people everywhere. Further, it offers glimpses into clinical work with children, adolescents, and adults that serve to anchor the author's ideas in authentic case vignettes that are an invaluable contribution to the body of knowledge. The book clearly achieves its goal to assure present and future expressive arts therapists that they are not alone in the challenges they face in offering people access to the medicines of the arts and that the most vexing problems in helping others express themselves are inextricably connected to how the arts heal.
2009: Shaun McNiff
Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Money & Soul
A New Balance Between Finance and Feelings
Many people feel that money and what we perceive as the psyche, or soul, are bitter enemies - do we choose money or soul, finance or feelings, markets or common humanity? This book traces the origins of these opposing concepts, and the feelings that money provokes. Economic ideas often stand out as being universal, globally valid and without cultural ties. But money is narrative and image just as much as it is a means of exchange and of preserving wealth. By viewing money as culture and philosophy, it becomes evident that the money of today is a system of symbols, something that society itself has devised over many centuries.
Having considered the nature of money and psyche, Per Espen Stoknes asks how our culture makes us feel and think about them; and proposes how the framework around money can be expanded. This develops the idea of extended accounting to include natural and social capital in addition to the manufactured capital we are used to entering in the accounts - currently to the exclusion of all else.
Money and Soul opens up new methods of looking at, thinking about and using money. It points to a future where our ideas about money will be greatly epxanded, and there will be different kinds of money, with different social purposes, in circulation.
2009: Per Espen Stoknes
Green Books Ltd