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"Shaun McNiff remains first and foremost an ally of the soul. Here he offers us a stunning array of entry points into the creative process. We learn how to transform the most mundane aspects of life through artistic encounters and to engage with our most painful challenges creatively."—Pat B. Allen, Ph.D., ATR, instructor at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Art Is a Way of Knowing

"Art Heals restores the therapeutic imagination to its central place in human life. The creative energy of this book will be recognized by all those who have been touched by the healing power of the arts. It is a masterly work by a master in the field of creative and expressive arts therapies."—Stephen K. Levine, Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Education, Consulting, at The European Graduate School

"Shaun McNiff challenges us through these remarkable essays not only to take on the role of artist and dare to create our most compelling images, but also to dialogue with them and by doing so, to engage in a process of healing the inevitable wounds of being human. In a moment in history when the images most available to us are the most horrifying and numbing, McNiff offers a stunning antidote."—Robert Landy, Ph.D., RDT/BCT, Professor of Educational Theatre and Drama Therapy, New York University

"Reading Art Heals is like attending a retrospective exhibition of a master artist, with its careful selection, critique, and contemplation of McNiff's original ideas and guiding images. In refining and reimagining these ideas in the context of today, McNiff brings a fresh vision to his work and offers a valuable answer to the increasingly incoherent fragmentation of mental health care."—Lynn Kapitan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Associate Professor of Graduate Art Therapy of Mount Mary College and author of Re-enchanting Art Therapy

About the Author

Shaun McNiff is internationally recognized as a founder and leading figure in the arts and healing field. University Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is past president of the American Art Therapy Association and the author of several other books including Art As Medicine, Trust the Process, and Creating with Others .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (November 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590301668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301661
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's the skinny on this book: if you believe that art has the power to heal, you need to read this book. If you use art as a tool with any population for personal expression, healing or self-growth, you need to read this book. The bottom line is that art does heal. Creativity does move us forward on our personal journeys towards wholeness, and this book offers powerful recognition of these indisputable facts! --- by Anne Marie Bennett, SoulCollage Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. I also recommend SoulCollage: An Intuitive Collage Process for Individuals and Groups
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As a psycho-oncologist and art therapist I recommend this book. Like the author said " the healing through art is about living in tune with the creative spirit". The most important clue is the process. An indispensable reading for those who work with art and healing process.
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Excellent book when you work with an art group, especially when you focus on the emotional healing,allowing us to dare to create our most compelling images, and also to dialogue with them.
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This is an extremely well written book on a fascinating topic. Mc Niff writes poetically and succinctly at the same time. A must have for anyone who is seriously interested in the relationship between healing and creativity!
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I am a firm believer that art heals and teach wherever I go, but I felt healing for myself as I went through the pages of this book. Highly sensitive and informative.
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I enjoyed reading this book. I completely agree with Shaun about the healing power of art.

I really like the chapter - "Art Healing is For Everyone". Shaun gives examples of ways art can be brought in workplaces.

And best of all, art is for everyone not just for "creative" people. Anyone can develop an interest but the one thing which is needed is support and help from a friend in that journey. When you actually start out as an artist there are a lot of misgivings and doubts and some hand-holding is a must otherwise you would give up. The key is to find what you really enjoy - art can be blogging on the internet, photographing insects on the lake or editing videos or painting watercolors of nature.

However the book is a bit dry and in real life you need to complement it with a more practical guide - "how to paint watercolors" or "how to photograph" etc.

If you are still in doubt about the healing power of art check out this real life story in which art truly helps to save a life: http://www.zindadil.com/archives/4149
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Shaun McNiff is an Art Therapist who works in the open art studio format. He writes of a "shamanistic" approach to therapy, in which the mind, body, and soul are treated through creative and expressive therapies. This idea is ancient in that most pre-civilization communities there have historically been shaman's, healers, medicine men/women, and other holistic practitioners. The integration of this term into his treatment philosophy and his anecdotal experiences provide ample exploration of the theme of healing. As an art therapist myself, I can recommend this book to anyone interested in, working within, or collaborating with art therapy as a profession.
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