What does the volcano have to say? Integrative arts psychotherapy in a therapeutic community setting

Journal article citation:
Therapeutic Communities: the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 30(4), Winter 2009, pp.424-437.

Within the Winterbourne Therapeutic Community, a non-residential community in Berkshire, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IAP) is offered as a weekly group session. In this paper the author examines the experience of adapting the IAP model, providing opportunities to communicate emotional experience using both verbal and non-verbal metaphor via a range of art forms, to a therapeutic community setting. The article looks at how the IAP model and therapeutic community philosophy complement and sometimes compromise each other, the challenges of developing an arts culture within the therapeutic community, and how members use the arts to support their progress in therapy, both as observers or consumers of art and as artists making images as part of their therapeutic process. The article includes both anecdotal evidence from colleagues and members of the community and images.

Subject terms:
mental health problems, psychotherapy, service users, therapeutic communities, art therapy;
Content type:
practice example
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ISSN print:
0964 1866

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