Review: Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy

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The Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy, edited by Cathy Malchiodi and. published by The Guilford Press (2023), showcases expressive arts therapists who call for a recognition of their profession and its contributions to healthcare. The book’s contributors proclaim an urgent call for the arts therapies to become collaborative and integrative in order to provide an extended range of creative health services. Their assertions accentuate the significance of aesthetics as an interdisciplinary imperative, which offers multiple methods of therapeutic communication.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
Publication statusPublished online - 20 May 2023

Bibliographical note

Pamela Whitaker is the course director for the MSc Art Psychotherapy course at Ulster University, Belfast School of Art. She has written editorials, chapters and articles on the topics of environmental art therapy, visual and material culture, festival art therapy, the walking studio, and art therapy pedagogy. She is the founder of Groundswell ( a social enterprise that supports open studios within university, community, and cultural contexts, with a specific emphasis on biodiversity gardens, urban streetscapes, and outdoor gatherings of celebration.


  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Art Therapy


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