The Sesame Institute UK and International online Journal
As a Dramatherapist it was interesting to read of work by Music and Art and also Speech and Language Therapists with client groups with which I have some experience. This multi-disciplinary approach is very helpful in breaking down barriers and promoting cooperation... There is a wealth of material with tabulated Assessments and Outcomes for therapists in organisations wanting to see numerical and comparative scales. But also Assessment models developed within the therapeutic relationship rather than being pre-determined ones. There are well formulated questionnaires and summaries of outcomes, sometimes with parents' views too, and all the chapters have very clear sub-titles which make for easy reading... I would particularly recommend Caroline Miller's book to students and new graduates of the Arts Therapies who are seeking a comprehensive collection of Assessment models and descriptions of Arts Therapies Outcomes with a wide variety of client groups. As a Supervisor, Dramatherapist and Consultant I feel it is a valuable tool to recommend to supervisees and also people in organisations wanting clarity about different Arts Therapies approaches. For experienced practitioners this book can be of help in re-evaluating one's own practise and in gauging the need to change evaluation methods or ways of recording.
Mary Brownlow, AThR, Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Interactive Drawing Therapy Teacher Trainer
Assessment and Outcomes in the Arts Therapies is truly a landmark publication lending credence to Arts Therapies in clinical practice; not only does this book set the standard for effective assessment approaches currently employed by experienced practitioners, I imagine it will generate great interest and challenge Arts Therapists and other professionals to recognise our diversity, strength, and untapped potential for further contributions to research within our profession.
Madeline Andersen-Warren, Director of the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy, dramatherapist, author and researcher, Huddersfield, UK
This truly engaging and accessible volume will be of interest to Arts Therapists, Arts in Health practitioners and everyone interested in the healing properties of the arts. The contributors represent a wide range of arts therapies and arts based health interventions and demonstrate that providing evidence based practice is entirely compatible with a client centred philosophy. Their passion and commitment reach out from the page and draw us into an inspiring world of artistic enquiry based on their considerable levels of expertise and erudition in their chosen art form.
Joanna Jaaniste, Dramatherapist, Sydney, Australia
This book is clearly a treasure-trove for both practitioners and researchers in the arts therapies. Caroline Miller and her New Zealand colleagues have provided fresh assessment tools and grounded them in detailed case studies and narratives. Session descriptions are often touching - especially where they describe clients on the autism spectrum. The collection invites the reader's profound understanding of informed research design and practice with adults and children: essential reading for arts therapists.
Alice Fairbank, Art PsychotherapisstPlay Therapy
This book explores assessment processes and outcome measures in the arts therapies by offering comprehensive working examples of how to apply these in every day practice.... Chapters are fast moving and are neatly segmented with clear headings and colour illustrations. Each case study imaginatively describes a story exploring the impact of assessment and outcome measures on the client work. Arts therapies include art, drama, music and art... The aim of the book is to demonstrate working models in order to promote the use of assessment approaches in every day practice...Strategies are explored for assessing clients as to the suitability of an intervention... At the heart of this book and each case study within it, is the clients experience and understanding... This book is an engaging read and a stride forward in promoting the accessibility of the tools practitioners can utilise to effectively develop their practice in this area... This text is useful for newly qualified practitioners and experienced ones alike.
Anna Maratos, MTBritish Journal of Music Therapy
What I like about this book is that it contributes to the growing culture shift away from 'therapist knows best' to a more collaborative approach where therapist and patient work things out together... Throughout are worked examples of how a previously medically driven tool can be adapted in such a way as to influence positively the power balance in the therapist-client relationship... this is a timely overview of some of the more useful ways we can demonstrate change, worth a read by any music therapist.