Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is a comprehensive compilation of expert knowledge on arts therapies’ potential in successfully addressing depression. The book identifies ways of addressing the condition in therapy sessions, shares experience of tools and approaches which seem to work best and guides towards a conscious and confident evidence-based practice.

Including contributions from international experts in the field of arts therapies, the book presents some of the most recent, high-profile and methodologically diverse research, whether in the form of clinical trials, surveys or case studies. The three sections of this volume correspond to particular life stages and explore major topics in arts therapies practice and the nature of depression in children, adults and in later life. Individual chapters within the three sections represent all four arts therapies disciplines. The book hopes to improve existing arts therapies practice and research, by encouraging researchers to use creativity in designing meaningful research projects and empowering practitioners to use evidence creatively for the benefit of their clients and the discipline.

Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is an essential resource for arts therapies researchers, practitioners and arts therapists in training. It should also be of interest to other health researchers and health professionals, particularly those who work with clients experiencing depression and in multidisciplinary teams.

chapter |10 pages


Arts therapies’ response to the global crisis of depression: current research and future developments

part I|74 pages

Arts therapies with children and adolescents experiencing depression

part II|104 pages

Arts therapies with adults experiencing depression

chapter 7|16 pages

Embodied treatment of depression

The development of a dance movement therapy model

chapter 8|18 pages

Reversing a sub-cultural norm

Art therapy in treating depression in prison inmates

chapter 9|18 pages

Music therapy clinical practice and research for people with depression

Music, brain processing and music therapy

chapter 10|17 pages

Phototherapy in the treatment of patients with depression in a clinical setting

Development and evaluation through a randomised controlled trial

part III|66 pages

Arts therapies with those experiencing depression in later life

chapter 11|13 pages

Art therapy with the older person

One life, many losses

chapter 12|13 pages

Dramatherapy in working with people with dementia

The need for playfulness in creative ageing as an antidote for depression and isolation