A group of Whitecliffe graduates and others have written Assessment and Outcomes in the Arts Therapies A Person-centred Approach, a book published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia. The book will be released at the end of September with a book launch Tuesday 15th October, 6pm at the Women’s Bookshop on Ponsonby Road. Whitecliffe graduates, students and faculty are invited to attend.
The book is edited by Caroline Miller, former Co-Director of the MAAT programme, and is a group production by Marion Gordon-Flower, Mariana Torkington, Abi Raymond and Robin Barnaby, all MAAT graduates, as the core group; with Margaret-Mary Mulqueen, and additional chapters from music therapy colleagues Alison Talmage, Suzanne Purdy, Claire Molyneux, Sylvia Leao, and Laura Fogg-Rogers.
The book contains a series of case studies with assessments chosen or designed around individual clients then used as outcome measures in a person-centred way. The approach is very accessible for arts therapists, counsellors or psychotherapists to adapt and to incorporate into their work with their own clients. The approaches demonstrate collaborative work with a range of different clients.
The book is endorsed by international arts therapists. Madeline Andersen-Warren, Director of the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy, dramatherapist, author and researcher, Huddersfield, UK writes:
“The contributors 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.”