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Bibliographic Databases for the Arts Therapies

References to articles, books or book chapters on specific arts therapies topics can be found in a variety of databases. The following are available here for staff and students at the University.

This database produced by the American Psychological Association has references to journal articles, books and book chapters in a wide range of psychology related subject areas as well as in the arts therapies. The database is available via the BIDS services, and you will need to type in your personal ATHENS Account username and password in order to use the service. Details about how to set up your own personal user account with ATHENS, are given on Self Help Guide U3 which is available for registered UH staff and students from the LRC Help Desk.

AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine .
AMED is compiled and maintained by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library and includes articles from over 500 journals, supplemented by a monthly search for additional relevant material from the Medline database. Subjects covered include arts therapies, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, palliative care, hospice care, chiropractic, hypnosis, reflexology, shiatsu, Chinese medicine, holistic treatments and osteopathy. There are abstracts of the journal articles and it uses a thesaurus based on the Medline MESH thesaurus. The coverage is from 1985. The British Library List of Journals Indexed for AMED




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Founded in 1959 under the Honorary Chairmanship of Professor Jean Delay C.M.M.E. – Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne – 100 rue de la Santé – 75674 Paris Cedex 14 – FRANCE


“Art et Thérapie”, 2 Levée des Grouëts, 41000 Blois (France).

“Art Psychotherapy Review”, Art Therapy Italiana, Via Bille Arti 42, 40125 Bologna (Italie).

“Artension”, Editions Lecerf, 18-28 rue des Bons Enfants, 76000 Rouen (France).

· “Arte-Terapia : Reflexoes”, Instituto Sedes Sapientiae, Rua Ministro de Godoi, 1.484, Perdizes, Sao Paulo (Brésil).

· “British Journal for Music Therapy,” 69 Avondale Avenue, East Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 8NB (Grande Bretagne).

· “Bulletin du CREHAM”, Créativité et Handicap mental, Parc d’Avroy, 4000 Liège (Belgique).

· “Danse Théâtre Journal”, 14 Laurie Grouve, London SE14 6NW (Grande Bretagne).

· “Danse thérapie”, ADEP, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Disability Arts Magazine”, 10 Woad Lane, Great Coates, Grimsky, DN37 9NUH (Grande Bretagne).

· “Dramatherapy Bulletin”, 6 Nelson Avenue, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 5RY (Grande Bretagne).

· “Expression et Signe” in Revue Française de Psychiatrie et Psychologie Médicale, Médias-Psy, 8 rue Tronchet, 75008 Paris (France).

· “Ex’Prim”, Bulletin de l’Association pour le Developpement de l’Expression Primitive, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Forum Für Kunsttherapie”, Fachverbandes für Gestaltente Psychotherapie und Kinsttherapie GPK, Postfach, 3000 Bern (Suisse).

· “Inscape”, Journal of the British Association of Art Therapist, 11a Richmond Road, Brighton, Sussex. BN2 3RL (Grande Bretagne).

· “International Journal of Art Therapy”, NHA Communication, 3 rue de la Boëtie, 75008 Paris (France).

· “Jocker – Documents”, Le Bataclown. Domaine de La Robin, 32220 Lombez (France).

· “Journal of Art Therapy”, The Finnish Art Therapy Association, Lohitie 19A2, Espoo, 02170 (Finlande).

· “Journal of Dramatherapy”, Box 98, Kirby Moorside, York Y06 6EX (Grande Bretagne).

· “La Lettre de la SFPE” in Revue Française de Psychiatrie et Psychologie Médicale, 6 rue Sévero, 75014 Paris (France).

· “La Recherche en Danse”, ADEP, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “La Revue de Musicothérapie”, J.L. Mutschler-E. Guedet, Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé Sud, 85026 La Roche sur Yon Cedex (France).

· “Les Cahiers de l’Art Cru”, 34 rue Chantecrit, 33300 Bordeaux (France).

· “Marionnette et thérapie”, 28 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris (France).

· “Marionnettes”, Union Internationale de la Marionnette, 5 cité Voltaire, 75011 Paris (France).

· “Médecine des Arts”, 715 chemin du Quart, 82000 Montauban (France).

· “Mitteilungsblatt”, Journal of the International Association for Art, Creativity and Therapy (IAACT), Basel (Suisse).

· “Mû”, Association Nationale des Théâtres et Arts Associés, c/o Evelyne Lecucq, 18 rue Gergoire, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Musique, Thérapie, Communication Revue de Musicothérapie”, Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bordeaux, A.M. Bx, 45 rue du Général de Gaulle, 33290 Parempuyre (France).

· “Outsider Bulletin Witte Wolken”, Atelier Herenplaats, 56 Schiedamse Vest, 3011 BD Rotterdam (Pays Bas).

· “Psichologija Tau”, The Human Study Centre, Silo 12-2, Vilnius, Lithuania 2055 (Lithuanie).

· “Quaderni di Arte Terapia”, Art Therapy Italiana, Via Belle Arti, 40125 Bologna (Italie).

· “Revue de Musicothérapie”, Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bordeaux (A.M.Bx), 45 rue du Général de Gaulle, 33290 Parempuyre.

· “Spectrum”, c/03 Beverley Close, East Ewell, Epsom, Surrey (Grande Bretagne).

· “Tijdschrift voor Kreatieve Therapie”, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kretieve Therapie (NVKT), Fivelingo 253, Untrecht BN 3524 (Pays Bas).


· “American Journal of Art Therapy” (AJAT), Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpellier, V.T. 05602 (USA).

· “Art Therapy”, The American Art Therapy Association, 1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, I.L. 60060 (USA).

· “Communiqué”, Association des Art-Thérapeutes du Québec Inc. 5764 Avenue Monkland, bureau 301. Montréal Québec H4A 1E9 (Canada).

· “Creativity in Action”, Creative Education Foundation, 1050 Union Road, Buffalo N.Y. 14224 (USA).

· “Imagens da Transformacao”, Clinica Pomar, Rua Eng. Adel 62, casa 2, Tijuca Rio de Janeiro CEP 20260-210 (Brésil).

· “International Journal of Arts Medicine”, MMB Music, Inc., Contemporary Arts Building, 3526 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101-1019 (USA).

· “Journal of Multicultural and Crosscultural Research in Art Education”, Dept of Art Education, School of Architecture and Allied Arts-University of Oregon, Eugène, O.R. 97403 (USA).

· “Journal of Music Therapy”, 1133 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suit 1000, Washington DC 2005 (USA).

· “Journal of Musicological Research”, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, N.Y. 14604 (USA).

· “Newsletter – International Networking Group of Art Therapists”, P.O. Box 2844, Conroe. T.X. 77305-2844 (USA).

· “Pratt Institute Creative Art Therapy Review”, Pratt Institute, Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn N.Y. 11205 (USA).

· “Studies in Art Education”, National Art Education Association, 1916 Association Drive, Reston, V.A. 22091 (USA).

· “The Arts in Psychotherapy”,Pergamon’ Press Inc., 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5153 (USA).

· “The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal”, 216 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R2 (Canada).

· “The Journal of Creative Behavior”, Creative Education Foundation, 1050 Union Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14224 (USA).


· “Japanese Bulletin of Arts Therapy”, Journal of the Société Japonaise de Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, 91 Benten-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162 (Japon).

· “Therapy Through the Arts”, Israeli Creative Expressive Therapies Association, 32 Hatayassim St., Jerusalem 92509 (Israël).



Georg Keller
© COPYRIGHT by Georg Keller and by the German publishing house Verlag Modernes Lernen, Dortmund.

Keller, Georg. Winter 2001. ‘Body Centered Art Activity – Development of Lexithymic Body Awareness in Occupational Therapy and Professional Training,’ The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, ISSN 0832-2473 (CATAJ), Volume 14 Number 2 pp.29-43.

At first this article is pointing out a close connection between body awareness and emotional experience, especially illustrated by body-imageries. Then the term ‘Alexithymy’ and the relationships between medical treatment, body, body scheme, body image, self image and psychotherapy are explained. Afterwards there is a representation of different artistic activities, which can help both students in education and alexithymic patients in therapy to perceive the own body and own emotions clearer and to encounter their fellow men more openly and empathically. Occupational therapy can become a bridge between usual medical treatment and psychotherapy.

Keywords: occupational therapy, art therapy, education, alexithymy, body image, sensory awareness


The author is a German occupational therapy teacher. German occupational therapists often apply artistic means in their work in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Some of them receive additional training in art therapy. This article describes body centered art activity as an incentive measure for starting a process of growing self-awareness in short-term therapy with hospitalised patients or in education. Georg Keller, Daniela Keller and Veronika Hofmann M.A./Vermont Coll. did the translation of this article.

1. The outside physiognomy versus the subjective body perception

Even though a person’s outside appearance is usually rather stable, the internal body perception can be completely different and does vary depending on momentary conditions.

Frequently overweight patients draw themselves extremely small, opposite to their visible constitution. Inquired about their drawings in a trusting atmosphere, some of them will tell you they experience themselves small and lost in relation to the large, distant world. Their artwork is expressing their subjective anatomy’ [2] . Thure von Uexküll introduced this term in the context of his work on Psychotherapy of Psychosomatic diseases. Continued…..


A workshop with Sonora Beam
called: The Soul Speaks in Image:Crafting the Visual Journal

unfolding: pages from HOME WORK journal

The Visual Journal is a compelling medium that weaves together written word, symbolic imagery and personal vision. The book form is intimate, private and offers a container for all manner of feeling, thoughts and observations — providing a tactile bridge to carry us between our inner and outer experience.
Each session includes demonstration of techniques, along with optional writing and image-making prompts to stimulate your imagination. The group size is kept small to offer individual attention and to tailor the process to the needs of the group. A wide variety of materials and techniques will be offered for you to play and experiment with as you bring to life your moment-to-moment inspiration.

Tips and techniques offered include:
customizing blank books
collecting compelling source material
keeping travel, nature

“The creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollows, the arroyos, the channels that exist in us.
We become its tributaries, its basins; we are its pools, ponds, streams, and sanctuaries.
The wild creative force flows into whatever beds we have, those we are born with as well as those we dig with our own hands. We don’t have to fill them, we only have to build them.”
~Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. See more of Sonora Beam’s website here…


British Arts in Health for Art Therapists

British Association for Art Therapists welcomes the establishment of the NNAH, is sympathetic to its aims, and looks forward to increasing involvement, contributions and collaborations from art therapists to this field. There are innate connections between art and healing, but it is important to understand that offering treatment through visual arts is a very specialised, long and legally established discipline. This is a potential resource to arts in Health projects. Relevant psychological expertise can be helpfully accessed by less specifically targeted arts projects to ensure that they are safe, effective, and psychologically appropriate for their contexts. Art therapists are in a good position to offer this level of support to arts in health projects. Local contacts can be established through BAAT. There are already some good local collaborations happening!

The Arts in Health Movement will, we hope, result in more artists and arts based groups engaging with an ever-wider range of health care settings and needs. The arts are life enhancing and nowhere do we need them more than when in the presence of pain, sickness, loss and confusion. The benefits of the arts to participants and consumers are increasingly appreciated. The arts are changing hospital environments from places of sickness to places of healing, promoting health through participatory arts, and are benefiting health directly as specific modes of treatment. Across this range there seems to be a general agreement of principle on the significance of the arts to the well being of the human animal. Continued…


National Network of Arts in Health

Featured Articles- Conferences and Seminars

Arts and Health Forum

The Royal Free and University College Medical School Centre for Medical Humanities presents this annual lecture series. The 2002 – 2003 five part lecture series asks what is the human impact of the genetics revolution? read more

Common Threads
The Common Threads symposium will present the latest information and experience from the UK, Europe and US in the use of cross sector partnerships as an effective means to strengthen local communities and promote civic engagement. read more

ArtSci2002 New Dimensions in Collaboration, 2 – 8 December 2002
ArtSci2002 will be an open forum for people from many disciplines: artists, scientists, technologists, humanists, educators, philosophers, theorists and anyone interested in the creative possibilities when
barriers are removed… read more

Setting the Streets Alive
A professional development day for new promoters of street arts who have little or no experience of managing street arts events as part of their annual arts programme. A specially tailored programme to inform good practice and to ensure promoters, audience, artists, read more

Dance Voice
Courses offered by Dance Movement Therapy Centre. Courses delivered by registered Dance Movement therapists. All courses give excellent underpinning knowledge to those consideraing a post-graduate qualification in Dance Movement Therapy. read more

Foundation with Creative Computing Course 2002/3
Art and Design for students who what to explore media, develop art skills and apply to college in order to embark upon a career in Art and Design. read more

New Training Course – Arts in Mental Health

Drumming, singing, visual art and drama groups, led by professsional artists, have attracted around 160 people who suffer mental health difficulties in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The new KArM project promotes creative learning approaches in Mental Health care. read more


The Rita Simon Collection of Art Therapy

Introduction :
What is in the Rita Simon Collection?
About 500 paintings (mostly in gouache or watercolour on paper) and clay pieces by adults and children suffering mental and physical illness. The collection derives from R M Simon’s 55 years of work as an art therapist in private practice, hospitals and day centres of the National Health Service and Social Services. The works in the collection were made between 1942 and 1984. The collection includes sequences of paintings showing spontaneous changes in style during art therapy.

How is the collection arranged?
In two sections:

Classified into eight groups, each group being marked by one of the eight distinct art styles identified by R M Simon.
Sequences of works by the same person. The artists include normal, untrained adults and children of various ages and backgrounds, such as preschool and mainstream primary school children, professionals and others without formal art training. The variations in style show the many ways in which habitual styles can be modified.

Who would be most interested in the Rita Simon Collection?
Practitioners, students, researchers and anyone with an interest in the fields of history, art, aesthetics, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, art therapy, psychology, neurology, psychotherapy, medicine, nursing or psychopathology.

What were the areas of psychological need served by the works of art therapy?