October 2, 2013
*Image taken from a painting by Karin von Daler
EXA Alum, Karin von Daler (class of 2002) is glad to announce that Mindfulness and the ArtsTherapies is now available for purchase. This ground-breaking new book published by Jessica Kingsley and edited by Laury Rappaport explores the theoretical, clinical and training application of integrating mindfulness with all of the arts therapies, and includes cutting-edge contributions from neuroscience. Karin co-wrote a chapter on Creative Mindfulness, an EXA and Dialectical Behavior Therapy oriented method she and colleague Lori Shwanbeck, MFT, CHT developed for working with people struggling with intense emotional dysregulation.
Written by pioneers and leaders in the arts therapies and psychology fields, the book includes six sections that examine mindfulness and the arts therapies from different perspectives: 1) the history and roots of mindfulness in relation to spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts therapies; 2) the role of the expressive arts in cultivating mindful awareness; 3) innovative approaches that add mindfulness to the arts therapies; 4) arts therapies approaches that are inherently mindfulness-based; 5) mindfulness in the training and education of arts therapists; and 6) the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the arts therapies.
Contributors describe their pioneering work with diverse applications: people with cancer, trauma, chronic pain, substance abuse, severe mental illness, clients in private practice, adolescents at camp, training dance and art therapists, and more. This rich resource will inspire and rejuvenate all clinicians and educators!