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October 2021

Combining expressive therapies

Journal/Book: American Journal of Art Therapy. 1976; 15: 43-46.

Abstract: Describes the development of an "experience group," a therapeutic technique which included the use of music, relaxation exercises, painting, and drama to treat patients with psychotic depression and mania. During the 18-mo treatment period, many patients who were expected to be resistant to the technique participated in and benefited from the program. While patients were required to attend the sessions, they were not required to share in group activities. It is pointed out that such an approach enhances the patient's sense of freedom and thus makes him/her more amenable to join in activities without risking loss of face. The reactions of other staff members to the program and its long-range benefits to participants are discussed.

Note: development of "experience group" therapeutic technique using music & exercises & painting & drama; patients with psychotic depression & mania

Keyword(s): Manic depression; music therapy; psychosis ; psychotherapeutic techniques; expressive psychotherapy; psychotherapy

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