Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Therapies

1st Edition

Terry S Trepper, Anne Strozier, Joyce E Carpenter, Lorna L Hecker

Published March 4, 2008
Reference - 292 Pages
ISBN 9780789022066 - CAT# HW15103

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Discover creative new ways to facilitate the therapeutic process

Therapeutic modalities that psychotherapists usually rely on--such as psychodynamic, humanistic, systems, cognitive, narrative, analytic and solution focused--are all verbal interventions. Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies presents a comprehensive overview of complementary and alternative therapeutic interventions that go beyond the standard verbal approaches. The therapies presented in this book--including mindfulness and meditation, spirituality, poetry therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and touch therapy--provide the reader with creative non-traditional modalities that are effective in conjunction with traditional treatment, or as substitutes. They may enrich talk-therapy, especially when therapists and/or clients get “stuck,” or they may provide healing on their own.

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies explains the basics about how these nontraditional therapies work and provides vivid examples for utilizing them in treatment. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field of expertise, and includes a description of the approach, research evidence about its effectiveness, guidelines on how to use the therapy in practice, and case examples. This excellent volume also provides practitioners with a wide range of resources, including Web sites, information on state and national organizations, accrediting board info, and more.

Topics in Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies include:
  • the mind-body relationship
  • ways to integrate spirituality in counseling
  • the healing components of poetry
  • research studies on art therapy
  • different techniques available in Psychodrama
  • using body movement as a means of expressing conflicts and desires
  • how music therapy promotes positive changes in the client
  • the healing aspects of animals
  • and much more!
Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies is a horizon-expanding guide for therapists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, physicians, educators, and students.


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