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The creative arts are a powerful tool for therapists who want to provide effective therapy experiences for their clients. The magic of the arts touches the spirit and promotes a level of communication that is different from everyday life. The person running these groups must play many roles: facilitator, teacher, artist and therapist. It is a journey of discovery and wonder. You will learn why the creative arts are an important element in therapy, what it means to be creative, what enhances creativity and what hinders it, how creative arts groups interact to promote discovery of self and others and how to run effective groups from the initial planning to closure for a group that is ending. The second part of the book describes the creative arts, giving you specific information about visual and tactile arts, drama therapy, theater games and improvisations, clowning, music, dance/movement, movement exploration, meditation and creative visualization. Along with the d! escriptions, there are over 240 activity ideas for you to use.