• Creative Therapy: 52 Exercises for Groups 124pp ISBN:
Each of the four volumes in this unique and timeless series present 52 innovative,
field-tested, and ready-to-use exercises for mental health professionals who
work with any type of group in any type of setting. These exercises are
designed to help group members develop interactive skills, motivate individuals
with poorer verbal skills to contribute to group discussions, and encourage
group cohesiveness. The variety in these exercises makes them relevant for
every stage of group development.
Each volume in this series includes
complete directions for the group leader. These techniques have proved
effective for all ages, from children over six to adolescents to adults.
Marriage and family therapists report excellent results using these exercises
in their work with couples and families.
Each volume contains all new exercises
with no duplication from the other volumes. These books are printed in an 8.5" x
11" format with flexible binding for ease in copying.
"'A picture may be worth a thousand words,' but in their newest book Dossick
and Shea demonstrate again the importance of pictures and words in helping
clients discover and express their feelings, fears, and concerns. The authors
have created an inventive series of 52 structured exercises, intending these as
tools which can be used within other therapies to foster and extend curiosity
about and awareness of one's self and other people. This lively, sensitive guide
is designed to aid therapists, counselors, and group leaders in a wide range of
therapeutic settings. It will be especially important in work with clients who,
because of age or diagnostic limitations, may have difficulty finding the words
they need to tell their stories."
-Jean Petrucelli, PhD, Director
and Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions Service, The
William Alanson White Institute, New York City
About the Authors
Jane Dossick, BS, has more than 32 years of experience with diverse
patient populations, including the geriatric and chronically ill, and has also
worked with groups of physically disabled young adults to aid them in making the
often difficult transition from a lengthy hospitalization to community life. As
Activities Therapist with the Psychiatric Daily Group Program, a part of the
Department of Psychiatry of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation,
she has developed and implemented a variety of innovative approaches to various
group therapies. In her work, she emphasizes the creative arts as a therapeutic
tool in helping patients to more freely express themselves. She served as
coproducer of The P.O.W., a motion picture dealing with the plight of disabled
Vietnam veterans. Ms. Dossick and Mr. Shea have coauthored the bestselling
Creative Therapy series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), published by Professional
Eugene Shea, MSW, LCSW, is Program Director of the Consultation Center
Continuing Day Treatment Program at Transitional Services for New York, Inc.
(TSI). There he continues to develop innovative techniques for engaging both
psychiatric and dually diagnosed clients. He has held day treatment supervisory
positions at such locations as Psychiatric and Addictions Recovery Services
(PARS) in Queens, New York, and Coler Memorial Hospital, New York City. Mr. Shea
has used individual and group modalities both to treat substance abusers at
Jewish Community Services of Long Island, and in the treatment of psychiatric
outpatients at Rockaway Mental Health Center. Through his experience at the
Kingston Learning Center, he developed many innovative methods for working with
learning disabled children; at Maimonides Institute, he continued this work with
developmentally disabled children. He is a member of the National Association of
Social Workers, and continues to develop his artistic skills in the areas of
painting and illustration.