Fantasy, Art Therapies, and Other Expressive and Creative Psychosocial Interventions

Shulamith Kreitler, Daniel Oppenheim, Elsa Segev-Shoham

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The chapter describes various forms of expressive and creative interventions designed to facilitate expression, reduce anxiety and distress, and promote positive feelings and experiences in pediatric oncology patients. The major focus is on the uses of fantasy and imagination, the various forms of art therapy, including those based on the visual arts, bibliotherapy, writing, drama, cinema and video, clowning, humor, music, singing, dance and movements, pets and fun. Each intervention is presented with examples of characteristic means, objectives, and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPediatric Psycho-Oncology
Subtitle of host publicationPsychosocial Aspects and Clinical Interventions: Second Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781119998839
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Art therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Clowning
  • Dance therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Expressive interventions
  • Guided imagery
  • Music therapy
  • Play therapy


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