Life story and the arts: A didactic crossroad

Samuel Schwartz, Amia Lieblich, Vivien Marcow Speiser, Elana Lakh, Tsiky Cohen, Pazit Dushi, Anat Gilad, Sharon Vaisvaser

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The following notes from the field introduces an original approach to working with narrative, storytelling and artistic expression in the framework of the creative and expressive arts therapies. Using an interview methodology developed by Amia Lieblich, a team of creative and expressive arts therapists teaching at The Academic College of Society and the Arts in Netanya, Israel, shares their theoretical observations and practical perspectives about moving from verbal to nonverbal expression of personal and collective stories. These insights emerged during an introductory course that the authors taught to creative and expressive arts therapists. We posit that life story work, both in regard to oneself and to others, from single episode memory or the documentation of the entire life course, may be of tremendous worth in the training of creative and expressive art therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-328
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Arts and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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© 2020 Intellect Ltd Notes from the Field. English language.


  • creative arts therapies
  • expressive therapies
  • interview
  • life stories
  • narrative
  • storytelling


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