Therapy theories accordian book

Mal | Art Therapy | Monday, July 13th, 2009

Old homework assignment

I’m now deep into studying for my state psychotherapy licensure exams. Last week, I came across a homework assignment I had done while in grad school to compare/contrast two different psychotherapeutic theories. I had chosen Solution-Focused Therapy and Object Relations Therapy. I guess I’m always interested in exploring the farthest ends of any spectrum…

Homework book

At the time, I was doing a lot of professional bookbinding work (including teaching classes and taking commissions) so a lot of my homework assignments in my art therapy program ended up taking the form of books.

Homework book

This is a double accordian book, like the one you see here. The red strip in the center can be easily removed and displayed on its own, which is one of the advantages of this type of binding. Opening the book from one end shows the first collage, and opening from the other end shows the second. It’s neat the way the concepts interplay with each other with this type of book.

Homework book

It was really fun to dig through my collage boxes for images to represent different psychological and psychotherapeutic constructs. The one on the right (the baby with the receding hairline and moustache) is to represent introjection. Don’t think I’ll miss that question on the exam!


  1. Books are one of the best art projects for self expression. I loved doing books with my students and took many workshops in making books. Good luck with your exams.

    Comment by Janet Lucas — 13 July 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  2. What a great way to remember things and having fun at the same time. If all exam revising was like this…

    Comment by B — 13 July 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  3. Hej Mal,

    Congratulations, your post on folding is mentioned on Whip-up.

    Comment by Elizabeth — 14 July 2009 @ 10:03 am

  4. This is all very cool! I think it’s really neat what you are doing here! :)

    Comment by TattingChic — 15 July 2009 @ 6:10 pm

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