Shaun McNiffShaun McNiff is internationally recognized as a founder and leading figure in the arts and healing field. University Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is past president of the American Art Therapy Association and the author of several other books including Art As Medicine, Trust the Process, and Creating with Others.
Books & Audio
How Creativity Cures the Soul
The field of art therapy is discovering that artistic expression can be a powerful means of personal transformation and emotional and spiritual healing. In this book, Shaun McNiff, a leader in expressive arts therapy for more than three decades, reflects… Read More
An Artist's Guide to Letting Go
Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation. If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with… Read More
Engaging the Sacred in Everyday Things
By the time you finish this book, the term "inanimate object" will no longer have a place in your vocabulary, for Shaun McNiff will awaken you to the wondrous energies streaming out of familiar things and bringing a sense of… Read More
Creating a Therapy of the Imagination
"Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"—the themes, methods, and… Read More
The Practice of Imagination in Life, Art, and the Workplace
Do you believe that life within an organization means death to the creative process? That creativity is the exclusive province of "artistic types"? Wrong! Shaun McNiff shows how we can all cultivate the special kind of creative energy that is… Read More
Shaun McNiff is internationally recognized as a founder and leading figure in the arts and healing field. He is the former president of the American Art Therapy Association, from which he received the Honorary Life Member Award in 1997.
In 1974, McNiff established the world’s first expressive arts therapy graduate training program at Lesley University, from which the discipline of expressive arts therapy emerged. He has since served in various senior-level leadership positions in which he has explored the integration of creativity into community life.