Social action art therapy and detainee rehabilitation in post-conflict reconciliation

Wickramasinha, Chaanudi N (2012) Social action art therapy and detainee rehabilitation in post-conflict reconciliation. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Social action art therapy and detainee rehabilitation in post-conflict reconciliation
Synopsis:

Art therapy has been successfully implemented in different rehabilitation settings and has been utilized as a rehabilitative tool in forensic and correctional institutions. This dissertation is focused on a pilot study on how art therapy can potentially serve the purpose of detainee rehabilitation and post-conflict resolution, in particular to a Sri Lankan context. In the practice of detainee rehabilitation, the core conflicts of anger, frustration and aggression could be addressed gently yet effectively through the process of art making. The writer explores the possibilities of using art therapy as an effective method to deal with such human emotions by integrating art therapy into the already established post-conflict rehabilitation programme in Sri Lanka. Art therapy can be utilized as an allied profession in detainee rehabilitation and it is believed to be a practical method to sublimate the unconscious impulses and emotions in a safe mode. Simultaneously it can play a multifaceted role in developing perceptual, cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of these detainees who are already a part of an ongoing rehabilitation programme. With its qualities of creativity and adaptability, the writer believes art therapy could facilitate as a communicative medium as well as a reforming method. The research has been carried out as a qualitative group case study and the dissertation is based on the writer’s field research experience with a group of ex-combatants now in care.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 06:14
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/24

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