The gift of art therapy : investigating the art directive: make/draw a present for yourself

Siow, Tze Tjuin (2012) The gift of art therapy : investigating the art directive: make/draw a present for yourself. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The gift of art therapy : investigating the art directive: make/draw a present for yourself
Synopsis:

The art directive Make/Draw a Present for Yourself can be used effectively in a wide variety of settings in art therapy. This dissertation responds to the question “Is the art directive to Make/Draw a Present for Yourself an effective approach for the art therapist?” and demonstrates the efficacy of the art directive as a therapeutic art therapy tool. It will illustrate that it is an effective and unimposing art therapy intervention for a wide variety of situations through three case studies undergoing different challenging situations. A search of available published material has unearthed no available published material on the theoretical basis behind this art directive. The literature review seeks to lay the foundation for discourse on the theory behind the efficacy of this directive, drawing upon anthropology and sociology as well as psychology to form the theoretical foundation of the argument that this directive is effective and has roots in pre-existing theory. It studies the meaning behind the gift (from anthropology), the gift as both a boundary object (sociology) and a transitional object within the context of intersubjectivity (psychology and psychodynamics). This is followed by retrospective research on multiple case studies in the form of a qualitative inquiry. This dissertation explores the act of creating a gift for oneself as a form of healing and postulates that the directive facilitates self experiences that strengthen one’s subjectivity through resilience and empowerment of the self, creating an overall positive and hopeful outlook. It explains that the act of making art and its creation in the presence of the art therapist is a gift to oneself. Through the cases and the underlying theory, it demonstrates that the hypothesis is supported: the process of creating a gift for oneself is empowering and self-affirming.

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 07:06
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 07:06
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/29

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