Culturally-sensitive practice of art therapy with the local Chinese population in Singapore

Ong, Chui Ngoh (2014) Culturally-sensitive practice of art therapy with the local Chinese population in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Culturally-sensitive practice of art therapy with the local Chinese population in Singapore
Synopsis:

Aggression is a common behavioural concern observed in children and adolescents with autism. Their aggressive tendencies place them and their victims at risk of physical harm. Often, the feelings of frustration, anger and anxiety become too overwhelming to manage and could lead to impulsive aggression. Intervention programs are usually implemented to keep individuals with autism and people around them safe. This dissertation aims to explore the role of art therapy as an intervention tool in addressing aggression of a 15-year- old male adolescent with autism, studying in a special education school. 18 individual art therapy sessions were facilitated by a Masters level art therapist trainee. Through a single qualitative case study, data from process notes; client's artwork; and teachers' feedback about the client's progress were reviewed and analysed. The study concluded that the intersubjectivity approach in art therapy helps to attune to the vitality affects experienced by the client, and increased his tolerance level to relate with the art therapist trainee. Through the use of art materials and positive therapeutic experience, the client began to demonstrate an ability to self-regulate his frustration and reduce his aggression. Since it was the first time that the school introduced art therapy to their students, the outcome provided additional information, which could help the school as it was considering offering full-time art therapy services to its students on a long term basis.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:33
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:33
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/332

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