An art-based exploration into the uses of art therapy with a patient prone to psychotic states in a forensic psychiatric setting

Magnaval, Sylvie (2014) An art-based exploration into the uses of art therapy with a patient prone to psychotic states in a forensic psychiatric setting. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: An art-based exploration into the uses of art therapy with a patient prone to psychotic states in a forensic psychiatric setting
Synopsis:

Art therapy has a long history of use with patients prone to psychotic states (Brooker et al., 2006). However, a recent controversial quantitative study has failed to show the benefits of art therapy with people diagnosed with schizophrenia (Crawford & al, 2012; Wood, 2013). Working as an art therapist intern in a forensic unit in a psychiatric hospital in Singapore gave me the opportunity to research the uses, processes and benefits of art therapy with service users prone to psychotic states. In order to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subjective experiences of art therapy, the research followed an art-based methodology focusing on a single case study. Explorations included the development of a creative protocol and triangulation of the written and visual data gathered during 36 sessions of individual art therapy with a service user prone to psychotic states. The results show that art therapy (1) provides a transitional space where the lived experience of the service user can be explored and contained, (2) allows the monitoring of the service user unpredictable changes of mental states, (3) facilitates an understanding of the transference and countertransference encountered in the here-and-now (4) and might promote the ego strength of the service user through mediation between concrete and symbolic thinking.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:48
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/336

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