Making sense of chaos : psychodynamic art therapy with a girl affected by parental substance abuse

Nimkannon, Oratip (2016) Making sense of chaos : psychodynamic art therapy with a girl affected by parental substance abuse. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Making sense of chaos : psychodynamic art therapy with a girl affected by parental substance abuse
Synopsis:

This dissertation explored the process of change in psychodynamic art therapy, using the qualitative single case study approach. Specifically, the author aimed to understand: (1) how the therapeutic encounter in art therapy reflects the relational dynamics in the client’s family of origin; (2) how the therapeutic relationship in art therapy facilitates the process of self- regulation. The case material was based on 13 individual art therapy sessions with a pre- adolescent girl whose parents were involved in substance abuse, gathered during the author’s internship experience at one of Singapore’s residential homes for children and adolescents. This particular case was selected due to the complexity of the therapeutic process, which would highlight the strengths of psychodynamic art therapy through a series of positive changes and setbacks which underscored the process of change. The findings highlighted patterns of chaos, disorganization, and dysregulation in the therapeutic interactions, which could have mirrored the client’s experience of dysfunctional relational dynamics in her family of origin. Creative expressions through art and play, as well as the therapeutic relationship’s containing and holding functions, served as a platform for modeling self- regulation using the dyadic process. Three significant shifts were identified as turning points in the process of change, during which client demonstrated an emerging capacity for self- regulation as well as resilience. In addition, this study found that the process of attuned responsiveness and interactive repair was crucial in the development of attachment, self- regulation and resilience. The implications of this present study included the need for the therapeutic relationship to provide a sense of consistency and predictability.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 07:55
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 07:55
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/387

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