Mentalisation in art therapy with an unsupported mother

Chen, Deborah (2016) Mentalisation in art therapy with an unsupported mother. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Mentalisation in art therapy with an unsupported mother

Motherhood is a critical developmental stage of a woman’s life. However, this journey is sometimes marked by abandonment, loneliness and poverty, due the loss of familial and social support. This dissertation discusses the case of an unsupported mother who is legally married but emotionally estranged from her husband. When art therapy services were provided to her, she had just commenced divorce proceedings, was considering to place her child in foster care, and was searching for a new job and house. Considering her predicaments, an art therapist trainee provided art therapy services with the purpose of developing the capacity for mentalisation, through both open art studio groups and individual art therapy sessions. Through a single qualitative case study, this dissertation discusses how art therapy can develop the capacity for mentalisation for an unsupported mother who has experienced complex trauma.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 07:59
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 07:59

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