Trauma, attunement, and the ‘third hand’ : a qualitative single case study of a child in art therapy

Lee, Ting Yu (2016) Trauma, attunement, and the ‘third hand’ : a qualitative single case study of a child in art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Trauma, attunement, and the ‘third hand’ : a qualitative single case study of a child in art therapy
Synopsis:

Key to building a child’s sense of self and of other is the mother’s mirroring and attuning to the child’s emotions (Wright, 2009), however, such experience can often be lacking in children who have experienced relational trauma. Taking the notion that a mother’s attunement is paramount to the development of a child’s affect regulation and sense of self, this research paper employs the concept of attunement as a base where the research inquiry is formed. The intent of this research paper is to present an investigation of the value of attunement in a therapeutic relationship. Through a qualitative single case study, the essence of attunement is captured through the art making interaction between the trainee art therapist and client. Imperative to the research study is the intervention of the trainee art therapist’s ‘third hand’ (Kramer, 1986) that co-creates art with the client. The function of the third hand and its connection with attunement are closely observed and examined throughout the course of this research. The concept of mirror neurons is also explored which adds an empirical understanding on the theories and case material discussed.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Art Therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 09:08
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/392

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