Being present: Honourign the person at their end of life in the therapeutic relationship

Tan, U-Tong Emily (2018) Being present: Honourign the person at their end of life in the therapeutic relationship. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Being present: Honourign the person at their end of life in the therapeutic relationship
Synopsis:

Being present and attunement are core determinants of an authentic connection in a therapeutic relationship. This practitioner-based research thesis is a reflection of experiences that had taken place in my postgraduate clinical placement training at one of the local hospice that led to what emerged to be significant moments of meeting another human being in the therapeutic space. The reflexive process strives to build a deeper knowledge and understanding of the relational dynamics that an art therapist needs to contemplate upon to augment the honouring of the person at their end of life. The concept of attunement in the unique triangular relationship in art therapy is unpacked through the ideas of early mother-infant dyadic experience, mirror neurons firing in synchrony and responsive art making. Through the use of a qualitative multiple-case vignette approach, this thesis establishes that the art therapist’s capacity to be attuned and to be fully present to bear and contain the client’s feelings and experience are necessary conditions that make respecting and committing to the person at their end of life possible.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 03:25
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 03:25
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/444

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