Transcending barriers through stories: the role of art therapist in school-based art therapy with a child in foster care

Cheng, Wing Hei (2018) Transcending barriers through stories: the role of art therapist in school-based art therapy with a child in foster care. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Transcending barriers through stories: the role of art therapist in school-based art therapy with a child in foster care
Synopsis:

Foster care is a system to provide temporary arrangment of a safe and stable environment for children who experienced abuse, maltreatment, abandonment, to name a few. Research found that children are believed to develop insecure attachment pattern as a result of multiple ambiguous loss and separation in the foster care system, which may serve as underlying causes of emotional and behavioural difficulties manifested in school environment. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the therapeutic value of art therapy in helping this client population within the Singapore local school context. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, in which art materials are "the spoken language" that could form a narrative itself to tell stories and express the inexpressible. A case of an 8-year-old boy, who is in foster care, is conducted to illustrate the multiple roles played by the school-based art therapy trainee and how his story is understood through the relational dynamics and his unique use of clay, water and containers in art therapy. Through interweaving the literature research and findings from the qualitative single case study, this thesis demonstrates the benefits of art therapy with this population in transcending the barriers to their internal world and establishing a positive attachment experience.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 03:31
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 05:44
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/445

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