To wait and hold: art therapy with terminally-ill individuals residing in a hospice in Singapore

Pang, Kim Hau (2018) To wait and hold: art therapy with terminally-ill individuals residing in a hospice in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: To wait and hold: art therapy with terminally-ill individuals residing in a hospice in Singapore
Synopsis:

The purpose of this research is to discuss the mechanisms behind periods of engagement within psychodynamic art psychotherapy encounters with terminally-ill individuals, when no art is actively being made. A shortage of literature on this topic is identified. The boundaries in this thesis is informed by the concept of good-enough holding through losses (Bowlby, 1973; Winnicott, 1971) and postmodernist ideas for art in contemporary art therapy practices. The selected research methodology for this thesis is a multiple-case vignette qualitative research on three selected clinical casework, engaged through heuristic inquiry. Through this research, this thesis reveals that although art-making in art therapy encounters may hold significance in a hospice setting, this service is also meant for the individuals behind the diagnosis. Being with them in their experience may sometimes just mean waiting with them and holding the space for them when time still permits us to do so – with or without art-making.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 03:40
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 03:40
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/447

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