Trauma, symbolic representation, and individual art therapy: a qualitative single case study of a preadolescent child in Singapore

Ouyang, Huimin Charlene (2018) Trauma, symbolic representation, and individual art therapy: a qualitative single case study of a preadolescent child in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Trauma, symbolic representation, and individual art therapy: a qualitative single case study of a preadolescent child in Singapore
Synopsis:

Neuroscience theories have informed on how complex trauma affects the systematic functioning of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which disconnects the social-emotional processing of the emotions in the right brain and the verbal language in the left brain. The lack of social-emotional processing in the presence of complex trauma distresses the positive functioning and connectivity with others in the world. Symbolic representation within art therapy is important because the art expression created in the process is regarded as an external extension of the client’s inner self, providing an outlet for emotional expression and understanding. This thesis aims to explore the positive effects of art therapy as a modality which bridges social-emotional processing by transforming pre-symbolic sensorimotor experience to mature symbolic representation. A qualitative single case study was utilised and art therapy intervention with an eight-year-old boy who has become withdrawn after experiencing abuse in the family is discussed. The various concepts in symbolic representation which includes interactions with art materials and the therapist in both the process and the product are covered in this research. When the symbolic representation is purposefully explored and reflected upon, the overall therapeutic encounter is enhanced.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 03:46
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 05:43
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/448

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