Rangoli, culture and art therapy: integrating a tradition within clinical practice

Iyer, Mahesh (2018) Rangoli, culture and art therapy: integrating a tradition within clinical practice. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Rangoli, culture and art therapy: integrating a tradition within clinical practice
Synopsis:

As art therapy develops globally, it is only natural that culture and region-specific art forms are integrated within therapeutic practice. This research aims to inquire; in what ways might rangoli, an Indian culture specific art form, introduced within a therapeutic encounter, lead to a culturally informed art therapy practice?
Through the use of a practitioner-based qualitative group case study, rangoli was introduced within the format of group art therapy for a diverse group of elderly residents at a sheltered home in Singapore. The study aims to examine the benefits of a culturally informed art therapy practice whilst working with culture specific art forms amongst diverse populations. Emergent themes in the art were aligned with Stephenson’s (2013) four program goals for art therapy with older adults. Results indicated that the group members garnered a range of therapeutic benefits and created art that reflected the four program goals. Furthermore, integrating culture-specific art forms through a culturally informed art therapy practice, evolved a theme of cultural integration. This encouraged members to reconnect with their personal, local and cultural identities. The research serves to promote clinical art therapy services that are culturally relevant and meaningful within Asian contexts.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 04:32
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 04:32
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/455

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