Compassionate witnessing in art therapy: facilitating art exchange between a pair of adolescents living with cancer and psychologiccal isolation

Choi, Chi Mei (2019) Compassionate witnessing in art therapy: facilitating art exchange between a pair of adolescents living with cancer and psychologiccal isolation. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Compassionate witnessing in art therapy: facilitating art exchange between a pair of adolescents living with cancer and psychologiccal isolation
Synopsis:

Compassion, is the ethical core of a therapeutic alliance, allows healing by acknowledging another’s pain and suffering. An art exchange is a form of reciprocal generosity, connecting individuals suffering from severe illness or emotional isolation. Yet, few authors study an art exchange between clients in the art therapy research field. Using a relational lens in art therapy, this practitioner-based, qualitative research endeavours to find out the effects of facilitating an art exchange by an art therapist trainee, and its therapeutic benefits to a pair of adolescents living with cancer and sychological isolation; focusing on the therapist’s role in witnessing the relational dynamics of the exchange. A single case study, with art-based inquiry, was conducted to address the research question. The findings suggest, the clinical position in being with the client, artmaking and artwork, within and outside the exchange, informs the therapist’s practice of compassion and self-care; cultivates “compassionate witnessing” for the adolescence relational work; and mindful awareness of the ethical dilemma being the “third person” in the dual role of practitioner-researcher. The findings also demonstrate the therapeutic effects to the adolescents in rebuilding their self-identities and ameliorating their feelings of isolation. Clinical implications and recommendations for further research were provided.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 03:59
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 03:14
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/594
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