Smearing and containing: the fluid media as substitute psychic skin in art therapy with young children within protective services in Singapore

Boo, Xu Ning (2019) Smearing and containing: the fluid media as substitute psychic skin in art therapy with young children within protective services in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Smearing and containing: the fluid media as substitute psychic skin in art therapy with young children within protective services in Singapore
Synopsis:

Young children within the Child Protection Specialist Centre (CPSC) experience difficult family situations, which often involves insensitive and insecure parental care. In this paper, fluid media is hypothesized to play a role as a substitute psychic skin for
young children in art therapy to allow for an experience of physical holding. Esther Bick’s psychic skin theory will be used to explore the pre-occupation of fluid media in art therapy with young children within CPSC in Singapore. Case vignettes of two clients are discussed to explore the experience of substitute psychic skin through fluid media and how the experience can allow for development of an inner mental space and psychological containment. The art therapist’s containing function through psychological holding and provision of appropriate art materials will also be explored.The ability to experience psychological containment was amplified through the emergence of symbolic and perceptual expression in clients’ art making. The findings highlight the benefits of skin-to-skin contact with fluid media in art therapy and how the art therapist can work towards strengthening client’s psychic skin.

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: 16 May 2019 03:09
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 02:57
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/596
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