Mending the psychic skin: art therapy with a female adolescent with self-harm tendency in residential care

Nguyen, Thuy (2020) Mending the psychic skin: art therapy with a female adolescent with self-harm tendency in residential care. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of teh Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Mending the psychic skin: art therapy with a female adolescent with self-harm tendency in residential care
Synopsis:

In Singapore, female adolescents’ exposure to higher risk of engagement in self-harm behavior has become more and more alarming. Therefore, this thesis focuses on how art therapy can function as an intervention for a female adolescent with self-harm tendencies in a residential care setting. In the study, a practitioner-based approach was applied with a qualitative research methodology, where the art therapist trainee used one of the cases in the clinical placement practice to discuss the findings as a single case study. The client, May, has had the urge to cut herself every time she felt the separation and abandonment from her mother, which leads to the concept of psychic skin being applied to conceptualize the therapy work with her. During the therapy process, the art material and space served as a substitute psychic skin for her to gradually separate herself from her mother and let the self emerge in an integrated manner.

Subjects: Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 14:58
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 14:58
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/790
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