A Chinese-Singaporean art therapist’s experience working in Hospice Care

Ong, Siew Kwan (2020) A Chinese-Singaporean art therapist’s experience working in Hospice Care. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of teh Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: A Chinese-Singaporean art therapist’s experience working in Hospice Care

Various emotions are bound to arise during the therapeutic encounter, both for the client as well as the art therapist. It is therefore important to look into different ways which art therapists negotiate their emotions. The researcher looked into the history of how Chinese and Chinese-Singaporeans express emotions, particularly in relation to death and dying. A qualitative research methodology via heuristic inquiry was conducted to explore the research question – In what ways might Chinese-Singaporean art therapists negotiate their own emotional responses while working with individuals residing in hospice care? Three categories emerged – the negotiation of emotions while working with patients diagnosed with terminal illness; working with their family members, as well as when clients passed away. The use of response art, and group and individual clinical supervisions were aspects of heuristic inquiry adopted by the researcher to further explore and process these emotions. The thesis concludes with a note to acknowledge that working with individuals who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses can mean confronting our own mortality, and how as art therapists, the use of creative expressions to negotiate emotional expressions could be an effective way to process these complex feelings that arise after each therapeutic encounter with our clients.

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 16:51
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 16:51
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/803
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