Role of response art in art therapy

Choo, Ong Theng (2013) Role of response art in art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Role of response art in art therapy

Using a qualitative heuristic approach, this exploratory paper examines the role of response art done by the art therapist in the therapeutic relationship. This study advocates that art responses made by art therapist can be a valuable tool to manage the therapist’s emotions, to record the non-verbal elements of the session and thus become an additional tool for the therapist’s professional development. By using these pieces of response art to understand the art therapist’s countertransference, useful information about the therapeutic relationship may be distilled, increasing the therapist’s sensitivity and self-awareness. By being able to consciously acknowledge the countertransference through the use of response art, I am proposing that the therapist would become a more reflexive practitioner who would be able to serve the needs of the client better. These art responses have also shown a potential to “hold” and “contain” the therapist’s strong counter-transference feelings and unconscious reactions, acting an expressive channel for the therapist. The potential of response art as an additional tool for clinical supervision is also briefly explored here. Based on the reasons above, this study advocates the active use of response art by art therapists as a tool for exploring deeper understanding of the therapeutic relationship with our clients, helping us to be more reflexive and thus more effective professionals in our work.

Subjects: Art therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 07:01
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 07:01
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