Mentalisation in museum-based group art therapy for youths living with mental health conditions

Chiang, Shu Wen Jolene (2020) Mentalisation in museum-based group art therapy for youths living with mental health conditions. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of teh Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Mentalisation in museum-based group art therapy for youths living with mental health conditions
Synopsis:

Museum-based group art therapy is an emerging topic for art therapists in community-based practices. This study examines museum-based group art therapy for youths living with mental health conditions through the psychotherapeutic lens of mentalisation in the context of attachment theory. Mentalisation is defined as the capacity to understand and recognise others in terms of inner mental states such as desires, needs, feelings, beliefs and goals (Allen, 2013; Fonagy & Bateman, 2004; Fonagy et al, 2017; Fonagy & Campbell, 2016). The capacity to mentalise supports functions in self-organisation and affect regulation which develops from early secure attachment relationships (Fonagy & Campbell, 2016). This qualitative case series study was based on three museum-based group art therapy workshops for youths living with mental health conditions in a community-based agency. Adopting an action-research and self-reflexive research framework, the following therapeutic factors were discussed in terms of how they support mentalising processes. First, the role of museum space as a transitional space; interaction with museum artwork/exhibits as a projection tool to explore one’s symbolic self, the therapeutic stance of an art therapist trainee and group processes were given closer analysis.

Subjects: Art therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Faculties > Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Faculties > Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 15:28
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 15:28
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/796
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