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Spirituality and art therapy

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Spirituality and art therapy

Doyle, Christine (2001) Spirituality and art therapy. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This paper reports the findings of a heuristic inquiry into the relationship between spirituality and art therapy. The data presented in this research paper have been gathered from three primary sources, including appropriate literary works, personal material from the author's immersion in her own experience of spirituality and art therapy, and, thirdly, the words and images shared by four art therapists, as well as the author, in response to the question, "How have you encountered spirituality in art therapy?" The findings indicate that, in keeping with the longtime secularization of the mental health system, the art therapy community is hesitating to introduce explicit spiritual discourse into its training and practice. Nevertheless, the findings suggest that explicit spiritual discourse is possible and worthwhile, at least amongst art therapists on a one-to-one basis. An argument is made that spiritual discourse can play an important role in facilitating the spiritual healing and growth of art therapy clients, particularly as it serves a meaning making function. The art therapy community is encouraged to continue making space for spiritual discourse, particularly as a self-reflective process, with the ultimate intention of better serving clients.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Doyle, Christine
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vi, 91 leaves : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Research papers (M.A.)
Program:Art Education and Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2001
Thesis Supervisor(s):Tanguay, Denise
ID Code:2399
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:28
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:26
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