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Stories of substance: Story-making in art therapy with substance-abusing mothers and their children

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Stories of substance: Story-making in art therapy with substance-abusing mothers and their children

Friedland, Ninat M (2010) Stories of substance: Story-making in art therapy with substance-abusing mothers and their children. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research proposes a short-term art therapy treatment program that aims to address poor attachment between substance-abusing mothers and their children. Although there
are a number of studies linking impoverished attachment patterns to intergenerational psychosocial problems, including continued substance abuse, there are relatively few treatment programs designed to address this issue. There are fewer still within the creative arts therapies that attend to the bond between substance-abusing mothers and their children. This paper proposes a model for a program that combines narrative therapy and art therapy within the framework of attachment theory. For this research project, a short-term art therapy program was developed with a focus on story-making as a means
of relationship-building between substance-abusing mothers and their children, ages 3-6. An exploratory trial program was implemented at a residential rehabilitation centre for
chemically-dependent mothers and their children. Feedback from the mothers and children, in the form of questionnaires and field observations, served as the impetus for the development of the program as presented here.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Friedland, Ninat M
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:December 2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Merriam, Beth
Keywords:substance abuse; attachment theory; mother-child dyad therapy; art therapy; narrative therapy; story-making
ID Code:7191
Deposited By: NINAT FRIEDLAND
Deposited On:19 Jan 2016 18:11
Last Modified:05 Feb 2019 22:05
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