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The Use of Computer Based Technology in Art Therapy with Adults who have Severe Physical Disabilities

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The Use of Computer Based Technology in Art Therapy with Adults who have Severe Physical Disabilities

Tevyaw, Sarah (2011) The Use of Computer Based Technology in Art Therapy with Adults who have Severe Physical Disabilities. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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The following qualitative research paper explores how the computer can be incorporated into an art therapeutic practice as a tool for art making when working with adults who are living with severe physical disabilities. The computer acts as a mediator that helps foster a sense of mastery, offers control over an art making process, and aids in the development of a positive self-concept when working in art therapy with adults who are living with chronic physical illness and limited mobility. Using a theoretical methodology and clinical vignettes, this paper examines how traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, and collage have been adapted using modern technology to meet the needs of clients who are living with physical disabilities. Advancements in new technology offer
art therapists the ability to reach more individuals and diverse clinical populations. By incorporating technology into art therapy it has expanded the possibilities for clients who have physical limitations to engage in an art therapeutic process, where the artwork is created not by the therapist, but by the client. Art becomes a mirror, a container, and a witness to many personal struggles for individuals who are living with chronic illnesses.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Tevyaw, Sarah
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:May 2011
Thesis Supervisor(s):Timm-Bottos, Janis
Keywords:Art Therapy, Computer Art, Graphics Arts Programs, Chronic Physical Illness, Physical Limitations, Physical Disability
ID Code:7779
Deposited By: SARAH TEVYAW
Deposited On:19 Jan 2016 18:14
Last Modified:05 Feb 2019 22:14
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