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"I don't know where is me" : lost and found in art therapy- a transcultural approach exploring cultural bereavement, trauma, and grief

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"I don't know where is me" : lost and found in art therapy- a transcultural approach exploring cultural bereavement, trauma, and grief

Lu, Lucy (2007) "I don't know where is me" : lost and found in art therapy- a transcultural approach exploring cultural bereavement, trauma, and grief. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Pre-school aged refugee children are at a higher risk for sustained traumatic grief, in which childhood trauma symptoms intrude on a child's ability to bereave their multiple losses. A transcultural and developmental approach provides a framework for understanding the multiple issues of pre-trauma, trauma, and host country integration that challenge refugee children and their families. An instrumental case study methodology is used in order to integrate these theories and capture the complexity of issues of one young refugee child referred to art therapy due to post-traumatic stress symptoms. Through case session descriptions and qualitative analysis of the resulting themes, this case study seeks to explore how this child expresses cultural bereavement, trauma, and grief in his art and play expressions. As well, the case will explore the ways that art therapy can help children experiencing traumatic grief re-engage developmental coping strategies in order to work through grief and trauma symptoms. The findings from this analysis will demonstrate how 'anchor points' of a child's traumatic memories express themselves in verbalizations, repetitive images, traumatic play, and how these are entry points for the therapist to work with in therapy through art and play. Through creating a warm therapeutic alliance, with engaged and sustained reciprocal communication, this case demonstrates how art therapy can help re-engage a child's capacity to communicate symbolically through art and play in order to integrate losses and grief into a growing self-concept.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Lu, Lucy
Pagination:95 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lacroix, Louis
ID Code:975509
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:09
Last Modified:05 Feb 2019 21:05
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