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Home-based art therapy in families with seriously ill children : a heuristic inquiry

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Home-based art therapy in families with seriously ill children : a heuristic inquiry

Derouaux, Karin (2007) Home-based art therapy in families with seriously ill children : a heuristic inquiry. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This heuristic study is an exploration of an art therapy student's practicum experience working with ill children and their siblings in their homes. Pragmatic issues include isolation, therapist safety and challenges of travelling, scheduling, and providing art materials. Therapeutic issues are difficulties collecting information from busy parents, acclimating to the overwhelming physical and emotional space, and tolerating chaos in the therapy environment. The emotional effect of seeing medical paraphernalia in the home, as well as issues surrounding privacy, instruction, and discipline are also explored, as are the therapeutic frame, accepting food and gifts, and the role of language in the therapy. Balancing family focus with client focus, interacting with parents, countertransference reactions to the home environment, client secrecy, and termination issues were also relevant. Finally, the author describes in detail her emotional and philosophical reaction to the death of a client, and explores the meaning of home.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Derouaux, Karin
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vii, 75 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Tanguay, Denise
ID Code:975667
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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