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Attachment representations and therapeutic distancing as constructs in the development of working alliance in drama therapy

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Attachment representations and therapeutic distancing as constructs in the development of working alliance in drama therapy

Henson, Alisha M (2009) Attachment representations and therapeutic distancing as constructs in the development of working alliance in drama therapy. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This qualitative research project studied the importance of understanding a client's attachment style when introducing drama therapy techniques at various levels of therapeutic distance during the initial stages of therapeutic intervention while establishing a working alliance. Five single mothers of children currently involved in a behavioural intervention program were invited to participate in a drama therapy support group for 1.5 hours weekly for the duration of four sessions. A self-report attachment measure was given prior to the sessions, while distancing was assessed through responses to various drama therapy techniques by client and therapist narratives. Overall, there was a trend of insecure attachment styles among the participants, who appeared to prefer a more overdistanced approach to the therapeutic material. The implications for these findings indicate that understanding a client's attachment style during the initial stages of intervention can offer important information about client anxiety and avoidance. This information can be utilized by the therapist, who can then effectively choose interventions. Subsequently, this research also supports Glass's (2006) notion that commencing interventions, using overdistanced techniques, will help create safety and trust within the drama therapy sessions

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Henson, Alisha M
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vii, 84 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lister, Suzanne
ID Code:976291
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:23
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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