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‘Capturing’ Photographs and Aging: An Intervention Research Paper focusing on the use of Photography in Art Therapy with Older Adults

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‘Capturing’ Photographs and Aging: An Intervention Research Paper focusing on the use of Photography in Art Therapy with Older Adults

Iannaci, Louisa (2013) ‘Capturing’ Photographs and Aging: An Intervention Research Paper focusing on the use of Photography in Art Therapy with Older Adults. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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The goal of this research was to create a short term art therapy program that addresses the ongoing psychosocial needs of hospitalized older adults receiving care for life-altering experiences related to health and aging. This paper builds on existing literature in offering an understanding of how photography in art therapy can complement the medical model of treatment. For the purpose of this paper, the medical model is critically discussed in relation to disengagement theory. In addition, the role of the medical model in facilitating depression and learned helplessness is considered in light of this research. The final component of the research is a photo-based art therapy intervention model offering an adaptable framework for clinical practice. The art therapy ideas presented encompass the use of photography, specifically the act of photographing, and therapeutic approaches such as psychodynamic, person-centered and narrative interventions that aim to meet psychosocial needs for older adults who are experiencing helplessness and hopelessness. The intervention suggestions present how the clinical use of photography in art therapy can assist in providing patients with meaning-making, enhancement of self-esteem and consolidation of identity that is independent of the illness. In addition, gaining control through art making and its connection to motivating the human spirit play a role in coping as a holistic healing process during illness.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Iannaci, Louisa
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:August 2013
ID Code:977859
Deposited By: LOUISA IANNACI
Deposited On:15 Nov 2013 14:41
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 19:44
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