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Exploration of Self-Care Through the Intentional Witness Process and the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC)

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Exploration of Self-Care Through the Intentional Witness Process and the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC)

Gingras, Gabrielle (2015) Exploration of Self-Care Through the Intentional Witness Process and the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC). [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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This qualitative arts-based heuristic research explores the concept of self-care through the frameworks of the Intentional Witness Process and the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC). The research examines the potential implications of both frameworks by assisting art therapists in finding balance and well-being. The literature review investigates the existing concepts of self-care from a philosophical, clinical, and arts-based perspective, considering the connections between self-care, self-awareness and self-knowledge. Through the lenses of arts-based methodology and Moustakas’ (1990) six-step heuristic inquiry, the researcher examines her personal experience exploring various art materials and engaging in a five-week process combining both frameworks. The author investigates her personal process and resistance and further explores through her findings, the themes of emotional pain, presence and authenticity, creating a frame, self-esteem and strength. The researcher discusses her own personal transformation touching upon the notions of identity and Winnicott’s (1965) concept of true-self, the importance of reflective distance found in both frameworks as a tool guiding towards self-awareness and self-knowledge; and further addresses self-care as an on-going process of self-discovery. The data is analyzed and supported through pre-existing literature in art therapy and related fields and underscores the possibilities for other professionals wishing to use both frameworks as tools for self-care, which is first and foremost an act of self-knowledge.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Gingras, Gabrielle
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:15 August 2015
Thesis Supervisor(s):Timm-Bottos, Janis
ID Code:980327
Deposited By: GABRIELLE GINGRAS
Deposited On:04 Sep 2015 15:53
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 17:18
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