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The Art Materials in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Art-Based Heuristic Inquiry


The Art Materials in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Art-Based Heuristic Inquiry

Poon, Yan Yee (2017) The Art Materials in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Art-Based Heuristic Inquiry. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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In art therapy, the presence of a therapeutic alliance is a vital ingredient in creating a secure environment from which the client feels safe to create and explore with the art materials. Within the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC), it has been stipulated that further research should be conducted to include the relationship between the interactions with the art media and the therapeutic alliance. This art-based heuristic research explores the relational aspect of the ETC by engaging in weekly response art-making following individual art therapy sessions. The response art images were analyzed using the ETC Use and Therapist Self-Rating Scale (Hinz, Riccardi, Nan, & Périer, 2015), Snir and Regev's (2013) Art-Based Intervention (ABI) questionnaire as well as image dialogue in the form of witness writings. This research pointed to the value of the ETC framework in providing insight into the three components of the therapeutic relationship (art materials, art-making process, art product). Findings revealed the containing and holding aspect of media properties in helping the art therapist contain the client’s emotions and experiences, provide a safe distance to reflect on for both the client and therapist, help set physical as well as emotional, and psychological boundaries in the therapeutic setting and in the creative process, and as a form of self-care.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Poon, Yan Yee
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:15 July 2017
Keywords:Therapeutic relationship, Art materials, Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC), Response Art, Arts-based inquiry
ID Code:982699
Deposited By: YAN YEE POON
Deposited On:28 Jul 2017 14:36
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 18:20
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