By Mair Rees
This ebook unearths how paintings treatment can aid and validate the emotional and psychological healthiness wishes of individuals with studying problems. Case experiences current paintings with adults and youngsters with differing levels of trouble comparable to character illness, autism or critical studying problems and talk about the wishes of individuals with studying problems who've skilled traumas resembling rape or bereavement. specific emphasis is put on carrier evaluate and criteria and at the client's own experience.Contributors speak about sensible, expert and political concerns such as:- * the sensible demanding situations of supplying an artwork remedy carrier inside of and past the medical institution environment * the similarities and changes among artwork treatment and different allied professions equivalent to song and dramatherapy * medical effectiveness and medical supervisionDrawing on distinction brings jointly for the 1st time dialogue from best execs during this more and more well known sector of specialisation inside of psychotherapy.
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Key points • The stormy manifestation of the pivotal themes of autonomy, control and identity. • A review of participants’ personal experiences of the group, using a retrospective interviewing technique. • A description of the co-therapists’ experiences and recollections of the group highlighted by counter-transference phenomena. INTRODUCTION This chapter is about an art therapy group for people with learning difficulties who were experiencing problems in getting on with others. In the introduction we first outline the nature of the group, how it was formed, and something of the therapists’ approaches.
There may be powerful associations for a group of people who have been infantilised for much of their lives. One department where I worked as an art therapist had previously been used as a pathology laboratory: sometimes, new clients would clutch their arms as they entered the building, with the expectation of having blood samples taken. Heaven only knows what sort of dynamics were precipitated by this scenario! Adequacy of the client and therapist support-structure outside therapy Both client and therapist will require support beyond the boundaries of the art therapy session if therapy is to be useful, effective and sustained.
We knew that the group members would all need some degree of support in making their contribution, and decided to use interviews, conducted by a non- 36 PART 2: ART THERAPY AT WORK therapist member of the Arts Therapies Department. She wrote to group members to ask their consent to be interviewed, and also contacted support staff to explain the project so that they could help clients understand the implications of what we were asking. Of the ten who were involved in the group, it was only possible to approach six to be interviewed, and, of these, five agreed.