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Title: Children's experiences of art therapy
Author: Deboys, Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 703X
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2015
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This study aimed to explore children’s experiences of art therapy in order to create a theory of change processes within school-based art therapy. A total of 14 children were interviewed at two different schools, along with their parents, teachers, and art therapists. All children had received art therapy within the last 12 months. Semi-structured individual interviews were undertaken with 40 participants. Children completed a craft activity within their interview as a visual expression of their therapy experience. Interview data was analysed using grounded theory methodology. The results generated three theoretical models. The first model highlighted the systemic nature of the art therapy as well as describing it as mysterious. Model 2 described the processes within art therapy, focusing on the individualised child-centred nature of the intervention. Art doing was considered central to the children’s expressions and developing understandings. Model 3 described the trajectory of change for the children. The study recommends that psychologists consider art therapy for children who are struggling to verbalise their difficulties; that clinicians focus on therapeutic experiences being fun and enjoyable for the child, as well as embedded within the child’s system; and lastly that clear target problems are identified at the start of therapy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF0721 Child psychology ; LB1501 Primary Education ; RC0489 Arts therapy ; RJ0101 Child Health. Child health services