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How can response art and media choices demystify feelings of helplessness that burden art therapists when reaching a stagnant therapeutic process with the military and veteran populations?

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Hardy, Alexandra (2021). How can response art and media choices demystify feelings of helplessness that burden art therapists when reaching a stagnant therapeutic process with the military and veteran populations? [Essai] Repéré dans Depositum à https://depositum.uqat.ca/id/eprint/1301

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This research paper aims to explore the feelings of helplessness that art therapists can experience when in the beginning of the therapeutic process leads to the gradual and steady accumulation of stagnation with military and veteran populations. As an art therapist-in-training, there was a profound inquisitiveness to fathom and grasp the true meaning behind this subjective and uncanny phenomenon through a heuristic arts-based enquiry. Delivering a discovery to how the feeling of being helpless could bring light to inner and unconscious process, and to find answers on why those feelings were so prominent in the context of this experience.

To make sense of the practitioner’s helplessness that arose and to seriously attempt to deepen the understanding of what the impasses truly meant, a total collection of six re created response arts were produced. They referenced themes or moments at which point those feelings ascendancy was at its highest, as they emerged from the apparent immobilization in the art therapeutic process. While assessing the media properties used for those creations and within the timeframe of three weeks, the arts-based research led to an ongoing contemplation procedure and inner dialogues with the six images.

This study resulted in facing the “self” head on, as many reflections on the shaping of the trainee’s self-esteem, self-confidence, professional development and dual identities (professional– artist) had shepherded the researcher to take stock of the self-care strategies needed to maintain a healthier life and a more stable practice of the art therapy profession.

Type de document: Essai
Directeur de mémoire/thèse: Riccardi, Maria
Mots-clés libres: military, veterans, trauma, addiction, stagnation, impasse, therapeutic process, art therapy, therapist, helplessness, countertransference, burnout, response art, media, professional development, self-care
Divisions: Développement humain et social > Maîtrise en art-thérapie
Date de dépôt: 16 sept. 2021 15:04
Dernière modification: 16 sept. 2021 15:06
URI: https://depositum.uqat.ca/id/eprint/1301

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