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Title: The use of art making to recount parallel process in the supervisory relationship: A pilot study
Authors: Navarro, Tracylynn A E
Keywords: Art Therapy
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological pilot study was to investigate the art therapist's use of art making to recount the intrapersonal experience in the supervisory relationship. The objective of this thesis research was to obtain an in depth description of the art therapist's experience of art making used to recount parallel process in supervision. This research is based on the assumption that because thoughts and feelings can often find expression in images prior to being expressed in words, art making about one's relationships with their patients and supervisors may provide an additional dimension of insight into the interpersonal and relational dynamics that exist. The subjects in this study were 2 female art therapists. The subjects were asked to create symbols of both their therapeutic relationship with a patient and their supervisory relationship with a supervisor. After the completion of each image, an open ended interview was conducted with the subjects to explore this experience in depth. The results of this phenomenological study were obtained using the data analysis methodology delineated by Moustakas (1994). The results indicated that the lived experience of art therapists using art making to recount parallel process entailed the following common themes: desire for nurturance in supervisory relationship reflected patient's need for nurturance; desire for clearly defined boundaries in supervisory relationship related to clearly defined boundaries in patient relationship; ambivalence, and anxiety, frustration and tension experienced in both relationships; desire to reduce anxiety in both relationships; deepened connections and learning experienced through sharing of image and art process; and strong emotions evoked from interplay between relationships and art making process.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1106
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