Drawing on Difference: Art Therapy with People Who Have by Mair Rees

By Mair Rees

This e-book finds how paintings remedy can help and validate the emotional and psychological well-being wishes of individuals with studying problems. Case reviews current paintings with adults and kids with differing levels of trouble akin to character ailment, autism or critical studying problems and talk about the desires of individuals with studying problems who've skilled traumas similar to rape or bereavement. specific emphasis is put on provider review and criteria and at the client's own experience.Contributors speak about functional, expert and political concerns such as:- * the sensible demanding situations of supplying an paintings remedy carrier inside and past the clinic atmosphere * the similarities and changes among paintings treatment and different allied professions resembling track and dramatherapy * medical effectiveness and medical supervisionDrawing on distinction brings jointly for the 1st time dialogue from top pros during this more and more renowned region of specialisation inside of psychotherapy.

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But the resident then returned to a ward situation where the culture was one of a controlled environment, of a misused behaviour-modification regime where there was little choice, and often in single-sex wards. Often the client was acutely aware of his or her differentness and had the simplest wish to be treated as normal. (I find ‘normal’ a difficult word in this context as I do not believe normality exists in the first place as a concept; it also serves to alienate the person with learning difficulties even further into their perceived differentness.

Departmental policy is to have a relatively long period of assessment before ongoing therapy commences. This has been found to be useful when working with people who may find the concept and details of what we offer difficult to grasp, as it allows them to get a clearer idea of whether they wish to pursue ongoing therapy. Referrals came mainly from support staff, though there was one from a family member, and one self-referral. All but one came from the community. The referrers were contacted in order that some background information could be gathered, including reasons for referral, and whether the idea had been discussed with the client.

PART 1: BACKGROUND 19 In my current service, as part of a broader evaluation process, the decision was taken to investigate why potential service-users themselves felt that people with learning difficulties experience difficulties in their lives and consequently may require the services of an art therapist. One hundred questionnaires were sent out and forty-five returned. People willing to participate were contacted through user and carer organisations, and also adult literacy groups. Users who took part were often supported in filling in questionnaires by their advocates or tutors.

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