Apex Harmony Lodge, Singapore
Jan 2015 - Apr 2015
Aug 2013 - Apr 2014
Jan 2012 - Apr 2013
The Voice of Poverty Through Art Therapy with a Male Child from Singapore
This dissertation is based on the findings from a qualitative single case study on an 11 year old Singaporean boy experiencing poverty. Being poor in Singapore is a major social stigma and many choose to remain silent with regards to their poverty-stricken situation, even though assistance may be needed. Through the intervention of art therapy, a voice is given to a disadvantaged child suffering in silence, helping him deal with his feelings of low self-esteem, loneliness, and vulnerability. The research question encompasses the effects and outcomes of art therapy in giving voice to a child, in terms of improving confidence and developing communication skills in a child of poverty, who uses silence as a defense mechanism. Art therapy is intended to provide the child with a safe space, through a therapeutic alliance, to express and process his feelings, without receiving judgment. Theoretical concepts for the case conceptualisation and intervention plans were derived mainly from psychodynamic theories of the attachment, object relations and phantasy. The art therapy intervention consisted of 18 individual art therapy sessions, over a period of six months. The collection and generation of data included observations on the client, his process of art making and reviewing the art created during the sessions. Findings from the case study will demonstrate how art therapy helps a disadvantaged child find his voice through his art.