Art Therapy


Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore

August 2014 - April 2015

Beyond Social Services Singapore

January 2014 - April 2014

World Mental Health Day, Institute of Mental Health National Addictions Management Service and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

August 2013

Paint-a-Dove Art Sessions in cooperation with Dover Park Hospice, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Sept 2013 - Oct 2013

Dissertation Title

Art Therapy as an Intervention for Clients with Muscular Dystrophy: A Qualitative Case Study

Dissertation Abstract

This research investigates the role of art therapy in the treatment of people with muscular dystrophy [MD]. MD belongs to a large group of genetic muscle diseases. They are characterised by progressive weakness and wasting of muscles that often, but not always, results in severe physical disability. Individual art therapy sessions were conducted in a setting that provides a variety of services for individuals with MD and their families. This research employs a practitioner based, case study approach and presents three vignettes of art therapy with clients with muscular dystrophy. The clients presented are at different stages of their lives. The purpose of the research was to explore the role of art therapy as a treatment to empower people with MD. The outcome/effect of choice giving in the art making process for people who are physically challenged is discussed. The main focus is on the creative process of art making as a means to promote self- exploration and self-expression. The conclusion of this research suggests that art therapy is particularly appropriate for those clients with emotional and psychosocial difficulties, especially for whom solely verbal forms of therapy are less accessible. 


Keywords: Muscular dystrophy, disability and progressive illness, empowerment through self-expression