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ERIC Number: EJ1179068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Art as Relational Encounter: An Ostensive Communication Theory of Art Therapy
Springham, Neil; Huet, Val
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v35 n1 p4-10 2018
Biopsychosocial theory is strengthening psychotherapy by focusing on interactions that engage the attachment system. Art therapy has the potential to align coherently with current theory provided it addresses the value of art in engaging with the attachment system. This article describes an interpersonal theory of art therapy based on a model of ostensive communication that supports the attachment system as a mechanism of change in the art therapy triangular relationship of client, therapist, and art object. A clinical case vignette, derived from a client's description of her art therapy experiences in an audio-image interview, illustrates ostensive communication theory and the development of epistemic trust in art therapy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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