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ERIC Number: EJ777001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Therapeutic Qualities of Clay-Work in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy: A Review
Sholt, Michal; Gavron, Tami
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v23 n2 p66-72 2006
The aim of this article is to identify and define the diagnostic and therapeutic qualities of clay-work in contemporary conceptualization (attachment theory, object relations, and psychoanalytic theory). Three central features of clay-work are highlighted: (1) procedural expression through touch, movement, and the three-dimensional aspect; (2) the reflection of construction and deconstruction processes; and (3) the regression process. The authors differentiate six therapeutic factors that emerged from a review of the literature: facilitating expression of emotions, catharsis, rich and deep expressions, verbal communication, revealing unconscious material, and concretization and symbolization. Short case examples of therapeutic processes are described to illustrate these ideas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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