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ERIC Number: EJ784856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Relational Contexts and Aesthetics: Achieving Positive Connections with Mandated Clients
McKaig, Ann McCullough
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v20 n4 p201-207 Dec 2003
This article describes a model for group art therapy using an art-based and relational-aesthetic approach. The group was developed to address the complicated issues presented when working with survivors of abuse who are court-mandated to attend counseling. The concept of "gender entrapment" (Richie, 1996) is offered to explain the survivors' circumstances. The author explores the benefits of utilizing the relational context, clinical training in art psychotherapy with special populations, and an implicit trust in the creative process in illustrating the positive effects of artmaking and group processes with these clients. Feminist frameworks are used to describe the population and address the complexities of healing from abuse within a context of oppression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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