Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Dr. Ara Parker
This thesis investigates the role of therapeutic space in expressive arts therapy through an interdisciplinary and international literature review. Definitions of therapeutic space and therapeutic space design are explored. This paper is theoretically grounded in the notion of good-enough therapeutic space, which is adapted from Winnicott’s (as cited in Davis & Wallbridge, 2004/1981) concept of a good-enough holding environment and Moskowitz-Corrois’s (2018) understanding of therapeutic space. Personal internship experiences of not-good-enough therapeutic space and a personal arts-based inquiry conceptualizing good-enough therapeutic space are discussed. Research from non-therapeutic and therapeutic settings, for both general and specific populations, are surveyed. The literature establishes the positive impact that therapeutic space design can have on the therapeutic relationship. A checklist of good-enough therapeutic space design considerations for the expressive arts therapist, inspired by Liddicoat (2018), is drafted and presented. These considerations are accessible, adaptable, and applicable to the expressive arts. The roles of the therapist and client in the design process, limitations of this paper, and directions for further research are identified.
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Kreshak, Rebecca, "Good-Enough Therapeutic Space Design: A Literature Review and Considerations for Expressive Arts Therapy" (2020). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 307.
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