This option entails designing a creative therapeutic directive for a particular diagnostic or community population (of which you are not a part) that you are curious about and seek to develop greater compassion toward. Students will work on researching and designing a therapeutic art directive or adaptation to a preexisting directive. The 4-5 page paper will explore the process involved in implementing the directive; the population for which it is designed; and possible implications of using the material or method in treatment. The research component will discuss a minimum of two outside scholarly sources demonstrating the value of the particular directive, medium, or approach and its applicability to the population. The student may complete a sample project to demonstrate the directive or provide examples of similar approaches from research. The directive will be formally presented to the class.
These directives should be designed with a central issue in mind and not try to tackle all of the possible problems faced by a given population or group. For example, if in your research you discover that members of your chosen population experience PTSD and often report struggles with sleep disturbance or nightmares, you may want to propose a group project focused on venting and transforming their dreams in a group session.
Broad categories for consideration include individuals and groups of individuals living with:
*Autism Spectrum Disorders
*Traumatic brain injury
*Depression or anxiety
*Medical Illness and/or physical pain
*Refugee and displaced populations
*Domestic or intimate partner violence
*Food and/or residence insecurity
This is not an exhaustive list! If you have populations in mind that you are passionate about, please bring this up to me in individual consultation.
The paper should cover the following items:
Definition and description of the client population or diagnostic category; the central issue you wish to address. Safety issues that are influencing your approach.
You want to make this section tight and specific, including details such as age range, gender identity, criteria for diagnosis and diagnostic definition (if using), group size and proposed settings.
The pitch for your proposed project. Description of specific intentions, instructions for, and tools of the directive.
Here you want to delve deeper into the approach you are proposing to use with the participants and validate that approach with research in the field as well as your intuitions. Give evidence of why you think this particular directive or modality effectively addresses the specific problem or circumstance faced by your clients. Take us step-by-step through the directive, its tools, and intended outcomes/products.
Discussion of efficacy, applicability, and expansion to other populations. Point to other successful therapeutic interventions and reports of the population members’ experience. Discuss potential issues (resistances, problems of safety, confidentiality, setting, materials use) that may be anticipated in delivering the directive, and how they may be addressed. Consider ways that the directive may be adapted to serve a variety of clients.
Conclude with a summary of the central thesis and your conclusions