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dc.contributor.advisorKeeling, June J.en
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Gwawr W.*
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-06T09:23:37Zen
dc.date.available2014-01-06T09:23:37Zen
dc.date.issued2013-10en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/310922en
dc.description.abstractThe topic of bilingualism in art therapy has been recognised as an important one for further investigation within the art psychotherapy literature; particularly, the need for qualitative research exploring the experiences of clients working bilingually. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of bilingual (Welsh-English) first-language Welsh-speaking clients receiving art psychotherapy through the medium of English in north Wales. The study used a mix of phenomenology and heuristic methodology with art-based inquiry, since it required the researcher to have had a direct personal connection with the topic of inquiry. Data were obtained from two study participants through the conducting of semi-structured interviews, which also included directive image-making. A thematic analysis identified three theoretical themes: the therapist’s Welsh language awareness; the client’s language identity, and communication. Each theme is discussed together with important sub-themes. Based on the empirical findings the study concludes that receiving art psychotherapy through the medium of English (if the recipient is a Welsh-English bilingual) does impact upon the therapeutic experience and presents a number of key recommendations regarding areas for future research, practical implications for art psychotherapist training and art psychotherapy practice in a bilingual setting.
dc.description.sponsorshipGwynedd Councilen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectart psychotherapyen
dc.subjectbilingualismen
dc.subjectWelshen
dc.subjectlanguageen
dc.subjectcommunicationen
dc.titleArt psychotherapy: Understanding the experiences of first language Welsh speaking clients receiving art psychotherapy through the medium of English in north Walesen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.publisher.departmentGwynedd Councilen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-14T01:47:21Z
html.description.abstractThe topic of bilingualism in art therapy has been recognised as an important one for further investigation within the art psychotherapy literature; particularly, the need for qualitative research exploring the experiences of clients working bilingually. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of bilingual (Welsh-English) first-language Welsh-speaking clients receiving art psychotherapy through the medium of English in north Wales. The study used a mix of phenomenology and heuristic methodology with art-based inquiry, since it required the researcher to have had a direct personal connection with the topic of inquiry. Data were obtained from two study participants through the conducting of semi-structured interviews, which also included directive image-making. A thematic analysis identified three theoretical themes: the therapist’s Welsh language awareness; the client’s language identity, and communication. Each theme is discussed together with important sub-themes. Based on the empirical findings the study concludes that receiving art psychotherapy through the medium of English (if the recipient is a Welsh-English bilingual) does impact upon the therapeutic experience and presents a number of key recommendations regarding areas for future research, practical implications for art psychotherapist training and art psychotherapy practice in a bilingual setting.


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