Found feathers and jewels on steel wire
4 x 1 m
Spiritual identity through individual art therapy with a Singapore adolescent in a local academic setting
Recent studies have suggested spiritual identity makes up an individual identity as a whole. Hence, spiritual identity may be an aspect that adolescents could potentially explore as they undergo their identity formation stage. It can be explored creatively through art therapy in ways that words may not fully capture. Furthermore, Singapore adolescents spend most of their time in schools; a supportive environment for learning and exploration. Therefore, the present thesis investigated how art therapy may impact and inform the spiritual identity of a Singapore adolescent within an academic setting. The literature review pertaining to spiritual identity in adolescents, along with the relevance of discovering spiritual identity through art therapy, the selected methodology for this thesis, and areas of ethical considerations were underlined. It is suggested that spiritual identity may manifest itself in various ways. Accordingly, it is essential for art therapists to recognize and explore them in sessions with the adolescent. Finally, limitations of the thesis and areas for future research to be carried out with a variety of the methodological aspects, and use of relevant psychometric tools were suggested.
2019 – 2020
Art therapist trainee at a mainstream secondary school
Provided individual and group art therapy sessions for students. Proposed and painted a tree mural for the counselling room in the school.
Art therapist trainee at a general hospital
Provided art therapy sessions for both in-patients and out-patients. Planned and conducted eight weekly open art studio for staff.
2014 – present
Part-time weekend educator at a local mosque
Facilitate and educate as main educator in a class of maximum 20 students with ages ranging from 7 to 14. Incorporated art-making into lessons to engage students in their learning process.