A postmodernist art therapy group curriculum for women who have been abused by their male partners [thesis]

Sarah E. Milner
A prevalence of physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse of women by their male partners exists in North America. Numerous physical and mental health problems are associated with the female victims of such abuse. Although there are a range of treatment interventions available to help both the abusers and victims of partner abuse, the viable treatment option of an art therapy group for abused women has not been well represented in the literature. To fill in this gap in the
more » ... I have developed an art therapy group curriculum that emphasizes the process of making art, and not the end-product of art to benefit both practitioners and abused women. This curriculum provides practitioners with a new and alternative option for working with women consisting of postmodernist and Person Centered approaches that, if implemented, will provide women of abuse with safe and creative group environments in which to heal. I have developed this curriculum in alignment with feminist concerns of power imbalances in North American patriarchal society. It is structured in a manner that allows women the freedom to determine appropriate topics, media, and art activities, as well as to develop their own unique perspectives for their life experiences.
doi:10.24124/2003/bpgub1264 fatcat:3dla2bp7rnh5xnfesak6ul6cku