School of Nursing and Midwifery , book of abstracts
Pádraig J Dunne, A Descriptive Case Study to explore the use of Projective Techniques in the group Dramatherapy setting with women exploring their Suicidal Ideation and Depression., 10th Annual interdisciplinary Research Conference : transforming Healthcare through research Education and technology, School of Nursing and Midwifery - 24 DOLier St Dub 2, 4/5 Nov 2009, School of Nursing and Midwifery, book of abstracts, 2009, 46 - 46
A Descriptive Case Study to explore the use of Projective Techniques in the group Dramatherapy setting with women exploring their Suicidal Ideation and Depression.
Author: Pàdraig J. Dunne, Clinical Dramatherapist, MA (DT), Pg. Dip, BNS Dip. NS, R.P.N. Trinity College Dublin.
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Aim: To explore specific projective techniques used in the Dramatherapy setting and how these techniques may benefit women suffering from depression and suicidal ideation.
Background: During therapy with these women anecdotal evidence began to emerge that projective techniques within the Dramatherapy sessions were beneficial for these women to aid the expression of their thoughts and feelings in relation to their depression and suicidal ideation. Following an extensive literature review it became obvious that little existed to support this argument especially within the health care setting. The study was embarked on to bridge the gap in the research between Art therapies and Health and to explore the notion that projective techniques specifically six-part story, Art/Drawing and Small World were beneficial for this client group during the sessions.
Setting: The study was conducted with specifically referred women admitted to a major Psychiatric care setting in Dublin with a DSM IV diagnosis of Depression with Suicidal Ideation.
Methodology: A descriptive case study approach was used exploring vignettes and findings from several varied and inventive data collection methods deemed necessary. Including participation and observation in groups, note taking, supervision and reflection notes, verbatim statements, semi-structured interviews, the Marion Social Atom model, a client’s evaluation tool and documented feedback from clinical staff. Ethical approval was received from both the institution and through individual consent forms.
Findings/ Conclusion: The findings indicated that the group focused their transformation during the therapy sessions around the use of certain projective techniques, some working better than others. The projective techniques provided a safe framework within the therapy sessions and permitted extensive exploration of suicidal ideation and depression allowing the women to name and own their thoughts and feeling in relation to their illness. The study also indicated that this type of therapy is very beneficial for clients suffering from depression.
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