19th NOVEMBER 2011
SCULPTURE AND THERAPY
How did sculpture and therapy begin?
In the early 1960’s, Virginia Satir, psychotherapist and author of the classic Peoplemaking, had each family member "sculpt" the other in a similar way as they presented their issues. Satir believed that it was easier for families to accurately see their situations rather than just talk about them. Contemporary drama therapists, music therapists, as well as dance therapists, often use expressive means to facilitate interaction between individuals, use the sculpting methods in their work. Projection on a three dimensional figure is a powerful tool.
Family art therapists have developed a variation of the original family sculpture technique, translating it into an intervention involving simple modelling clay or Plasticine. Simply put, a client makes a clay representation of each family member-- mother, father, siblings, and any other close or influential family members. The goal is not to make a realistic image of each family member, but rather an abstraction that reflects that individual's personality and role in the family. When all the sculptures are complete, the client arranges them in relation to each other, reflecting relationships and interactions. Gestalt therapy adds to this experience by facilitating the family members to identify with any of the sculptures and “speak“ from that person’s point of view. Thus, the family dynamics can be easily identified and worked with.
Objectives of sculpture therapy
To bring to the client‘s awareness, in the here and now, the many complex relationships that can be expressed in a simple way.
Who may benefit from this work?
This work is best used with family therapy and children. Group work can also benefit from making clay sculptures and shared with the group.
Making a sculpture using clay and/ or plasticine.
Sharing the work with the group
Enacting the family relationships in the present moment
Reflection about the process and learning about the issues enacted.
All materials are included.
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