By emphasizing the development of professional self-efficacy in occupational therapy students, educators can support and maintain the use of occupation as a central philosophy and core value of our profession.By supporting the development of core professional attributes early in education, faculty can support the development of future practitioners who will maintain the use of occupation as the core of our profession, and will ensure that future occupational therapists do continue to use occupation as central to their practice.
Thirdly, I examine the main overlapping principles between expressive arts therapy and Christianity, discuss their similarities and differences.
I conclude my thesis in reflecting on how these themes have impacted me on my journey of becoming an expressive arts therapist.“Becoming an Artist through the Expressive Arts” is an art based research which presents the author’s experience with the arts and how this experience changed her perception of what it is to be an artist.
Using the lens of activity theory, this is one account of a healthcare profession that pays unusual attention to patients' whole lives through genres that mediate shared agency between the caregiver and patient.
It is also, however, the story of the ways in which this identity, as a uniquely occupation-based discipline, becomes obscured as therapists translate their work to genres created and controlled by other, more powerful activity systems.
The exploration and presentation of a particular performance allowed her to identify five aspects which enabled her to become an artist: recognizing her own wound, allowing herself to be led by the images, cultivating inner presence, retracing, fragmenting and integrating her stories and being permeable to the context.
The five aspects discovered were also recognized in her practicum with different populations as an Expressive Arts therapist.This study presents the narratives of four occupational therapists and the literate activities that inform their practice.Their voices, as excerpted in this case study, join a strong, ongoing conversation in writing and rhetoric studies about the relationship between genre and identity.Following an exploration of health and illness from an occupational perspective, the position of occupational therapists as agents for promoting health according to their view of occupation is considered.This electronic version is made publicly available by the University of Adelaide in accordance with its open access policy for student theses. This thesis may incorporate third party material which has been used by the author pursuant to Fair Dealing exception.This thesis explores applying Expressive Arts Therapy to an Occupational Therapy setting with patients suffering mental illness.By investigating how they think and feel regarding their arts and crafts work related to the experi- ence and application to their lives.In my thesis, I explore how this relationship connects to me being an artist and becoming an expressive arts therapist. Firstly, I discuss my personal relationship with God as Creator, how it was built and how it has guided my life.I also add to my biblical understanding of God as Creator and how it reflects on important themes such as suffering, sin and salvation.Secondly, I discuss my journey of becoming an artist, the art process and how my understanding of art developed throughout the years.I explore the relationship between art and how it connects to the Christian faith and life.