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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2006 August;165(4):141-7
Experiences in art therapy
Porzio G., Capuano A. L., Marocchino R.
DSM 5/a - Rivoli (TO)
The present study aims to make a small contribution to the spread of art therapy within mental health structures. It begins with the description of an art therapy experience at Rivoli Hospital. This took place in the kitchen where tables were prepared for doing drawings or paintings. The participants were hospitalized patients without pathological distinction, who chose to take part freely. An art therapist attended along with the patients and took notes on their work. At the end, the physician commented on the patients’ drawings and the notes of the art therapist. The paper attempts to outline the theoretical path that led from the enunciation of various hypotheses regarding art as an expression of symbols and forms of the outside world, to the setting up of what has become a veritable branch of therapeutic science: art therapy. Understanding of the procedures for employing this science starts from a description of the dynamics of the infant world and the relationship of the mind with its objects. Here we move from one meaning to another with various technical and expressive modalities. Basing ourselves on the artistic space which we all possess virtually in our internal world the conclusion is reached that each psychiatric patient can be enabled to give his own tonality to his most internal vibrations.