Dialoguing with Images: An art-based exploration in forensic treatment

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Thijs de Moor


This paper describes how art based inquiry can contribute to better understanding in art therapy treatment in the forensic facility the Pompekliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Patients in the Pompekliniek have committed serious offences and suffer from psychotic and/or personality disorders. The art therapy studio provides a holding and containing environment where both the patients and therapist can gain new insight into art therapeutic processes. The use of artistic material and the therapeutic process act as a vehicle for a better understanding of the forensic patient. The author describes how art- based interventions and art-based inquiry provide opportunities for reflection on the art therapeutic treatment in forensic psychiatry.

Keywords: Interaction, forensic, trauma, offence, material, treatment, attachment, art therapy, art-based research. 

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