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Reconnecting With Self: Using Metaphor And Arts-Based Inquiry With Acquired Injury And Illness
Date of Award
RECONNECTING WITH SELF: USING METAPHOR AND ARTS-BASED INQUIRY WITH ACQUIRED INJURY AND ILLNESS
JULIE C. MORENO
Advisor: Dr. Holly Feen
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Using the qualitative methodology of arts-based evocative autoethnographic research, I perform an inquiry into the phenomenon of disconnecting and reconnecting to self through acquired injury and illness. By examining my own experience with an acquired injury and illness, I am able to demonstrate empathy and increased insight as a counselor and art therapist working with individuals with acquired injury and illness. This investigation explores the utilization of arts-based methods including photovoice, responsive art work, and prose in addition to the role of art therapy and metaphor therapy in counseling in reconnecting with meaning and identity after loss. The genre of arts-based evocative autoethnography is not only therapeutic for the author, but can also be curative for the reader through its engaging universal themes.
Moreno, Julie, "Reconnecting With Self: Using Metaphor And Arts-Based Inquiry With Acquired Injury And Illness" (2018). Wayne State University Dissertations. 2119.