Observations on the use of the synallactic group image technique in an after care group
Journal/Book: Art Psychotherapy. 1976; 3: 23-26.
Abstract: Because psychiatric hospitalizations are becoming briefer, more effective aftercare treatment is needed. This paper recommends and describes a combined art and group therapy method, the synallactic group image technique developed by G. Vassiliou (1968). Each patient paints spontaneously, but only one painting is selected by the group for discussion. The result of the combined projected perceptions and meanings are considered to be a collective image which represents the central theme of the session. Implications for aftercare and the need for further research are discussed.
Note: synallactic group image technique; implications for aftercare treatment following psychiatric hospitalization
Keyword(s): Art therapy; aftercare ; psychiatric patients; psychiatric hospital discharge; group psychotherapy