Art Therapy

Art therapy programme in Hong Kong helps patients with mental illness

Joe Chan took part in an art therapy course. Photo: Nora Tam

Glimpsing into a mind troubled by mental illness may sound difficult, but an art therapy programme by the University of Hong Kong has opened a window into the hearts and minds of people with such a condition.

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 12:22pm

Smart therapy

A new form of therapy which combines art and technology helps mentally or physically abused children overcome their fears and lead a normal life again.

Traditionally, psychological therapy involves different artistic mediums, such as drawings. But the Smart Ambience Therapy (SAT) is different.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Four phases of SAT

Phase 1: Assessment and rapport-building

Let the children warm up and be more active. Encourage them to build up their confidence in the art therapists and SAT.

Activity: Ribbon Dancing

Phase 2: Addressing issues around abuse

Let the therapists know about the children's problems or abuse.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Interactive games offer alternative therapy

Homegrown interactive computer games have been shown to successfully treat children with behavioural problems. Children who had been abused regained their confidence and became less aggressive.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Therapist finds art a creative way of helping others

I always enjoyed art at school in Pennsylvania in the US, and I always had fun whether it was drawing, painting or sculpting.

When I was young I attended an after-school art programme. The subject was in clay and my teacher was a famous ceramicist. She inspired me to create even at that young age and she eventually moved me from a class of my peers to a more advanced one.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Project praised for drawing varied talent

Apart from bringing in Olympic medalists and renowned pianists, the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme has attracted talented people with unusual skills since it was launched by the Immigration Department 14 months ago.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

I wanna be an art therapist

What qualifications do you need?

6 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Cyber psychology

Three years ago, I typed 'online therapy' into a search engine and got zero hits. Recently, I did the same and got 11.5 million. In a speed warp of another kind, psychology's lumbering professional organisations and regulatory bodies are scrambling to take a position on this new way to deliver mental wellness. What is the view of professionals on how well it works? Who are the therapists?

31 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

The art of self-discovery

MANY PEOPLE consult their horoscopes, a feng shui master or even books on interpreting dreams to gain a better understanding of themselves. Rarely do they realise that with the help of art therapists, their own drawings - no matter how simple or clumsy - can often tell a lot about their unconscious mind.

20 Dec 2001 - 12:00am