Mural art therapy for young offenders hospitalised with a mental illness. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Mural art therapy for young offenders hospitalised with a mental illness.
Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Feb ;23(1):49-53. Epub 2014 Dec 17. PMID: 25519999
OBJECTIVE: To describe a mural art therapy project completed within an adolescent unit of a secure forensic psychiatric hospital.
METHOD: The planning, implementation and consecutive stages of the mural art therapy project are described. Pertinent themes are identified.
RESULTS: A cohort of adolescent forensic inpatients was engaged in a group therapeutic process involving collaboration, design and the completion of an art mural. The participants generally approved of the project and identified themes of gaining a sense of achievement, empowerment, teamwork, involvement and ownership. The art mural transformed and improved the visual and spatial environment of the Adolescent unit courtyard.
CONCLUSIONS: Mural art therapy was acceptable to young offenders hospitalised with mental illness, which has relevance for adolescent psychiatric units and youth detention centres.