The Communication Model is a brand new model of care that is intended to help an individual deal with mental distress. It is an original system of care that involves emotionally connecting an individual with psychological distress to a practitioner through means of abstract line frequency – like drawings. The communication model is an intervention. It can be applied to individuals without a DSM diagnosis – but who often experience high levels of inner turmoil while maintaining a high-level career, good family structures and firm groundings in the community. The Communication Model was developed in 2005. It integrates aspects from my Bachelor of Arts degree in “Arts Policy Management and Education, specialization in Museum Visual Art Education” / “Cultuur en Beleid, specializatie Kunsteducatie.” 2001. These aspects include searching for a higher purpose in life, connecting to emotion, exploring feelings, looking for the source of despair and connecting to another human being (the practitioner) through conversation and visual art abstract drawings. The method of the intervention includes a Triangle method. It involves the individual with mental distress, the practitioner and the abstract drawing. The practitioner experiences the emotional connection – the counter-transference – and draws the emotional connection of the conversation down on paper. The interaction between the individual, the practitioner and the abstract drawing completes the triangle effect. This is the intervention. This triangle effect alleviates pain and psychological distress because it taps into a unconscious part of the mentally distressed individuals psyche. This process of communication involves the coding and decoding of verbal and non-verbal messages, especially messages involving complicated and emotional deciphering. The practitioner untangles the emotional message by using insights into the psychological state and transforms them into an abstract drawing – indicating a map-like external process that enables the individual to understand the complexity of the emotional situation. Enhancing his/her ability to comprehend the vast nature of many human problems. This method of illustration, indicates that it takes a lot of understanding, exploring and reflecting in order to untangle the abstraction. Finally, on the completion of the Communication Model intervention, the individual with the mental distress goes away with an increased awareness and a higher consciousness relating to their own individualism.
Written by Annuska van der Pol, BA / PDD-IMHA
1. 2013 Camosun College Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Post Degree Diploma Program
2. 2001 InHolland University of Applied Sciences, B.A. in Arts, Policy, Management and Education
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