A Model for Art Therapy-Based Supervision for End-of-Life Care Workers in Hong Kong

Death Stud. 2015 Jan-Jun;39(1-5):44-51. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2013.859187. Epub 2014 Jun 23.


End-of-life care workers and volunteers are particularly prone to burnout given the intense emotional and existential nature of their work. Supervision is one important way to provide adequate support that focuses on both professional and personal competencies. The inclusion of art therapy principles and practices within supervision further creates a dynamic platform for sustained self-reflection. A 6-week art therapy-based supervision group provided opportunities for developing emotional awareness, recognizing professional strengths, securing collegial relationships, and reflecting on death-related memories. The structure, rationale, and feedback are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Art Therapy / methods*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Death
  • Burnout, Professional* / etiology
  • Burnout, Professional* / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional* / psychology
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organization and Administration*
  • Professional Competence
  • Sensitivity Training Groups
  • Terminal Care / psychology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Volunteers / psychology*