Assessment is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. The professional whose manner and methods sets the client at ease will successfully obtain crucial data with both comfort and efficiency. The Kvebæk Sculpture Tool and Technique fits the bill by assisting the client to “get to the heart of the matter” by showing how his life feels right now — who is in the client’s life and how close or distant the client pictures self to these others. The data obtained points the way to the goal the client is longing for, and provides important information to help chart the way toward the desired outcome.
Below are actual examples of how a six-year old child sculpted “how it is now” and “how I want it to be” after his admission to a psychiatric hospital.
Which figure do you think he chose as himself, and which are his brother and his parents? What treatment options does this suggest with him and his parents?
The Kvebæk instrument is “hands on” and user friendly. Dr. Wayne J. Ehrisman, an experienced psychologist and clinical professor, wrote the following, “As a psychologist with interests in personality assessment, I was impressed by the potential of the Kvebaek for use as a projective technique, with particular applications for psychodynamic and family systems models of assessment and treatment.” He added, “…particularly useful for young children, who … communicate through non-verbal symbolic play materials … equally useful for adults as a projective technique that goes beyond the usual verbal narrative form of communicating internalized family dynamics.”
In the picture below, an elderly lady shows the significant people in her life after moving from her own home to a retirement center apartment.
Below, a school counselor sculpts a case.