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Nguyen Duc Nhu Thuy

Nguyen Duc Nhu Thuy

MA Art Therapy
2018 — 2020

Nguyen Thuy hails from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) in 2012 and worked on different community projects with international NGOs. Her experiences include working with disadvantaged ethnic minority groups in remote areas of Vietnam as well as along the Mekong Delta. She is passionate about working with seniors, women and children from low income families, who face abuse and discrimination. As part of her MA Art Therapy training, she worked with Singaporean children and youths from low-income families. Some are living with disabilities, while others have experienced abuse and are staying in residential care. Thuy is a recipient of the LASALLE Scholarship for MA Studies.



Canvas, marbles, wires, LED light
10 x 40 x 40 cm installation

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Thesis abstract

Mending the psychic skin: Art therapy with a female adolescent with self-harm tendency in residential care

In Singapore, female adolescents’ exposure to higher risk of engagement in self-harm behavior has become more and more alarming. Therefore, this thesis focuses on how art therapy can function as an intervention for a female adolescent with self-harm tendencies in a residential care setting. In the study, a practitioner-based approach was applied with a qualitative research methodology, where the art therapist trainee used one of the cases in the clinical placement practice to discuss the findings as a single case study. The client, May, has had the urge to cut herself every time she felt the separation and abandonment from her mother, which leads to the concept of psychic skin being applied to conceptualize the therapy work with her. During the therapy process, the art material and space served as a substitute psychic skin for her to gradually separate herself from her mother and let the self emerge in an integrated manner.

Work experience

2019 – 2020
Art therapist trainee at a residential children home in Singapore.
Provided group and individual art therapy sessions for children and teenagers with history of abuse and neglect, some had developmental disabilities. Provided art therapy self-care workshops for social workers and care staffs.

Campus Impact
Art therapist trainee
Provided group and individual art therapy sessions for children aged 7–12. The overall aim was to support emotional resilience and healthy social interactions.

Room to Read Vietnam.
Senior research, monitoring & evaluation associate
Researched and analysed needs of new girls and family in Girl’s Education Program. Evaluate efficacy of Literacy Program in more than 10 provinces in Vietnam.

2016 – 2018
Room to Read Vietnam
Senior program associate
Worked to enhance gender equality in education for eight schools in the Mekong Delta in Girl’s Education Program. Trained and coached co-workers, teachers and local education managers on gender equality, life skills training, psychological well-being of young women.

2014 – 2016
Catalyst Foundation Vietnam
Social worker
Conducted community development projects for a disadvantaged minority ethnic group in the middle area of Vietnam.