Theses & Major Projects
by Charmaine Husum
How can using one art therapy activity which integrates all three stages of trauma therapy as outlined by Judith Herman (1992b), help survivors of trauma and abuse heal? What precautions need to be made to assure safety and stabilization are established and felt throughout?
by Heidi Bragg
This thesis begins with a single case study that seeks to understand the following question: What are the parallel processes of personal growth for a young female intern and an older male client in a psychodynamic art therapy process?
by Evie Dunville
The intern explored the creative process of an adolescent client as they collaborated to develop a book.
by Lindsay Dew
This thesis explores metaphors that are inherent in a variety of art mediums used in art therapy and reflects upon their therapeutic value.
by Michelle Murphy
This research project explored the value and function of group art therapy by illuminating its benefits for individuals with chronic mental illnesses who reside in tertiary psychiatric care.
by Genevieve Gagnon
This thesis presents the Bank of Ideas, a socially engaged art project that explored concepts of self-care and community well-being through a series of fourteen workshops.
by Erica Gosselin
In this thesis, I explore my personal journey of discovery; I recognize how to balance both sides of my identity - as both an artist and an art therapist - and how to use them to effectively co-create with an eight-year-old girl named Violet.
by Heidi Pedersen
This thesis examines the value of a drop in art therapy group for residents at an emergency shelter. Specifically, this thesis examines the role of intentional strength building art therapy directives with recent trauma survivors.
by Seamus Gray
I have moved increasingly into the realm of additive sculpture. If ecology is the relationship between organisms and also their relationship with the environment they live in, then ecological art reflects, expresses and honours our connection with the world and all of that which is in our experience.
by Aislinn Cornett
This thesis explores the question: what is the value and function of creating altered art objects in an alternative education program with at-risk adolescents?
by Noel Dupuis
This children's book was inspired by one boy’s experience with art therapy while coping with grief.
by Sandra Hewitt-Parsons
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Story of the Witch Behind the Wallpaper is an art show which builds on dream analysis to explore latent themes that relate to childhood dreams and other personal experiences as an eight year old girl and a survivor of a traumatic stroke.
by Angelica Atkins
This self-study was an arts-based exploration of identity through spontaneous art making and poetry writing in the context of the final year of training group at an art therapy institute.
by Sylvia Calatayud Catano
The intention of this thesis is to examine the lived experience of immigrant women on their path towards a new cultural identity in the context of using art therapy, participatory photography and personal narratives.
by Katy Vinson
Participating in an Art Group is an opportunity for people receiving psychiatric services to actively create health in their lives. The intention of this paper is to: document a PowerPoint presentation, demonstrate the heath created by the Art Group, provide information on the approaches used in the Art Group and to encourage and promote the continuation of the Art Group.
by Laura Andrew
The intention of this research study was to explore the value of a therapeutic art group for international high school students.
by Lindsay Joy Hamilton
This thesis explores the nature of practicing art therapy with a family facing the terminal illness of one of the members; and seeks to discover where in lies the meaning and value of making and sharing art during the intense moments of losing as loved one.
by Kate Leppard
By illuminating ten activities that have been inspired or spontaneously created by adults with developmental disabilities in art therapy sessions, this book demonstrates the benefits of using a humanistic approach to art therapy.
by Rossana Garcia Manzano Mateos
by Cindy Fawcett
This research study highlights the intersection of mindfulness and art psychotherapy and its influence on trauma recovery work with a group for female survivors of childhood trauma in later stages of recovery.
by Geri Nolan Hilfiker
This thesis will explore the question of how does cyanotype photography integrate into an eco art therapy practice.
by Jessica A. Fukushima
This thesis paper is designed to look at how art therapy came to be integrated into a hospice day program and to demonstrate the value of art therapy to this unique population through capturing of their experiences and accounts and what is the lived experience of knowing that you have a life-threatening to investigate illness.
by Kristin Dillenbeck
This thesis illustrates the benefits of using a developmental approach to art therapy in conjunction with neurology by presenting a single case phenomenological case study of a teen girl with brain trauma.
by Theresa Swan
This thesis is a response to the question: What is the value and significance of integrating art therapy and a feminist approach in working with women who have experienced violence?
by Dianne B. Shannon
This research explores the use of reflection cards that the researcher created to help support the therapeutic goals of the special education program for adults who have developmental disabilities and who attended weekly group art therapy sessions.
by Juanita Kiff
The intention of this study is to assess the benefits of using the Expressive Therapies Continuum when working with issues stemming from adoption.
by Allyson Fisher
The primary focus this research study is the therapeutic value of narrative in childhood and the role it plays within the context of art therapy.
by Sarah Leyes
This thesis asks the question how does short-term art therapy assess and improve appropriate emotional expression and emotional identification?
by Sanda Ottewell-Watson
This research enquiry links theoretical perspectives of art therapy and cancer care to the potential for art and art making as a means for co-creating meaning, by creating art alongside others in an interactive studio environment.
by Lea Sorli
This study illustrates how people living with dementia hold and can share the wisdom of elders. My focus is two fold: the value of art therapy with people living with dementia, and secondly the value of working with this population for training art therapists.
by Jeffrey More
This booklet intends to show that art therapy is an exceptional way to meet the healing needs of First Nations’ people and communities. It also will demonstrate that the practice of art therapy has similarities with First Nations’ cultural practices.
by Zoe Armstrong
This thesis will explore the question: What are benefits and challenges of integrating a bi-weekly art therapy program into an alternative education setting with youth at risk?
by Janet L. Kares Groom
This thesis examines the experiences of four children who engaged with therapeutic mask work in a safe environment. Prompted by the research question “How does participating in mask work in a guided workshop contribute to a child’s ability to enter liminal/potential space?” this thesis considers the impact of intuitive mask making and directed play.
by Angela M. Poot
This case study demonstrates the value of using computers creatively for the development of self among at-risk youth.
by Jackie Laverty
This thesis asks the question: how does early intervention of art therapy benefit children affected by FASD?
by Tzipora Weinberg
This research project focuses on the development of an ecological identity in children (ages 7 - 10), and the value of ecological intention in art therapy treatment.
by Nicole Marie Tarasiuk
Can Parent Child Dyad Art Therapy in a community setting function as Early Intervention?
by Sarah Roesler
This paper presents a qualitative study of the use of art therapy in the maintenance of ‘self’ with six individuals in the advanced stages of dementia. It seeks to find ways for health care professionals, therapists, and caregivers to maintain quality of life and help those in the severe stages of dementia preserve a sense of self.
by Catherine Karremans
The purpose of this study was to explore how the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and art therapy in a men's residential treatment center would affect the treatment process.
by Jordan Sombrutzki
This thesis explores therapeutic presence in the non-clinical setting of an after school program with pre-teens facilitated by an art therapy intern.
by Gerri Ann Riehl
This thesis examines how art making can be utilized in the Supervision process as a way of strengthening the identity, resiliency, and holding capacity of the art therapist.
by David W. Holliday
This thesis examines the experiences of a Salvation Army Officer as he attempted to combine the roles of chaplain and art therapist in an addictions treatment centre.
by Marcelle Edwards
This thesis explores the building of trust, hope and a heightened sense of positive self identity with culturally diverse groups of people, encountered while working from 2005 to 2008 as a professional cooperant in international development in the South American country of Bolivia.
by Sabine Fleschutz
This thesis shows the development of a student at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute during her two years of study. It attempts to show how vital the preparation and presentation of a personal case study is at the end of the study for the purpose of integration and completion.
by Jean Tait
In this paper the role visual imagery provides as a foundation for the emergence of storytelling or personal mythmaking (mythopoesis) is examined with an Aboriginal cultural basis. A single case study emerges from one woman's experience in an open community art studio.
by Steve Heynen
This study investigates aggressive imagery in the art and play of latency-age children (7-11 years), seeking to clarify the possible meanings and messages communicated by that imagery. The specific question addressed is: what may be communicated by aggression in the imagery of latency-age children?
by Jeremy Addington
A qualitative study of a group of men with addictions in an intensive, psycho-educational, outpatient program using art therapy interventions and phototherapy exercises to increase self-awareness and self-understanding.
by David Baudemont, PhD.
A new analytical method based on the writing of monologues has been used to interpret the obsessions and compulsive behaviours of an 11-year-old boy with autism.
by Deborah Theriault
This thesis describes the art therapy process of patients, on an individual basis, making a quilt for the oncology ward. The question of this thesis is: What do cancer patients express in the content of their artwork?
by Brandon Murdoch
My topic explores the possibilities and experiences clay work offers to the exceptional child. I investigate the relationship of learned helplessness to the use of the third hand in the art making process.
by Nicole Gabrielle LeBihan
This thesis explores how art therapy functions as a valuable treatment for childhood suicide. A retrospective case study of a nine-year old boy is presented using a hermeneutic phenomenological framework to analyze the data.
by Felicitas Drobig, OSU
This thesis explores the relationship between creation, Creator and the creative act. It traces models of Christian relationship to the land and highlights Hildegard of Bingen's concept of "veriditas" or greening power. It presents the art of ten women who were asked to depict their relationship with God through using nature and/or weather metaphor.
by Jennifer Hakola
This study examines the value of art therapy for the elderly in a long term care facility. Psychoanalysis, object relations theory, and phenomenology are highlighted in relation to the art therapy approach used in this study.
by Laura K. Tibando
The purpose of this study is to investigate themes of containment and security as reflected in constructed houses and environments by children in an art therapy group.
by Andrea Hrysko
This research paper reviews the process and outcomes of a group of people with developmental disabilities who participated in group art therapy and the co-creation of body imagery (mask-making and body tracing).
by Patricia Flynn
This thesis uses a humanistic and phenomenological approach to study a group of seven men and women between the ages of 35 and 70 who took part in empirical and qualitative research. This research examined the essence of how one perceives God and the meaning of “God” in one’s life, especially in times of suffering and confusion.
by Judy L. Whitford
This thesis explores the experience of Aboriginal children participating in art therapy with a focus on how art provides a language to express their inner thoughts and emotions.
by Cori Devlin
This thesis represents a broad stroke across the history of cross cultural arts and healing rituals, the history of the art of the mentally ill and the psychological theories that informed the development of art therapy as a profession. The question explored in this thesis is: "How can art therapy history and theory be intentionally integrated to develop a studio based art therapy model that would enhance the therapeutic benefits of art making for people experiencing mental illness?"
by Catherine Swanston
This study examines the usefulness of including the game of Scribble Tag in the initial assessment process with children who have witnessed and experienced abuse.
by Linda C. Mahoney
In this paper, the role of movement and the kinaesthetic sense as a form of perception, in combination with the concept of balance and rhythm (Cane, 1983), is explored through a qualitative analysis of the phenomena of vigorous gross motor movement of the arm in the spontaneous creation of images with art media.
by Millie Neufeld-Cumming
This study is an exploration into the nature of creativity and its function in the art therapy process with an adolescent client who has issues of anxiety, identity and agoraphobia.
by Jennifer Peterson
This thesis examines the value of creating evil puppets in Art Therapy treatment with latency aged boys who have experienced domestic violence.
by Christine Lummis
The purpose of this thesis is to outline ways that art therapy can be integrated into the women's DEW Program. My intention is to raise awareness of ways in which art therapy can act as a primary function within treatment to address addiction and the underlying issues involved.
by Heather Cameron
This thesis gives an overview of the use of art therapy with people in chronic pain. It begins with a discussion of the unknowability of another's pain and the lack of language to communicate the experience of pain. It goes on to suggest that making art can provide an effective vehicle for the expression of pain.
by Debra Barrett
This project is designed to explain the efficacy of art therapy for children within school systems, while at the same time pointing out the commonality of purposes contained in both the educational and therapeutic goals.
by Irene Crick
A review of available literature has uncovered few direct correlations between art therapy and increased self-esteem in children. This paper demonstrates that two children who came to the attention of special education teachers with a variety of diagnoses and/or issues exhibited a significant rise in self-esteem indicators after a minimum of twenty sessions of art therapy.
by Roger Luscombe
Art therapy can provide a child with the opportunity to heal and grow. In the safety of the Art Therapy room, and with the unconditional support of the therapist, children can utilize their own creative potential to learn, to resolve difficulties and to move on in their lives as balanced individuals. In writing this handbook, it is my hope that parents and caregivers will have available to them some of the basic theory and processes of Art Therapy with children.
by Diana Hoffman
This study documents the benefits of art-making for 16 family groups of women and children who were invited to participate in a spontaneous art experience while residing at the Transition House in Prince Rupert.
by Michelle Stoutenberg
My thesis explores the value of art therapy in the treatment of acquaintance rape in the adolescent population.
by Audrey Ward
There is a legacy of abused and neglected children in First Nations communities resulting from what amounts to ongoing attempted cultural genocide by the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada. My thesis is that the use of art is helpful in assisting clients to identify and work through issues, which are a direct result of 123 years of enforced, mandatory attendance at Indian residential schools.
by Amy Allan
Research for this paper is based on a retrospective analysis of the artwork and therapeutic process of an adolescent boy. The client's art therapy process has been presented as a poetic narrative which explores the creative and destructive elements of adolescent identity formation.
by Martine Bedard
Post-session art making is the creation of artwork by the art therapist after an art therapy session with a client or a group. This heuristic study explores the experience of post-session art making by the author and six other art therapy students.
by Gail Joy
This thesis examines change in the treatment of addictions using an art therapy process, relating it metaphorically to the process of epistemological and ontological change in rites of passage.
by Katharyn E. Morgan
The functions of art-making in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) with children and youth have not previously been fully examined. This study furthers the inquiry in this area by documenting the inclusion of art-making in four specific debriefings with a total of 29 participants, ages 8 to 18 years.
by Jan Souza
As a mental health professional, I have initiated and co-facilitated a spontaneous art therapy group for eating-disordered adolescent clients for the last four years. My thesis is that art can act as symbolic food, which is in the control of the client, thus empowering them to help themselves and improve their overall health.
by Avril Symington
The present self-study documents my personal experience of the effectiveness of the scribble technique, introduced in Florence Cane's book The Artist in Each of Us, in identifying and overcoming my "therapeutic resistance" in art therapy. The issue of resistance, my perception of it, and my struggle to get beyond it, are documented in my scribble images and the written descriptions which accompany them.