Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MCM - MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Expressive Therapies


Nancy Jo Cardillo


Although every job has its own set of obstacles, struggles and stressors that are unique to their profession, teachers face multidimensional stressors that can have negative impacts on them personally and professionally (Abel & Sewell, 1999). Research shows that teachers have multiple layers of stress that have the potential to lead to burnout, mental health problems, physical health problems and poor student relationships. This thesis outlines the existing research on the sources of stress for teachers, the impacts of the stress and the lack of consistent support and interventions for these teachers. While support for teachers does exist, it is greatly limited. This paper reviews existing research regarding expressive arts therapy and its positive effects on stress. Furthermore, an argument is made that expressive arts therapy, either integrated or individual modalities, can be helpful for teachers during their school day, provided individually and within a supportive group setting. The paper provides a series of practice and research recommendations.

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