Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MAE - Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies


Expressive Therapies


Stephenson, Raquel


This thesis aims to provide research and data to support the use of response art for expressive therapists working in a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Research on the successful use of response art suggests that response art is a fundamental tool in non-verbal processing and containing emotions and countertransference. Group members engaged in expressive therapy session after which the therapist created response art. The process took place at a PHP for children and adolescents multiple times between October 2018 and February 2019, each time with different group members. The members ranged between 10 and 15 years of age and included various diagnoses with a commonality being they all met the level of crisis required for PHP. Results showed this method of processing group interventions to be successful with non-verbal processing and containing countertransference.

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