Date of Award
MCM - MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Donna C. Owens
This capstone details the development and implementation of Hope Notes, an expressive arts therapy intervention used in a private psychiatric hospital setting. Hope Notes was carried out in the group setting with adolescent and adult clients in a partial-hospitalization or inpatient hospitalization with a range of diagnoses and symptoms including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma disorders including post-traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorder with symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, suicidality and homicidally. Using expressive arts therapy the clients worked together to collaboratively discuss, create, design, and build an art piece intended to increase group cohesion and connection on the unit. This directive allowed participants to engage in appropriate socialization, artistic expression, and helped facilitate group cohesion through the creative process as reported by treatment teams of the participants, and Rehabilitation staff members.
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Logan, Mariah L., "“There was something magical about this group”: Building Cohesion in a Psychiatric Hospital" (2019). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 197.
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