Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Raquel Stephenson


This capstone focused on working with adolescents with special needs through art experiences. The framework in working with has evolved into the incorporation of social-emotional learning. Social-emotional benchmarks have been present in common themes in working with the special needs population. Art has been seen as a beneficial tool in therapeutic work with this population concerning cognitive growth, emotional regulation, adaptive behavioral styles, and physical development. This capstone specifically highlighted collaborative art and its role in an art group composed of adolescents in a school setting. Collaborative art experiences were presented through art partner work. Data was collected through observations, group process notes, discussions with multiple staff members, and intentional group curriculum. Through the presentation, process, completion and sharing of the collaborative art experience, data collected has presented an overall positive experience of this art group. Students participated and fully engaged in social-emotional learning through the process of collaborative art, proving art as a method to be a potentially useful tool in working with this population therapeutically.

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